Edited by Azizi Powell
This is Part I of a two part series that showcases the Gospel song "Perfect Praise" (widely known as "How Excellent").
Part I showcases a video and sound file of Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago's 1991 rendition of "Perfect Praise" ("How Excellent").
The lyrics to that song and selected comments from those two YouTube examples' discussion threads that focus on the song itself are also included in this post.
Click https://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-african-american-meanings-of-words.html Part II explains the African American Vernacular English (AAVE) meanings of the word "sang". Part II also showcases the Gospel song "How Excellent" (actual title "Perfect Praise") as sung by Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, featuring soloist Lecresia Cambell as an example of that AAVE meanings of "sang".
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Thanks to Brenda Joyce Moore, the composer of this song. Thanks also to Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, with special thanks to soloist Lecresia Campbell. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these examples on YouTube.
LYRICS: PERFECT PRAISE (widely known as "How Excellent")
(composer Brenda Joyce Moore)
Unison: Oh Lord How excellent! How excellent! How excellent!
Harmony: How excellent is Thy name
Harmony: Oh Lord How excellent! How excellent! How excellent
How excellent is Thy name(3x)
There is none like you, none like you, none like you
Jesus excellent is Thy name(3x)
(Tenors) In all the Earth (3x)
All: Jesus excellent is Thy name
(Altos) In all the Earth (3x)
All: Jesus excellent is Thy name
(Sopranos) Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord
All: Jesus excellent is Thy name
Example #1: Perfect Praise - Lecresia Campbell Soul Children
Kim Johnson Uploaded on Jan 10, 2007
Soul Children of Chicago
Here are selected comments from this video's discussion thread. These comments are numbered for referencing purposes only.
1. EvangelistAllen, 2007
"This song is a timeless classic!"
2. Rowoches, 2007
"This is truly a classic!!! And isn't this from that show called SATURDAY NIGHT SING? I miss that show and wish that they would show repeats- again! Thanks for sharing!"
3. CasualPerspective, 2007
"I grew up in the church, also in Chicago and I too sang in the youth choir. The soul children were absoloutely the best. Everybody wanted to sing with them!!! I love this song and the post!"
4. aprigirl, 2007
"This is a choir of kids and teenagers from many different churches and Christian denominations."
5.Joshua Mhoon, 2011
" "Perfect Praise" is on "This is the Day" by Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago. Here is the link to iTunes.id3667628"
6. Dontray Hobbs, 2016
"This will always be a staple in every Church. written by Brenda Joyce Moore."
Example #2: How Excellent Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago
David Miles Jr. Uploaded on Oct 30, 2007
Here are selected comments from this sound file's discussion thread. These comments are numbered for referencing purposes only.
1. Third Eye, 2009
""How Excellent" will alwayz be a classic gospel song."
2. sheriff1967, 2009
"You can actually find this particular song also on there other c.d "THIS IS YOUR DAY" same soloist, "LeCresia" you can buy it on Itunes for $8.91. But the song is entitled "Perfect Peace"instead of "How excellent"...check it out.."
3. DOMINICANSUNSHYN, 2009
"WE USED TO SING THIS :-)"
4. Shawny2Kool, 2009
"I promise every church choir use to sing this song...LOLOL. It goes down in the gospel music hall of fame...LOL"
5. LaSheka Scott, 2009
"FYI, If you're ever looking for this song it's actually titled Perfect Praise."
6. rbaker1906, 2010
"this is the original version by Walt Whitman and the Soul Children from years ago... with Lucresia Campbell singing lead"
7. Hugh Johnson II, 2010
8. masonmileslayla, 2010
Thank you for posting this wonderful song. We need to revive these songs in our churches. Power to overcome our enemies lie in the name of Jesus.
9. The Tuxedo Mask, 2011
"i just love when the saproanos altos and tenors break off into their different sections!!!! gets me everytime!!"
10. Lyme70, 2011
An all time classic. It will be a classic 100 years from now. One of those truly rare anointed ageless gems that will always stand the test of time. This song is 21 years old - who would know it? And it still draws the same reactions from worshipers.
11.c williams, 2011
"anybody no wat key this song is sang and played in?"
12. SpydaMikeHD, 2011
"@canandwill1 The song is in Eb"
13. masonmileslayla, 2011
"Thank you for posting this wonderful song. We need to revive these songs in our churches. Power to overcome our enemies lie in the name of Jesus."
14. Lyme70, 2012
"An all time classic. It will be a classic 100 years from now. One of those truly rare anointed ageless gems that will always stand the test of time. This song is 21 years old - who would know it? And it still draws the same reactions from worshipers."
15. Maurice Scarboro, 2014
"This is the song that all youth choirs in the history of youth choirs sung at least once! So many memories!!!!! I love it!!! God is so Excellent!!!!!"
16. anbenatural, 2014
"Definitely in my top 3 of favorite old school gospel songs."
17. latiara reynolds, 2016
"old school youth choir song!"
18. Kristin Bonner, 2016
"PSALM 8:1 O LORD, OUR LORD, HOW EXCELLENT IS YOUR NAME IN ALL THE EARTH, WHO HAVE SET YOUR GLORY ABOVE THE HEAVENS!"
19. Machelle Jackson, 2016
"I love that I can find old gospel music and old school"
20. telacy lindsey, 2016
"This song took back when I was in the youth choir this is a classic gospel song"
21. Brandon Russell, 2017
"I will always love this song, as it brings back memories. I seen Lacrisha and Chicago childrens choir on TV in the 90s doing a Christmas concert singing this song. Love it"
22.Nate Ross, 2017
"probably thee most recognized song from Dr. Walter Whitman and the mighty soul children of chicago!!! from his sophmore effort "this is the day" after having massive success from his debut cd "we are one" and the title track being the blueprinted stamp with the lead sang by kim McFarland.
kim left the soul children and went to the tommies..but God showed walt great favor and blessed him with a new soprano..who was a combination of the tommies kim mcfarland and tina watson!!! miss Campbell had amazing vocal range and a new technique that would captivate any listener and leave u wanting more!! this classic is still being sang faithfully all around the world in 2017!!! 💖💖💖💖"
This concludes Part I of this two part series that showcases the song "Perfect Praise" ("How Excellent").
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