"If they hadn't been playing in the. . . basement, they might have torn off the roof."---New York Times
I am going to see The Jones Family Singers at the Hopkins Center on Thursday. It is one antidote to finding myself in the depths of another Upper Valley winter.
I know that skiers and skaters, as well as curlers, may be happy but we walkers are tired of the never-melting ice on every sidewalk and the mornings of minus 4 degrees. As a popular Facebook meme asks: "Why do I live in a place that makes my face hurt?" We of the chapped lips who live here know there are dozens of good answers to that question, and as I always respond--it's the arts.
When the feet are cold and the soul is flagging, what better way to revive both than with the "spirit-lifting, hip-shaking" gospel-funk of the Jones Family Singers? Reviewers across the country say they are the real deal, a family led by Bishop Fred A. Jones, who can still "bust out a dance move." In an award-winning 2015 documentary, The Jones Family Will Make A Way, one commentator says that even as their faith is deeply-held, they are "the perfect gospel group for atheists."
The late multiple Grammy-winner Andraé Crouch, known as the father of modern gospel music, spoke about the disappearance of the religious-secular divide when he said about gospel "if it is really good . . .it touches a part of (a) heart that has been untouched." Doesn't that sound like a perfect opportunity to put a balm on what's ailing you? You're already one step closer to some hip-swaying in the aisles.
For more information about the performance on January 19, or to buy tickets, contact the Hopkins Center Box Office.
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Susan B. Apel, writer, ArtfulEdge