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People Get Ready

by Meta4

Four-voice r & b and gospel; turning song into spirit. Earthy, passionate, and speaking to the yearning in us all. Blending really deep bass and clear high voices with jazz piano, and guts.
Genre: Spiritual: Inspirational
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love's in Need of Love Today
4:05 album only
2. It's All Right
2:24 album only
3. Fragile
3:40 album only
4. Precious Lord
4:56 album only
5. Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot
4:27 album only
6. I Shall Be Released
4:09 album only
7. Is My Living in Vain
4:45 album only
8. People Get Ready
2:50 album only
9. Wade in the Water
3:51 album only
10. Never Turn Back
2:22 album only


Album Notes
Meta4 is a vocal rhythm & blues group, dedicated to transforming song into spirit. Our name denotes our belief that through the vehicle of shared soulful singing, we blend our differences, strengths and inner lives into harmony, joy and invitation. Our name, Meta4, comes from the idea of the metaphor of singing out into the world what the soul yearns for, and that the four of us together work with and generate metta, the Buddhist idea of loving kindness.

Jonathan Arthur
Jonathan is a singer, choir director, recording engineer and producer. His credits include Vocomotion, the Eclectic Company, Mt. Madonna Choir, Perry Como Singers, and many individual projects. He plays guitar and can sound like anybody. Really -- ask him to do Georgie Jessel!

Jon Kennedy
Jon is principally a pianist. He studied classical through high school, played trombone in orchestras and jazz bands. At home, he was exposed to a combination of opera, Southern Methodist hymns and Indian ragas. Put in stints as a choir director in two groups that mixed early music with some jazz and gospel. Currently he plays in a Brazilian trio, a jazz quartet and Meta4.

Eric Morgan
Eric's voice is that eerily clear one you hear up high on our tracks. He sings, plays guitar, bass and keys; he writes his own songs. Was in the Morgan Brothers in Santa Cruz and has rock and barbershop credits that go way back. He cofounded the Bhakti Band in Oregon in the late ‘70s and returned to Santa Cruz to become a member of the Eclectic Company. Eric spends his days designing professional audio, video and television systems.

Richard Salzberg
Richard sings bass in a way you may not have heard before in your life. He grew up in New York, with a rich jazz scene, and somehow picked up 'church' along the way.
He has been involved in a number of vocal groups in the Santa Cruz area, incluing Spirit Choir, Wing and a Prayer, Mt. Madonna Choir.

Roots of the sound: To understand the foundation of our music, you have to go back a ways. A young singer asked me the other day about the roots of that gutsy but funky, soul-on-your-sleeve style with which we resonate, and I suggested listening to a bunch of people.

Mahalia Jackson
Otis Redding
Bob Marley
Sam Cooke
Rev. James Cleveland
Mavis Staples & family
Clarence Fountain
Elis Regina
Marvin Gaye
Oliver Mtukudzi
early Aretha
early Ray Charles

Think about the reaching out of suffering for redemption that is at the heart of gospel music. Think about the saudaude -- that untranslatable term from Brazil that means something like the sweet-sad halo of remembrance and longing. Consider the down-in-the-pocket roliing groove from all those New Orleans musicians, from Professor Longhair to Irma Thomas to Dr. John. In all these forms, there is a natural drive, a sense of life, and a direct connection to an inner light in the artist that is way beyond technique, talent or showmanship. And one more thing, there has to be an indefinable rhythmical hook that makes you want to move, that connects you to the ground.



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