I battle periodic bouts of depression, and as many fellow sufferers also attest, one thing that can often help bring release is music. Of course 1 Samuel 16:23 comes to mind. I am not particularly fond of most CCM, so for me it's more old-time gospel music. This is admittedly a bit ironic since that genre can often have a rather forlorn sound and message, but for some reason I find it soothing and uplifting. Part of that is probably due to its inherent simplicity. Some of my favorite renditions of gospel are by The Seekers, especially their original versions from the 1960's. So I thought I'd post some of their material that's become available on YouTube, which definitely adds another dimension of enjoyment compared to just listening to an LP or CD. The Seekers have a unique sound, due in no small part to their amazing acoustical accompaniment. Athol, Keith and Bruce, or "the boys" as they were referred to, had truly exceptional harmonization, and were also responsible for creating most of the group's instrumental arrangements. And for my money Judith Durham has the best female gospel voice ever - bar none. She also has quite an infectious smile. The first song is upbeat, a simple celebration of the Gospel, and has become one of my favorites. The second is mournful, yet in view of its roots in chattel slavery I think in keeping with biblical lament. Both the video and audio on these particular recordings are actually rather poor. But the sheer greatness of the music overcomes that. Best listened to with headphones - and don't be afraid to turn up the volume... I hope someone here might find they enjoy these as much as I have come to. (I may add some additional tunes in later posts).