Common, feat. John Legend: Glory

Written by Joshua Blue


In category: Song of the Day

Published August 7, 2017

A week of songs inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement

Written for the movie 2014 film Selma which followed the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this Oscar winning song connects the struggle and victories from the civil rights era to modern America and the battle that continues to wage for equality between all races. “We say that Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now” (Common, Academy Awards acceptance speech).

“That’s why Rosa sat on the bus/That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up/When it go down we woman and man up/They say, “Stay down”, and we stand up”

author: Joshua Blue

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British-American Tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a tenor currently pursuing his masters degree at The Juilliard School in New York City. Joshua has been a featured soloist in large concert works and operas with City Music Cleveland, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, DuPage Opera Theatre, the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Salzburg, Austria, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Oberlin in Italy, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, and Music Academy of the West. He had his Alice Tully Hall debut last November under the baton of Maestro William Christie and will make his Carnegie Hall debut this December, singing the tenor solo in Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra. Other debuts this year include singing Scaramuccio in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Austin Lyric Opera as well as NYFOS’s Protest at Merkin Concert Hall. Joshua graduated with his bachelors degree in vocal performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2016.


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