A Meditation On The Spirituals


This historic presentation rose out of the vision, research, and design of Dr. Peter J. Paris.

Produced by Princeton Theological Seminary as part of its Bicentennial Celebrations (1812-2012), this recording features narration by Dr. Paris, interspersed with vocals and piano accompaniment fro the duo of William N. Heard (PTS 2004, 2005) and Michael R. Gittens, Choral Assistant to Dr. Martin Tel, Director of Musical at PTS.


You will hear a history of the creation, motivation, expression, and influence and inspiration of the Spirituals. A rich legacy is revealed in this artistic and spiritual experience through spoken word, vocal performance, and keyboard interpretations. You will witness and experience the presence, influence, and sheer liberation of the spirituals upon your own spirit through this eloquent presentation of the Mediation on the Spirituals.



A Meditation on the Spirituals Song List

 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Deep River, My Home Is Over Jordan
I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
Let Us Break Bread Together
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?
Wade in the Water
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
I’ve Got
O Freedom
There Is a Balm in Gilead
Were You There
Go Down, Moses
O Mary, Don’t You Weep
Mary Had a Baby
Get on Board, Little Children
I Know the Lord Has Laid His Hands on Me
Soon’a Will Be Done

 Peter Paris’s narration begins on Track 2 and continues on the
even-numbered tracks.