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Inspiration Behind "Black Moses"

  It was approaching summer 2020 when my co-writer, Brad Wilson and I talked about the pandemic lockdown and how oppressive it was generally. We wondered how long it would last as we spoke of lack of earnings and our mutual yearnings; yearning most of all for a return to church to partake in the sweet communion of the Divine Liturgy as we are both Orthodox Christians. At the end Brad encouraged, "Not to worry mate, hopefully it will soon be over." I fired back with a kind of melodic metaphor, "Yeah, then we can step out in the sunlight". Brad ran with it and to my surprise soon called me up to introduce a new song. I was amazed! At first, we called it Step Out focussing on what I had said to him in our last conversation but then the first line threw me. It ran, "Like Moses in the wilderness..." but sounded like "Black Moses in the wilderness..." to me. Hence that's what I recorded and sent it back to him. We both laughed and thought ok let
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