Music by the Madison Gospelaires
Transcription of the Madison Gospelaires:
"Gospel music started in slavery times. You might say
it was a form of communication. They would be working and they had something
they wanted to say to somebody on the other end of the field and they'd
"You could also say that Gospel is something that comes to you,
it comes from the heart; it inspires you to do things right . . . it makes
things easier. Lot of people say Gospel comes from the blues but I don't
agree; I think blues comes from Gospel. It's something that kind of frees
the soul and spirit and expresses what you feel.
"We sing in the old-time way. When we started we tried to keep singing
the old way, the way it was when we were growing up, because over the
years you can see that it's changed a lot, and now you don't hear as much
of the regular old-time Gospel.
"We sing wherever we're called. When I get up in the morning, I'm
singing. It makes me feel very good inside. I sing Gospel when I'm working,
makes my load a little easier.
"Have you ever heard the old saying, 'What your mind can conceive,
you can?' It's just practice. If you want to do anything and you want
it bad enough, if you work hard at it you can do it. I don't think it's
"You could take three or four of you guys together right now and
you guys could start off singing a song you know, and it won't sound right.
So you guys keep listening to each other and you got to go over it, over
and over it, and listen to each other's voice. And then in your mind you'll
start dropping a key lower or else going higher, just to make your voice
blend in with the person next to you. That's what harmony comes from.
. . . You just have to get used to hearing each other's voices to make
things work out."