• 2015-07-28T01:22:24

I should listen to (and sing with) this recording at least daily. And just imagine if everyone listened and prayed like this with Mr. Phipps & Jesus daily! Thank you, Sir. You are remarkable!

  • 2015-01-29T00:57:31

I have known of Mr. Phipps for years. He does indeed have an amazing and wonderful voice, and ministry to children of prisoners. HOWEVER, I have NEVER read of, nor heard of, his idea/teaching about the Pentatonic Scale and its African origins. I am curious about this and researching more, as I feel what was presented is misleading, or incorrect. I have also never heard that the slaves were forbidden to play the white keys. I would assume (maybe wrongly?) that most of the slaves would never had seen, nor had access to, a piano….so would not have created tunes based only on black notes. AND the Pentatonic scale works just as well on the white keys : D,E,G,A,B. The pentatonic scale can be played on the flute or guitar, and there are no black or white notes! Early 1700, the keyboard was reversed on Harpsichords, with mostly black keys, while the others that we see as black today, were white! Pianos as we know them came in by mid to late 1700s. So far, I have found that a lot of early American folk music (black and white), used the Pentatonic scale, whether the immigrants were from the British Isles or from the African continent. For example the church hymn "Brethren, We Have Met To Worship" (1829) uses the pentatonic scale. In one scholarly book (Harold Courlander), I read that up to 35% (or less) of spirituals are based on the Pentatonic scale. ALSO it is good to know that 1772, John Newton wrote ONLY the text. This was just one of his many hymn poems, published in 1779 in England. No one is sure of the melody used to sing his words. It is possible that the poem was only chanted. John Newton did NOT, as the Mr. Phipps states, "set his words to a slave melody." I am curious as to where this idea comes from. The TUNE we know today, first appeared in publication around 1830, called "NEW BRITAIN"….and probably a combination of 2 or 3 tunes that were out there. John Newton would not have known this tune. Nor did his church parish, nor any churches in the United Kingdom. (John Newton died in 1807.) Many religious groups/churches in America (black and white) sang this hymn from the 1830s onward. But it may be Mahalia Jackson's powerful 1947 recorded version that brought the song out of the church to the world. For a long time after that, many considered the song to be a Negro Spiritual. The poem, without mentioning the name "Jesus", has definitely crossed over far beyond Christian lines, and is sung and loved around the world by believers and non-believers alike. I want to continue my research. I might learn something I didn't know!

  • 2013-07-28T15:48:21

Thank YOU JESUS FOR WINTLEY PHIPPS...and his voice you cant help but to feel the SPIRIT..

  • 2013-04-16T19:58:55

Good to know we contributed to the white Christian church also.

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  • 2012-09-24T20:14:27

The most beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace I've ever heard.

  • 2011-10-28T13:42:30

This is from a Bill Gaither Homecoming which I attended years ago at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

  • 2011-08-31T20:48:13

Interesting and inspiring.

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