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@Kirk Franklin Tiny Desk | Piano Cover PLAYALONG! (Home) Concert
Recently Kirk Franklin was on Tiny Desk and did a few of his greatest songs. As someone born in the very late 90s I kind of missed his earlier stuff so this made me appreciate what an influence he has had on contemporary Gospel. Like and share with other keys players who'd benefit (INSERT OTHER GENERIC YOUTUBE THINGS) :)
I don't own the NPR TINY DESK CONTENT! just using it as this video for educational purposes as this video serves as a tutorial for people to understand Kirk's musical ideas, arrangement techniques etc as well as a cover. I didn't grow up as Gospel musician (if you know what I mean/ very classical/ccm originally) so I hope this video is useful for people like myself a few years back are new to the style. I learned most of these pieces by ear as I think he's jazzed up quite a few of these arrangements for this live set :)
Love Theory - 0:00
Kirk #1 - 3:46
Silver and Gold - 4:54
Melodies From Heaven - 6:52
Kirk #2 - 9:00
I Smile - 9:37
Bobby Carter | February 25, 2021
Kirk Franklin, set up with his band and choir in a corner of Uncle Jessie's Kitchen, makes a declaration. "I know you're at home right now, in your draws, listening to some Jesus music. It's ok. Jesus loves you in your draws!" The Arlington, Texas studio, named after a long time close friend, features a large photo of the iconic "I AM A MAN" protest signs from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike on the wall. The jubilant energy that Franklin and company emit, juxtaposed with a visual reminder of the strife that Black people have endured is illustrative of the importance of gospel music in the Black community.
For nearly 30 years, Franklin has been widely regarded for revolutionizing gospel. He incorporated secular music, particularly hip-hop, while preserving the message and integrity of traditional gospel. Here, he and his powerhouse choir pace through a decades-long, sixteen Grammy award winning discography of faith, praise and encouragement while cracking plenty of jokes. I cannot recall a more moving Tiny Desk home performance.
All month long, we've presented artists that speak to the diversity and complexity of Black music--where we've been, where we are and where we're going. For the final show, we take it back to the spiritual roots and there's no one more fitting to cap things off than Mr. Kirk Franklin.
Kirk Franklin: vocals, keys
Melodie Pace: vocals
Darian Elliot: vocals
Michael Bethany: vocals
Eboni Ellerson: vocals
Deon Yancey: vocals
Tia Rudd: vocals
Shaun Martin: keyboard
Matthew Ramsey: bass
Terry Baker: drums, percussion
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Kirk Franklin: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert | Piano PLAYALONG NOTES ON SCREEN!