For some inexplicable reason, this week I found myself drawn into an ’80s-soul-gospel rabbit hole. This in turn led me back to one of my old favorites from the genre-era that I hadn’t listened to for a while: Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark’s “My Soul Loves Jesus” (listen above). This song is nuts. It is downright lustful. It is a Jesus-themed sister to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”. It is 7 minutes of Twinkie really, really feelin’ the spirit.
My soul loves Jesus
My soul thirsteth for Him
I just can’t get enough of Him
He has planted His love so that I find it hard to let go
All day I love Him
All night I love Him
I can’t sleep lest I dream of Him
When I rise I always think of Him
His love is a root in the ground, way deep down in my soul
Never in my life have I felt this way before
If you don’t get the message, there is a sequence of “oh-oh-oh’s” following all this that well and truly drives the point home. I should note that in addition to composing and singing the living daylights out of it, Twinkie also played the piano on this damn thing, and kills it there as well.
But no matter how you hear “My Soul Loves Jesus”, it’s worth giving 7 minutes of your time to. It’s just so crazy beautiful and heartfelt and who among us doesn’t need a little bit of that right now?
Right, time for some new stuff! Welcome to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the finest new songs that have surfaced over the past couple of weeks. Lush and screamy, quiet and heart-squeezing, they are all #1.
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