Gospel Music – Harlem Sundays

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Gospel Music – Harlem Sundays

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When I finally admit to myself that I must displace these blues, remind myself of what I am, who I am; when I need to flush out some tears, I now know what to do. A congregation of the ecstatic human voice will move me deeply more quickly than an exaltation of larks if the voices are spontaneous and authentic. It took me a long time to discover that.

In every New York city church with music I’ve explored, I’ve found those qualities at churches in Harlem.

Sunday can be a big day for congregants. Some will dress formally, becoming more outwardly beautiful. So, if you go, go as a participant, not a gawker. Dress nicely; no ball caps, no shorts, no flip-flops; put some money in the collection basket. Sometimes the donation basket passes two times; give twice. No cameras, no recording. Try to seize the moment as a feeling to memorize, not a document to hold.

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ (132 West 116th Street, (212) 866-0301).

First Corinthian Baptist Church (1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. At 115th Street (212) 864-5976).

The Mount Neboh Baptist Church (1883 Seventh Avenue, at 114th Street; (212) 866-7880) is home to the Mount Neboh Mass Choir, known for its renditions of gospel-music staples like “O Happy Day” and “At Calvary.”

Abyssinian Baptist Church (Uptown, W 138th St between Powell and Malcolm X Boulevards). One of America’s oldest, most famous, swamped with tour groups.

Authenticity — Amen.

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Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard 1883, New York

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+12128667880

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Sun 08:00 & 11:00 (services)

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Free

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