About a year ago, I was in a hotel room with my husband. He loves crime dramas. What’s more, he’s one of those people that are always up for watching a rerun of one of their favorite shows–no matter how many times they’ve seen it before. For me, once is enough. There are very few shows, or even movies, that I feel like watching more than once. So he was watching TV while I was doing something else. I don’t remember what. Suddenly a haunting song caught my attention. It was gospel–or maybe spiritual is the right term–bluesy and southern. And it was coming from an unimaginable source–a TV episode of CSI Miami.
I scrambled to get a piece of paper and a pen to write down a few words so I could look it up when I had access to a computer. The song was “Lord Remember Me” by Ruthie Foster and the Blind Boys of Alabama. What a pleasure to discover such an amazing talent in such an unexpected way.
I was reminded of it again today when listening to a remake of a Lenard Cohen song. Here’s the link to Ruthie’s version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FWajoLFzv8