THE HAND…

I went searching for one song and found this one. Trust me to tell you that I’m glad I did. The song is called “THE HAND OF THE LORD RICKY DILLARD & NEW G FEATURING TINA CAMPBELL. I hope you listen to the entire song especially the vocals by Tina Campbell. Tina is 1/2 of the gospel duo Mary Mary. They are both doing solo work nowadays. Erica has always been my favorite but after listening to Tina on this track, she certainly move up the ladder several notches. Please continue to pray for the families whose lives have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. Also, do what you can to help them. Every little bit helps.

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I NEED YOU TO SURVIVE……….. THANK YOU

This is the first song that I thought about today when I began thinking about a way to say THANK YOU to all of the bloggers, friends, and anyone who comes to visit this blog. The truth is that we all need each other on this planet more than we know in order to survive. I think about all of the violence going on in this country basically regarding race. I think it is so ironic that in one week to see people fighting each other and then the next week pulling together to watch the sun and the moon (the eclipse). AND then the following week people having to merge together to support each other because of a major hurricane that is devastating lives. Sometimes we can’t see the big picture because we’re all up in the frame.
Okay, back to the reason I’m doing this post. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…for all of the likes, the comments, the love, the education, the friendship, and just for being you. If I posted this song before, just know that I like the song just as much now as I did before. Again, I appreciate you all…
“I NEED YOU TO SURVIVE” is by Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir…

STILL I RISE…

Today I’ve got to give you a double dose of “STILL I RISE.” The first dose is by the gospel singer Yolanda Adams. This is one of those songs that I sing on a regular basis in the car. I play it so much until I’m surprised I haven’t burned this cd out. Once you listen to the song you’ll definitely know what I mean. This song is song inspirational and so well sung.
The second dose of “STILL I RISE” is by one of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou. Her poem is just as inspirational as Yolanda Adam’s song. I hope you enjoy both. Make it a great day!!!

Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou
© 1978 by Maya Angelou.

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.