Al Green recorded a string of soul classics in the early 1970s, including Take Me To the River and Tired of Being Alone. However, he turned to God following an incident in 1974 in which a girlfriend doused him with a pan of hot grits before shooting herself dead.
Ordained as a minister in 1976, Green has preached at the [Full Gospel] Tabernacle [Church] ever since. ....
Al Green...was a captivating preacher. He delivered his sermon underscored by a live band, and would break into song when duly inspired. The congregation whooped their appreciation as he rhapsodised about God's mercy and love.
He was sensitive enough to their concerns, too, to address a subject that was clearly worrying his flock: Congress's Wall Street bail-out and its implications for their homes and livelihoods.
"Get us out of this mess," Green implored the Almighty, to cheers from the congregation. "Help the country out of this financial crisis."
Worshippers called back their approval: uh-huh. That's right. Tell it like it is.
Green wasn't just relying on the Lord to deliver the United States from economic turmoil, however. Later, he acknowledged that he had hopes for a more earthly force, too.
"I'm no politician," he said. "But the senator from Chicago - it seems like he's got some good ideas."
Monday, September 29, 2008
Praise the Lord...
and pass the legislation, says Rev Al Green: