I was listening to public radio last night in the way back from the supermarket and wine store where I was picking up stuff for Shabbat kiddush (blessing over wine) and dinner when I heard a piece on the influence of gospel on blues. Not singing gospel, preaching it. The program was demonstrating how a great preacher, Rev. C. L. Franklin, who preached in the fifties, influenced Bobby Bland. Listening to the sound of,this man preaching was amazing.
This is not the cut from last night, but this is what he sounded like:
I'm not suggesting you worry about the content, just the sound and the delivery.
Some children grow up watching their fathers and trying to learn their lessons but don't do such a great job of it. Billy Graham begat Franklin Graham. George Romney begat Mitt Romney. Frank Sinatra begat Frank jr. George H. W. Bush begat George W. Bush, and Jeb Bush.
But what happens when someone growing up around a father like Rev. Franklin not only learns the lessons but inherits the talent?
The answer is that we get very, very lucky.
I'm writing this because of how much the first video says about where the second came from. You might question my choice of video here, but I was looking for an optimal time window, old enough to show experience but young enough to be at the height of power. This video nails that confluence.