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Song Of The Soul
Song of the Soul invites you to a soul-level encounter. Music has the ability to proclaim the soul's language beyond what mere words can speak. That's what we seek as we invite our guests to share their Song of the Soul. You will hear the music that has charted the steps of their spiritual journey, that has provided a touchstone in the soul's dark night, and sung the hearts awe and joy when come to the Light. As you listen to Song of the Soul, you are both witness and companion to our guest's spiritual path and sacred testimony.

Song of the Soul guests provide about 25 minutes of the music that speaks of their spiritual path, beliefs or journey, and Mark Helpsmeet explores with them the relevance and meaning of this music to their experience. Some guests are musicians, perhaps sharing their own music, but most guests are simply sharing music they've been impacted by, written and performed by others.

The theme song for this program is by Cris Williamson and is called Song of the Soul. Please check out the wealth of great music Cris has gifted to the world.

Sparky Rucker's Good Old Way (8/15/2020)

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Sparky Rucker was introduced to the music of the civil rights movement when his mother took him to his first march at the age of 14, but he was already steeped in the music of the era in the black Pentecostal church of his youth and the distinctive Appalachian culture of Eastern Tennessee. Sparky Rucker has woven together music, activism, history and culture for more than 5 decades, raising and inspiring spirits everywhere. Listen to our interview with his wife Rhonda back on August 28, 2016  
Past/current religious/spiritual influences:

All songs are performed by Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, and written by those noted:
Crossroads (Live) - by Robert Johnson (some lyrics by Sparky Rucker)
Big Road Blues - by Tommy Johnson
Go Down Moses - traditional
C. C. Rider - by Ma Rainy
The Good Old Way/Down In the River to Pray - traditional
Midnight Thirst - by Sparky Rucker

Visit this link to see Sparky and Rhonda's performance of "We Shall Not Be Moved" at the Mystic Sea Music Festival in Mystic, CT.

Now available! A new novel by Rhonda Lynn Rucker, Welcome to Bombingham


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BONUS: Marriage & Family On The Road
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BONUS: Harmonies - Black, White, African
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BONUS: Sparky is Officially History!
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BONUS: Caring For Earth & Civil Rights