Soul Sunday with KNAGUI: I’ll Be Thinking of You, Andraé…

The Ladybug Chronicles - SSwK Andrae CrouchIt was a fall night, my Aunt Marsha decided to take me with her to the Park City Mall in Lancaster, PA. She had a baby blue Pontiac Firebird with an 8-Track cassette player… sweet system!

The Ladybug Chronicles - Andrae Crouch My Tribute 02We arrived at the mall, she did some shopping and before we left, bought me a Rocky Road cone from the ice cream shop. I was in heaven! I wouldn’t eat Rocky Road today, but then it was my favorite. It was all about the marshmallows!!!

The Ladybug Chronicles - Andrae Crouch My Tribute 06Moving from the parking lot she changed the music, a song was in play and in a few minutes faded. Upon hitting 30 to go back to York, it started… DUNT, DUNT…Duh, Duh, Duh…DUNT, DUNT…Duh, Duh, Duh… She turned it up!!! I was in full groove! “Damon, don’t you drop none of that in my car,” she said, never breaking the feel. “I’ve got the best! duh, duh, duh… I’ve got the very best! duh, duh, duh…” we sang.

The Ladybug Chronicles - Andrae Crouch My Tribute 03This is one of my fondest memories of my times with my “favorite aunt” and Andraé Crouch scored the moment like a Don.

The Ladybug Chronicles - Andrae Crouch My Tribute 04There’s a lot I can say about this great minstrel, but his body of work speaks for itself. He was gospel music’s Quincy Jones (I often say). He was a trailblazer for artists like me. Not to take anything away from artists like Rance Allen, Edwin & Walter Hawkins or even my God-Mother Twinkie Clark (all of whom are rooted in the Church of God in Christ, FYI), it simply amazes me how Andraé was able to BE so gospel not only in gospel music but also in R&B.

SF.Andrae.3.0923.BVPastor Crouch transitioned on the 8th of January 2015. This playlist is just a little something I put together to remember the man, his music and our Lord.

The Ladybug Chronicles - Andrae Crouch My Tribute 07(click photo to hear playlist)

Enjoy!

See you “next Sunday.”

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