Monday, January 2, 2017
Christmas Carols: Go Tell It On The Mountain (Dolly Parton Christmas Special)
This song comes out of a Black University, Fisk University, which was founded shortly after the Civil War. They sponsored a professional and amateur choir, Jubilee Singers, which sang often to help fund the University. They sang through America and Europe. This choir introduced the world to spiritual music. John Wesley's Work of Fisk University was the preservation of Negro spirituals. He wrote the lyrics to "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and set it to the tune "When I was a seeker." This song comes from the history of Black music. This song starts with the chorus, but reminds us that salvation was born that night.