Negro Spirituals

Welcome to the Blog for The Negro Spiritual, the news journal of Friends of Negro Spirituals, an organization whose founding was inspired by the music of the Moses Hogan Chorale. Published in April, August and December of each year, it focuses on Negro Spirituals education, history, individuals, groups and activities related to Negro Spirituals.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


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  • At 2:06 PM, curious said…

    Do you know anything about the history of "There is a Balm in Gilead"?

  • At 8:01 AM, 40jordan said…


    Stumbled on your website looking for a CD of Spirituals sung by Tuskegee Choir under the direction of William L Dawson. I had the 33 LP years ago and never forgot the sound. It was / is wonderful.
    I found you and will order it.

    Incidentally, I sing with the Kirkland Choral Society (WA). This Saturday we are doing a concert of music around the world - more like the Western Hemisphere - music from countries in South America, Canada and several spirituals.
    We are bringing down the house with the finale by MG Hogan - Elijah Rock.

    Go man!!

    George Watts

  • At 8:06 AM, 40jordan said…

    Dear Curious:

    I'm not sure of the musical genesis of the spititual but the original reference - from which the spiritual was drawn was from Jeremiah 8:2
    Is there] no balm in Gilead; [is there] no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

    Also, Jeremiah 46:11 refers, again, to a balm in Gilead.

    The ancient Gilead is in the country of Jordan.

    Perhaps you already knew that - not sure - but anyway, there you have the sum total of my knowledge on the subject.


  • At 2:20 PM, myvtmusic said…

    Regarding the question from "curious,"

    I was looking for the history of Elijah Rock, and found that the prophet Elijah, perhaps the prophet mentioned most often in both the Old and New Testaments, was from Tishbe, which some believe is now Gilead.

    Maybe "Elijah" is the "Balm." No pun intended.


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