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TCC Playlist: Mother Pray & Picture of Jesus by Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama

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Ben Harper

“If I could only hear my mother pray again.”

In 2002 Ben Harper recorded an album, There Will Be a Light, with the gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been singing together for 60 years. Harper told Paste, “This record has made my life so much better.” Spiritual standards are given a fresh and bluesy remake on the album. Listen to “Mother Pray” and Picture of Jesus” after the jump:  

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TCC Playlist: I’m not afraid to die & I’ll Fly Away by Gillian Welch and Allison Krauss

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gillian welch

“My hobo soul will rise.”

Gillian Welch and Allison Krauss are incredible musicians and songwriters who often write Americana music about faith and doubt, sin and redemption. Listen to “I’m not afraid to die” and “I’ll fly away” two great songs for the Feast of Ascension and see photos after the jump:

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TCC Playlist: Nearer My God to Thee by The Lower Lights

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The Lower Lights Sarah Sample of the Americana gospel revival group “The Lower Lights” founded in 2009, says of old hymns, “there’s just really beautiful, hopeful music out there that I don’t think has been given justice to. So we’ve been trying to . . . dig those songs out of the earth and polish them up a bit.” She continues, “What we want people to feel is that there’s room for everyone in the songs no matter what their lives look like, that there’s space for them to sing along and be joyful in it and be part of it.” Sample says. “We’re all part of … a bigger human family, and I think that’s what music is about: bringing people together.” The group is predominately Mormon, but these traditional hymns transcend that label and have been sung by all Christians. For example, listen to the track “Nearer my God to Thee” after the jump:

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