Thursday, March 1, 2012

A TASTE OF HEAVEN: The Heartbreak Life Of Raymond Myles

Anyone with a spirtual connection to New Orleans knows of Raymond Myles. Those who don't, I offer you an opportunity.

Most of the time, one visit to the Crescent City is enough to change a person. My first visit changed me. I heard music differently. I saw people differently. I learned to appreciate gospel music in ways I never thought possible. It's unfortunate that I never had a chance to see Raymond perform. His life was cut short way too soon. But the minute I step foot on the Fairgrounds at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, the spirit of Raymond Myles takes over.

My friend Leo Sacks had an idea and I know many New Orleans devotees would love to see this idea come to life. Please take a look at the trailer for "A TASTE OF HEAVEN: The Heartbreak Life Of Raymond Myles," and pass it on if you are so inspired.

More info can be found below:

Gospel music scares people. But, as Bob Dylan said, "You don't have to be a junkie to enjoy Heroin by The Velvet Underground. 


buzzbabyjesus said...

Bob's good for a quote, ain't he?
I bought a couple great gospel albums at your store.
I lived in North Carolina for several years down the street from a church that filled the neighborhood with rockin gospel music. It's a wonder the old frame building didn't shake itself to pieces.

Robin said...

Thanks for sharing. Will pass along. Gospel doesn't scare me. Some of the greatest music we love was/is informed by the church. Performers too. And some singers whom audiences/critics sometimes think of as "emotionless" or "cold" (example-Whitney Houston, though I never thought she was cold) often change the minds of these critics when they hear them sing gospel.

More personally, I could not live without Sam Cooke as a Soul Stirrer and Elvis's How Great Thou Art. These recordings add another dimension to them as artists and for me informs their whole body of work with depth.

Hearing and seeing someone else's joy in singing regardless of what they are singing about is what moves me most.

Chris Collins said...

this looks pretty great!

And I second exactly what Robin said. Gospel music has shaped my understanding of the world. I simply couldn't live without it.

As George Carlin said "The best thing to come out of religion was the music"

FD13NYC said...

I'm going to check this out. Gospel music is OK by me, it could be very soulgrabbing, uplifting and riveting.

My wife and I are going to Memphis in June. We're going to try to catch a sermon by the Reverend Al "grits" Green. Should be fun.

A walk in the woods said...

Awesome! I'm bummed I can't make it to Jazz Fest this year, so this is a nice piece of it fro afar.