Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Black American Slave. Wintley Phipps: Scales and Amazing Grace. Uncle Remus, Tales of The Life,

I. Wintley Phipps and Uncle Remus
 Contemporary Baritone, Actual Spokesman, Past Era
Retells History's Slave Tales, Sings in Commemoration,
Also Clergy

II. Uncle Remus, Fictitious Spokesman, Past Era,
Retells History's Slave Tales, Preserves Old Religious and Cultural Orientations,

Is he more spiritual than most clergy, except some, including Phipps?

Scales and Tales
The unsung include those who tell the stories of those gone, with a perspective that otherwise would not be heard..

I. Wintley Phipps. 

Wintley Phipps is a contemporary inspiration in song, and story, while also serving his congregation in Washington DC. Born 1955.  He retells the story of "Amazing Grace" - not just the conversion of the captain of the slave ship later, as we (most of us) may know, but tells what it was like on a slave ship, below decks, as a slave. Wintley Phipps will tell you.

Wintley Phipps conjures for you the American Black Slave experience en route. Go directly to ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMF_24cQqT0.

The music -
  • The scale. The scale used in "Amazing Grace," as well as for uncountable spirituals, is the ancient pentatonic. Go to your piano and play only the black notes - also ://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-450385/pentatonic-scale. If you are a musician, here is more on the pentatonic scale, referred to by Wintley Phipps: //www.spiritus-temporis.com/pentatonic-scale/hemitonic-or-anhemitonic.html. The Black Notes. Full music with fewer keys, fixed intervals. Go to ://picockrell.wordpress.com/2--7/11/22/amazing-grace=just-the-black-note
  • The melody. Often listed as "Unknown," especially in hymnals used in predominantly white religions (what are they - you fill it in), the melody has a name - it is called "Africa." It has a name.
So: Turn off the light at your desk. Sit back. Wintley Phipps. Meet him. Hear him at ://www.rhapsody.com/wintleyphipps/.

II. Uncle Remus. 
 Uncle Remus is the fictitious construct of white Joel Chandler Harris, who collected stories and fables from the South, fro Slavery Times and after, and told them again in the voice of  "Uncle Remus."

The voice is in dialect, worth spending time to decipher, best done aloud, with noone around, because then meanings may become clear.  Talk to yourself as your read.  Sound it out.

What a full person, accommodating where he must to survive, preserving his views and passing them on.  See our ongoing delight with Uncle Remus at Uncle Remus Tales, Tales and Translations.  Joel Chandler Harris preserves him as the stories present him.

Disney, another white who does us no service here, distorts, for his and his successors' profit. Forces a paltry one-dimensional mode (genial darky)  on a three dimensional, vital human being.

The voice of the slave, has to be retold through the white Joel Chandler Harris. It is Harris that perpetuates the Voice. But we still feel, it is really Uncle Remus here.

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