Last night we saw "Sweet Honey in the Rock" for the second time, and it was as memorable as the last time (at least 10 years ago!). The tickets were my present to Mike for his birthday. Sweet Honey in the rock is an acapella group of African-American women who have been performing since 1973. Their founding mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, has since retired from performing. Over the years, their members have changed, but their style has endured. They tell stories through their music and send chills up their listeners' spines. It's easy to forget that the only instruments they use are percussion--they are that skilled with their voices.
|An earlier photo of Sweet Honey in the Rock|
|Current members of Sweet Honey in the Rock|
This PBS article gives some background about the group's origins.
|The group performing at the White House|
In between their inspiring songs, the various members of the group exhorted the audience members to sing (they included us in a lot of singalongs), experience God in the breath we breathe, and write to our elected officials and remind them what we expect of them...and if they don't deliver, we can vote them out!
I really cannot sing their praises highly enough. We saw a number of friends at the concert--two from church and one former coworker of mine. One of them, Amy, told us that she has seen Sweet Honey six times--nearly every time they come to Portland.
I'll leave you with one of my favorite songs by this incredibly talented group of women: