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David Byrne Presents: Gospel

David Byrne Presents: Gospel

Playing tracks by

Al Green, Reverend Charlie Jackson, The Staple Singers, Young Fathers (ft. Leith Congregational Choir), Kirk Franklin and more.

You don’t need to believe to love gospel music. This playlist covers many decades of recordings, but here’s the most recent picks from my personal playlist.

Here are the roots of rock and roll, RnB and hip hop. This music is about transcendence and community. It’s about surrendering to something bigger than yourself, and in doing so, there is ecstasy and joy. In gospel music, that surrender is to God, but as many singers discovered, that feeling can be easily repurposed to secular ends. There is a tension there, as well as a potential linking and union of the sacred and the profane. Life is both.

In either case, the musicians and the listener form a community— something that again is larger than the individual. Oddly, for all the emphasis on individuality and self in our culture, we are often at our best and feel the best when we leave ourselves behind. That’s another kind of tension from which this music draws its power.

Happy new year.

David Byrne



listening to Donald Lawrence & Co, thinking this a abuse to me ears. Nothing sounds like it should.
God - gimme Vinyl.

Nicøle Nøel Strømsøe

SO GOOD. Thank you for the energy boost.

Theresa Jump

Spectacular Set, David! Thank You! Loved that you added one of Cash's best - written so close to his time of transition. Cheerfullest of New Years!


Praise Joint, superb!


John Williams shines. great addition to this play list.


what a beautiful new year text, David! thanks a lot for this and all other playlists!!
I hope to see you at some extra show here at Brazil, during the lollapalooza weekend.
sincerely, Helio.

Stefano Wagner


Paul Cope
Paul Cope

great stuff

Quinton Peeples

Love this deep cut by the Staples.