Singing the Blues (Sat)


The purpose of the workshop is to sing and pray about what makes you blue.  You might not sing the blues like B.B. King nor be a Big Mamma Thornton, nor pray the laments like the Psalmist. But there is nothing stopping you from engaging in the daring lyrical and poetic speech of laments and blues. The daring melodies of the blues and laments are impulses to “keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one's aching consciousness"…As a lyric form, "both are autobiographical chronicles of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.” (Ralph Ellison)

This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to explore the music of the blues and the lament Psalms as resistance, prevailing and persistent speech in the midst of discontent and disorientation.

With catastrophe compassion, participants will find their own voice as blues and lament people.  As blues people we move through a blues struggling church, a blues filled world, where catastrophe and celebration-joy and pain sit side by side.  As lament people we move through a struggling church and uncertain future lives to allow faith and hope to usher in a dawn for a new tomorrow.

Speaker: Bob Gibson

Max Number of participants: Up to 50, first come first serve