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SONG OF THE WEEK JANUARY 15, 2018:
Mavis Staples – “If All I Was Was Black”
Mavis Staples – “If All I Was Was Black” (form the album If All I Was Was Black)
Mavis Staples has a message on If All I Was Was Black. As The Staple Singers, Mavis, her sisters, and their dad supported the cultural upheaval of the 1960’s. Mavis believe the time needs her voice once again, feeling that songs ‘bring us all together as a people. That's what I hope to do. You can't stop me. You can't break me. I'm too loving. These songs are going to change the world’. If All I Was Was Black put Jeff Tweedy in the producer chair for Mavis Staples. Jeff described the message of the album as "I’ve always thought of art as a political statement in and of itself—that it was enough to be on the side of creation and not destruction. But there is something that feels complicit at this moment in time about not facing what is happening in this country head on’. Jeff Tweedy wrote the majority of the tunes for the album, joining in Mavis for co-writes including the title track for If All I Was Was Black.
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