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Help with teaching spirituals

I would like to use Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name Arranged by Brazeal Dennard but I need some guidance.  Do's and Dont's for spirituals please?  
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on January 13, 2016 2:24pm
I was fortunate to have attended a music workshop where Brazeal was one of the clinicians.  His comment to the room was, "Y'all sing spirituals way too fast."  He then described why he wrote this arangement.  He referenced a church where, during Communion, one of the older female "saints" would start to sing this song from the back, slowly being joined by the congregation (A Capella).  It was so slow it was almost dirge like, but very powerful.  He stated that the emphasis should be on the "sh" of the word hush, and that it shouldn't feel rushed in any way.  It should be allowed to build in intensity in the middle, followed by a trailing off into the final notes.  Almost as if the people singing were approaching from a distance, passing by where you were standing, and then going away.
I believe if this piece is sung in this manner you'll have acheived what he set out to do.
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on January 14, 2016 5:23am
As a general recommendation for singing any spiritual, keep it humble.
on January 14, 2016 11:38am
I'm not sure if this is an official rule of English, but I've been told lower case "spiritual" is a general term, and upper case "Spiritual" is used for the songs of the African-American tradition.
on January 19, 2016 12:58pm
Yes Bart you are correct.  I was doing this from my phone and it just wasn't cooperating. 
 
on January 19, 2016 12:59pm
Does Anyone have a great recording of this song???? 
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