mlk day no. 2

First I just want to say how much I have personally been enjoying the motel lately, even more people making better and better posts (check out the new Man Man in Moka's post today!). This music blog has to be the most diverse one out there, so thanks to all the posters.
Well, i hope this post doesn't give you guys an mlk overload. It's quite different. Mine is very literal.
Last year I picked up both Sing for Freedom: Civil Rights Movement Songs and Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966 both Smithsonian Folkways releases, and after one listen I shelved them (!!). But I revisited them this weekend after having a (topical) discussion about the 60's civil rights movement with a friend. I still found them to be pretty mediocre releases (don't get me wrong this is one of my favorite times in U.S. history that's why i bought the cd's ) but i picked out a few GEMS (sparkley) to share on this cool holiday (do non usa'ers get off of work today?)
What i find so interesting about the tracks i posted, is when the music becomes more than music but tells the story. My favorite has to be "Governor Wallace" which calls out the famous segregationist from Alabama by name, though this guy was a totally a nasty figure famous for standing in front of a school physically preventing it's desegregation and saying "segregation forever" or something like that the song deals with him in such an unfazed manner, disarming him with their "dooby dooby do's". Details like a group calling themselves the Integration Grooves and singing a goofy educational song about segregation, or throwing some mayor's name into the traditional "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn You Round " make these performances specific, makes the story it can communicate more tangible. Anyways they're good songs at least.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech
The Freedom Singers- Governor Wallace
Freedom Singers - Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn You Round
Integration Grooves- The A and P Song
Montgomery Improvement Association- Keep Your Hand on the Plow

hope you enjoy,


  • At 11:32 PM, January 16, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    uhm, oum. I think the second picture is not linked right. It doesn't show up.

  • At 2:09 PM, January 17, 2006, Blogger Moka said…

    There was a problem with the second image (apparently it wasn't an image at all so I edited the post).
    Oh and the song "ain't gonna let nobody turn you round" is broken. It's blogger's fault, remember I told you about the '? The only way is renaming the "aint" part...STUPID BLOGGER.
    Oh aside from that the songs are great, thanks Oum.

  • At 3:36 PM, January 17, 2006, Anonymous kct said…

    Hi, first time around here, noticed you had "the freedom singers" on the post. Thanks for promoting their music, they've always been one of my favorite groups and it's nice to see tracks from them on the web. Consider me a fan of your spiritedradio and this motel from now on-


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