Hammond Organ  was the title of a concert on July 26, 2017, given at Lasalle, in the South of France, the neighboring village near Chateau de Malerargues. The concert was organized by the United Protestant Church of the Val de Salindrenque.
We are in Protestant country and the village of Lasalle (barely over 1000 inhabitants – in Winter!) must have over ten Protestant temples lined up along its single two-miles long street, all of different confessions. The subtitle of the concert says: From the psalms to Negro-spirituals and to XXth century Gospel, with the Hammond organ and organ player JP Delrieu. 1517 – 2017 : 500 YEARS of influences in the evolution of music in the world . PRESENTATION.
Written before the concert. Afterwords below
James Hillman once said to me: “It is important to be Protestant once a week”. He was Jewish, and I was (am?) Catholic (we are talking culture here, not religion.) If there is one title that James Hillman absolutely deserved, certainly in our times, it is that of being “The King of Soul” (yes, up there with Salomon Burke and his own Hammond). In fact in an editorial of an issue of Hillman’s Spring – A Journal of Archetype and Culture, the then acting editor, Charles Boer, at his imp-pertinent best, wrote that James Hillman should have the copyright on the word soul! He was addressing, obviously, white American high culture and psychotherapeutic circles, because by then the word SOUL had taken over black American and world popular culture. It was African-Americans who brought back the word SOUL, causing the revolution we all know, in music, in singing – and in musical theology: notice the close call between singing and sinning! Popular soul was black.
At the very same time and in a completely different context, Roy Hart was quoting the 19th century American romantic poet Henry Longfellow: “The voice is the muscle of the soul”.
Now for some reflections on the chain of synchronicities leading to and spinning off from these seemingly disparate cultural landmarks.