Pieces of inspiration from Dexter Story, the Musical Director of People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement.
Music directing and co-producing People Get Ready: A Live Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement at Grand Performances is without question the most humbling experience of my life. Until now, I avoided dealing with 'freedom songs' because I didn't really want to relive the pain of inequality and oppression in America. I didn't even have the wherewithal until now to acknowledge the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. I had taken for granted and outright ignored how brave, resilient and triumphant my parents were, and how singing was their and others' saving grace through uncanny adversity. People Get Ready has been much more than simply arranging a song or learning a lyric. Being of African American descent, this show has required me to confront my extraordinary heritage and discover the same light and inspiration in music that carried us through the struggle for equality in this country and in the world. It is my intention to have People Get Ready honor the courageous and vital spirit of all who fight for human rights worldwide.