Lord Revive Me: A soul-stirring playlist curated by the music supervisor for “Greenleaf” on OWN



My good friend Angela DJ Moonbaby Jollivette has landed an amazing new dream job as a music supervisor for season 2 the popular series “Greenleaf” on the OWN Network. She places all the music for the show and has compiled their “Season 2 Soundtrack”! It has been doing well on the gospel music charts and it’s currently entered into the Grammy Awards Visual Media Field’s Best Soundtrack Compilation category, which if you are a voting member of the Recording Academy then I encourage you to check it out (if you’re not and are eligible, sign up)!

She has placed that soundtrack also on Spotify and includes some gorgeous music – one song from each episode, but what I really wanted to share about is the “B-Sides” Soundtrack which are songs inspired by Season 2 that didn’t quite make it to the show but really capture the mood of the show. I have to say, this playlist is on FIRE!

Whether it’s inspiration or revelation, these songs definitely gave me the lift I need to feel better because with all that’s going on in our country right now, it’s easy for me to get down. I need this playlist daily.


Some songs that need to be highlighted include the beautiful Liz Vice with her song, Empty Me Out. Liz Vice is a young artist from Portland and this song is off her debut album, “There’s A Light”. It has been well received and featured on a lot of favorite lists. Such a soothing vibe and a reminder of how faith works: ego off to let God in.

Moonbaby went diggin’ in the crates to find a couple Aretha Franklin including  “Are You Leaving Me”. Another notable old school song featured is That Shall He Also Reap by Mattie Moss Clark, the mother of popular Gospel group, The Clark Sisters. Mattie Moss Clark, according to wikipedia, ” is credited for creating the three-part harmony (separating vocal parts into soprano, alto and tenor), a technique which is prevalent among gospel choirs today.

Other notable songs for me include Shirley Caesar’s Lord Revive Me, Yolanda Adams’ Open My Heart, and one of my favorite under the radar artists, The Bayou Maharaja James Booker. There are so many more or I’d be mentioning the entire playlist. Just go now and renew your mind and spirit with this playlist. Lord knows we all need it right now at this moment in history. Be blessed my brothers and sisters. Stay strong and encouraged.

Rootnotemusic guesting on Unrestricted with DJ Moonbaby this Thursday 7/21

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In memory of Dave Lamb of Brown Bird

In December of 2013, I wrote about the folk-blues duo Brown Bird’s Dave Lamb’s fight with cancer. I bought all their albums and listened to the song, By The Reins, incessantly (and still do). As I reflected on another young cancer fighter who died last week, my thoughts went back to this group and Dave Lamb. I hadn’t heard anything so I went to the band’s website and found out sadly that just four months after my post, he too died from his cancer. I was so sad to hear that as I thought the treatment may have been working. It’s been almost a year since he died, and I want to pay tribute to his legacy by dedicating this post to him and the beautiful music he and his partner MorganEve Swain made together.

Doc Watson’s magical guitar-picking

Photo by Lee Tanner. 1969.

Photo by Lee Tanner. 1969.

Today is the birthday of Doc Watson, so in his honor I dug down on Youtube to find some examples of his genius guitar playing. According to Wikipedia: “Arthel Lane ‘Doc’ Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) was a blind American guitarist, songwriter, and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Watson’s flatpicking skills and knowledge of traditional American music are highly regarded.”

I first heard Doc Watson while living in Washington, D.C., where old-time, bluegrass, and flatpicking guitar has a very strong tradition, with it being so close to Virginia and other southern states where these styles developed. I used to listen incessantly to WAMU and their various bluegrass and old-time music shows. I’m not sure the first time I found out about Doc Watson, but he is surely someone anyone who loves American music should know about. He has influenced so many guitarists and he also lived a long life and had an amazing career. This style of guitar picking inspired me to take guitar lessons where I focused on the finger-picking country blues styles.

Here he is with “Southbound” written by his son Merle Watson, who died young and tragically in a farm accident:

Doc plays one of my favorite old-time songs “Darlin’ Corey”:

Doc shares the stage with bluegrass legend, banjo-player Bill Monroe playing “Sally Goodin”:

With the blues tune “House of the Rising Sun”. So many amazing versions of this song, here is Doc’s contribution:

I have listened to this song on repeat on my iPod for weeks at a time, honestly. “Country Blues”: