Finding some sort of joy in one’s life might well be the answer to most of life’s questions. It nourishes us and gives meaning to the moments of our lives. It makes us want to face the new day.
That state of joy is a mighty potent force.
There are people who exude that joy from their very being and I think singer Mavis Staples is one of those people.
Had a chance to see her show last night in Corning and her joy in this world and her music seemed obvious to me. At age 76, she has a new album, Livin’ On a High Note, coming out in February and she just rolls on. Over sixty years of performing and the effects of advancing age can’t diminish her in any way on that stage. Just a powerful force.
One of the highlights of the show was her performance of Freedom March, a song written back in 1963 by her father, Pops Staples, to mark the famed Freedom March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in that year. For this Sunday Morning Music, I thought I’d share an performance of it from a few years back. Good stuff.
Have a great Sunday and try to find a little joy of your own…