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The Easter Spirit in Classic Song
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Now that the Vernal Equinox has awakened life from its winter slumber, with it comes the Easter holiday, the celebration in Christianity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ after his death. Jesus’ reappearance after his crucifixion is one of the most important events in Christian theology, so it is no surprise that this day is almost as widely celebrated as Christmas. Despite the pastel colors, baskets of gifts and candy, egg hunts and other secular traditions that surround the holiday, the religious aspect still reigns supreme. And though Easter doesn’t have nearly the soundtrack as Christmas, there are still a number of songs about Easter that aren’t “Peter Cottontail”.
This week on One Cell One Light Radio, Dr. Hildy welcomes returning guest, Film Producer Veronica Hendricks, for a discussion of inspirational songs that tell of the coming of Jesus Christ. While there are an untold number of spiritual and gospel numbers on this subject, secular versions can be a little harder to find.
One of the first that comes to mind is “The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash. One of the last songs Cash wrote before his death, the song contains many numerous Biblical references, especially to the Book of Revelation. A spoken portion from Revelation 6:1–2 in the King James Version introduces the song: “And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying,’Come and see.’ and I saw, and behold a white horse”. This portion of Scripture describes the coming of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, each heralded by one of the “four beasts” first mentioned in Revelation 4:6–9. The musical portion then begins with Cash reciting that a man will one day come to pass judgment. The chorus indicates that these events will be accompanied by trumpets, pipers, and “one hundred million angels singing”. The song also alludes to the Parable of the Ten Virgins from the Gospel of Matthew (25:1–13) with the lyrics “The virgins are all trimming their wicks,” a reference to the virgins’ preparation of the Second Coming of Christ.
Though Cash wrote and recorded this song towards the end of his life, there are many of his contemporaries in the 1950s and 1960s that also sang about this subject. Nat King Cole’s “Easter Sunday Morning” was written and recorded for his 1960 album Every Time I Feel the Spirit, an album recorded in his hometown of Chicago with a local church choir. Elvis Presley in 1971 recorded one of the thousands of versions of “Amazing Grace”, in the U.S. Library of Congress.
Join Dr. Hildy and her guest as they discuss these and numerous other songs on One Cell One Light Radio!
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