Topics to write about hit me in various ways. Often a photo will catch my eye and remind me of something. Sometimes a song speaks loudly and sometimes just a small portion of a verse whispers in my ear in such a way it cannot be ignored. Once in a while, there is no perfect in sync rhyme or reason as to why my shoulder is being tapped or by whom. I think of something with no discernible explanation.

This is one such event.

I like to highlight songs that are not the standard everyone knows it, played on the radio 20 times a day variety. I like to shine a spotlight on songs that have a tonal nuance or conjure up a visceral image. Milky White Way does all three.

As a gospel song, this one is not heard often nor as well known as some others. His voice isn’t the standard fare here either. His tone takes the listener along for the journey, leading the faithful to the way that’s milky white.

The lyrics’ story accompanies the tone, wrapping the listener with a soft gentle hug leading toward a better place of memories. Fond familiar accolades of togetherness welcome the future fearlessly, reminding of a pleasant peace. One wants to walk alongside and take up an instrument of reunion and joy. And to do so with the voice of the man we adore equals sheer emotional beauty.

This very moment our world’s soul demands a conglomerate of encouragement, soothing, and promise. A diversion beyond the the here and now is a beacon of need mixed into a ray of hope lighting a path past our current troubles. This is the very basal temperature and value of gospel music and with the Elvis factor it’s a quick two minute pick me up.

I hope he helps. I hope you’l listen. Be safe.

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Milky White Way

Yes I’m gonna walk on that milky white way

Oh Lord some of these days

Well I’m gonna walk that milky white way

Some of these days well well well well

I’m gonna walk up and take my stand

Gonna join that Christian band

I’m gonna walk on that milky white way

Oh Lord, some of these days

I’m gonna tell my mother howdy, howdy,

Howdy when I get home

Yes, I’m gonna tell my mother howdy,

When I get home well well well well

I’m gonna shake my mother’s hand

I will shake her hands that day

That’s when we walk on that milky white way

On some of these days

I’m gonna meet God the father and God the son

Yes, I’m gonna meet God the father and God the son

Well well well well

I’m gonna sit down and tell Him my troubles

About the world that I just came from

That’s when we walk on that milky white way

Oh Lord, some of these days

Recorded 10/30/1960, first released on His Hand in Mine

RCA Studio B Nashville TN