From over at Proper Talks we've got Anthony Hamilton covering Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." Of course nothing swings like the original--and that isn't even Sam Cooke's best song. But I digress, it's amazing how Obama used language that has specific meaning in the African-American context, and blew it out to encompass everyone. The paraphrasing of Malcolm is a gimme. But beyond that, the word "change" has a specific connotation among us historically, from Cooke to Haki Mahdubuti's "A Poem to Compliment Other Poems." Anyway, Hamilton ain't Cooke (who is?) but he's got the touch.


Anthony Hamilton - "A Change Is Gonna Come" from levi maestro on Vimeo.

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