A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to knock off another one of my “must do’s” while living in Houston: going to the gospel brunch at the House of Blues!!! My gallery neighbor, Yvonne, recently celebrated her birthday and her husband put together a surprise party at the venue and I was lucky enough to get an invitation. As the moniker “gospel brunch” might suggest, there is live gospel ensemble that performs while you eat your delectable brunch (oh you’d better believe there were chicken and waffles to be had!!)
Yvonne and I with Geri, owner of Hooks-Epstein Gallery, who is actually making that face on purpose
Open mouth, unhinge jaw! Oddly enough, I’m referring both to how I ate my lunch and how fabulously these gospel singers manage to perform
For those of you who do not know, I am a huge fan of gospel music and for the hell of it here is one of my fav’s Jennifer Holliday (she of the original Effie-ness—deal with it Jennifer Hudson!)
WHAT JUST HAPPENED TO MY EARS (and her vocal chords)!!!! One of my favorite user comments on this video: “[Girl] ain’t got jaw tension… [girl] got HEAD tension!”
I would also be remiss to not make mention of Our Lady of Gospel Music, Mahalia Jackson, in an entire post on the genre.
I also happened to notice a picture of Lightnin’ Hopkins on the wall, which quickly reminded me of a statue of him that resides in Crockett. In reading over his wikipedia page I discovered that, at least as far as I can tell, there’s no connection between him and my home town… I had always assumed he was born there or something. Count that as the new something I learned for the day.
Picture at House of Blues and statue in Crockett, TX
Artist: Martin Short / Album: Fame Becomes Me