I just got off of the phone with my sister who had given a copy of SYWTSS to a good friend. The friend’s husband got his hand on the book, and now he wants copies to give to others. When I told my sister how surprised I was by the comments he made, her response was that I underestimate how many folks don’t know about spirituals and would find the book a great way to learn.
I have to admit that I intended the book to be an introduction to singers and teachers who aren’t familiar with spirituals, but I didn’t contemplate that there would be interest in the book outside the world of vocal musicians.
Perhaps I need to expand the potential audience for the book. Hmmm…. something to think about.
Anyway, the winter weather is horrible here this MLK weekend. I’m taking advantage of the free time to do a last reading of SYWTSS at the publisher’s request. It’d allow me to update the dates for late soprano Jessye Norman, who passed the day my book was released.
I’m also developing a new recital of spirituals by women composers that I’ve scheduled to present in early April. A lot of new music to learn, but I really like the program. The concert includes spirituals by Florence Price, Eva Jessye, Margaret Bonds, Undine Smith Moore, Julia Perry, Betty Jackson King, Lena McLin, Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, Jacqueline Hairston, and Maria Thompson.
Please check my Events Page for more information about this and other scheduled activities.