Tennessee Ernie Ford says:
"Of all the kinds of singing I've done, there's one that has always been of the
greatest importance to me. I found out early in life that it's not only fun,
but it means a lot to many people. What I'm talking about, of course, is teh singing
of hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs.
"There's a well of sacred songs so deep that you can dip in it all your life
and it will never run dry....I think the main purpose of singing these songs is
enjoyment—you dn't put on sackcloth and sit in a pile of ashes. Some hymns may
be a bit more on the serious side, and some spirituals may move faster and you'lll
want to clap your hands. But whether the tempo is fast or slow, or the song
is sung by one person or a huge choir, the same message is there.
"Of all the singing I do, the hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs not only give
me great pleasure but seem to be something that truly needs to be done.
And I'm mighty glad to say that many people feel the same way. Sure, some of them
may get all steamed up about big new love songs that come along, but let's not
forget that hymns and spirituals are the finest love songs of them all."
—Tennessee Ernie Ford
From the back cover of the book