'People Get Ready'

posted Nov 14, 2013, 11:20 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Dec 24, 2013, 2:59 AM ]
Gospel music is a great American tradition, and listening to the lyrics of the songs makes it clear how theology becomes adapted to the needs of the people who use it.  Gospel music also played an important part in the African-American civil rights movement in the 1960s, and some songs became classics of American culture.  A good example of this is 'People Get Ready' (1965) by Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) and the Impressions, Number 24 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Many, many artists have covered the song, including Seal, the British singer:

Sola Fide: 'All you need is faith ... You don't need no ticket; you just thank the Lord'.  Luther wrote a lot of hymns, and definitely would have liked this one.