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by William Roper

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On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves of the Southern states that had seceded from the Union. It took awhile for the news to trickle down. It was not until June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, that the slaves in the eastern portion of that stat found out dey wus free.

This composition imagines that day.


Swing low sweet chariot
comin' for to carry me home!
We're livin' high on the hog now, Bill!
No more of those jowls, pig feet,
pig snout, pig tail, Bill!
Got me some ribs!
Some of that tenderloin!
Ha, ha!

We's free, Bill!
We's free!


released June 19, 2020
William Roper - tuba.
Joseph Mitchell - tambourine, vocals.
Recorded 12/97 at Pacifica Studios, Culver City, CA. Glenn Nishida - engineer.
Mastered 7/97 at Killzone Studio, Mar Vista, CA. Wayne Peet - engineer.
Produced by William Roper.
Originally released on Asian Improv Records #0055


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William Roper Los Angeles, California

William Roper is a multi-disciplinary artist residing in Los Angeles. His primary foci are music composition, music performance and improvisation, and the visual arts. He has toured Japan, Europe, and the two Americas, as soloist and ensemble musician. He is represented on 60+ recordings, twelve as leader. ... more

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