Tag Archives: Baylor University

Documentary Featuring the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project Needs Your Help

By Bob Marovich When his mother passed away in 2004, filmmaker David Licata began to ponder life’s timeless questions: What is our purpose on earth? What do we want to leave as a legacy? The result is a forthcoming documentary, A Life’s Work. Licata’s first feature-length project (he has completed two short films) showcases how several individuals have answered this question–by tackling a project so immense that they will not be completed in their lifetimes. After more than a decade of interviews and filming, A Life’s Work is in its final phases of production, with completion anticipated for the first quarter of ...

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Baylor students create album cover art inspired by black gospel music

Baylor University art professor Terry Roller and his Art 4331 students took on a special assignment: Design custom album jackets for 45 rpm discs in Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, overseen by Professor Robert Darden. The students in Art 4331 came up with some very creative concepts – arguably as good, if not better, than what the major labels came up with for sleeves in the 1950s and 1960s. So…could these students be the next Alex Steinweisses, David Stone Martins, and Harvey Williamses?  Time will tell! Read the full article here: BGMRP Art

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JGM’s Bob Marovich Interviewed for Kennedy Center Podcast

JGM Editor-in-Chief Bob Marovich was interviewed for this podcast on gospel music and the Civil Rights movement. Professor Robert Darden of Baylor University, Dwandalyn Reese of the Smithsonian Institution, and Professor Birgitta Johnson of the University of South Carolina School of Music are also interviewed for this podcast, part of the Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge education program.  Richard Paul produced. Click on the image at left to hear or download a free copy of the audio podcast (episode 3).  

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Book Review: Nothing But Love in God’s Water

Nothing But Love in God’s Water: Volume 1: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement Robert Darden Penn State University Press (224 pages) By Bob Marovich “A singing army is a winning army, and a singing labor movement cannot be defeated.” So proclaimed labor leader John L. Lewis, and as Baylor University associate professor Robert Darden argues in his new book, Nothing But Love in God’s Water, the statement is equally relevant if “army” is replaced with “people” and “labor” with “civil rights.” Darden, former gospel editor for Billboard, author of the well-respected gospel music ...

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Black gospel scholar to demonstrate music’s variety at Baylor symposium – WacoTrib.com: Access Waco

It’s an honor to be part of this amazing African American sacred music symposium.  It is said to be the first such gathering of scholars around this single subject since the Smithsonian program honoring the late Pearl Williams-Jones in 1993. Black gospel scholar to demonstrate music’s variety at Baylor symposium – WacoTrib.com: Access Waco.

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