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Post by aradlaw » June 8th, 2019, 7:44 am

The Gift To Sing by James Weldon Johnson (1871 - 1938).

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James Weldon Johnson was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, civil rights activist. He was married to civil rights activist Grace Nail Johnson. James Weldon Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917. Johnson established his reputation as a writer, and was known during the Harlem Renaissance for his poems, novels, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture. ( Wikipedia)
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Sometimes the mist overhangs my path,
And blackening clouds about me cling;
But, oh, I have a magic way
To turn the gloom to cheerful day—
I softly sing.

And if the way grows darker still,
Shadowed by Sorrow's somber wing,
With glad defiance in my throat,
I pierce the darkness with a note,
And sing, and sing.

I brood not over the broken past,
Nor dread whatever time may bring;
No nights are dark, no days are long,
While in my heart there swells a song,
And I can sing.

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Post by KevinS » June 9th, 2019, 7:42 am

I'm ready to upload.
E agora, José?

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Post by tovarisch » June 9th, 2019, 12:17 pm

tovarisch
  • reality prompts me to scale down my reading, sorry to say
    to PLers: do correct my pronunciation please

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Post by aradlaw » June 9th, 2019, 6:11 pm

Thank you tovarisch and Graham. :thumbs:
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Post by KevinS » June 10th, 2019, 1:31 am

KevinS wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 7:42 am
I'm ready to upload.
David, you are the MC? (It's not listed.)
It is now. :roll:
E agora, José?

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Post by KevinS » June 10th, 2019, 7:02 am

E agora, José?

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Post by GregGiordano » June 10th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Here is my contribution to this project:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/gifttosing_johnson_gg_128kb.mp3

Run time is 1:04

Take care,

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Post by Eduard Rochester » June 11th, 2019, 12:40 am

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Post by NarratorJ » June 11th, 2019, 8:48 am

feedback / constructive criticism appreciated

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Post by aradlaw » June 11th, 2019, 2:41 pm

Thank you Kevin, Erin, Greg, James, Chris and J. :thumbs:

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Post by pschempf » June 11th, 2019, 6:36 pm

Fritz

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Post by aradlaw » June 11th, 2019, 8:15 pm

Thank you Phil. :thumbs:
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