Cryin' In The Streets - Zeshan B.

from the album Vetted (2017)

One of my favorite "freedom songs" of the Civil Rights era is Cryin' In The Streets by George Perkins and The Silver Stars.  A lesser known song from 1970, George Perkins was inspired to write this song  based by his recollections of the imagery of Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral.  It drips with raw soul that is authentic and pure.

For me, this song speaks to the power of the image each of us projects towards the world and the impact that image has on others.  When I flip the dial, I see all sorts of people carrying on, projecting images and issuing statements that make me cringe.  Do these people realize that their freedom of speech also comes with responsibilities, and that they are seriously lacking in the latter?

Then there are others - the good ones - who use their imagery and words to inspire, educate, and promote justice.

Which are you?

It is great to hear Zeshan Bagewadi covering Cryin' In The Streets.  Songs like this should be sung loudly, and often.

His version is true to the original.  Full of classic tones and incredible backing vocals.  One highlight is the horn section.  As it swells, you can't help but have you spirit swell along with it.  This is soul.

But the main attraction is Zeshan B.'s vocal performance.  It is a magnificent musical instrument.  There is an ache in his vibrato and an otherworldliness in his falsetto.  I keep playing this tune, louder and louder, reveling in his vocal.

If George Perkins were still alive, I'm sure he would say "Right on."

Click Here to watch the official video to Zeshan B.'s cover version of Cryin' In The Streets.

Click Here to listen to the original version of Cryin' In The Streets by George Perkins and The Silver Stars.