By Oyindamola Esho
Gospel music for me is a place of safety, a house of solace, a time of release. You can find me in the midst of a congregation, face turned to the heavens, swaying to the beat of the drums. I’m usually trying to find a place for my voice in the midst of the three-part choir while also not really caring about being off-key because this is my time to cry out; a time to let go of the burdens of the week. Regardless of how strong or weak my faith is at that very moment, with my arms outstretched, a representation of my reach towards freedom, I can always find solace in gospel music. The rest of the week may not be as glorious but for those fifteen to twenty minutes I’m at peace.