The phrase “You Raise Me Up” implies movement in a positive direction. It says, “I was mentally lost, but because of what you did, I am finding my way. You strengthened my faith and gave me hope.” This is the message of this CD.
THE MOTTO: YOU RAISE ME UP
Dr. Mamie Smith spent many years lifting up children. She taught vocal music to thousands of children across America and on Okinawa, Japan. Was fortunate to perform in numerous choirs, operas, churches and became guest soloist for military churches on Okinawa. It is not unusual for her to be stopped on the streets of Detroit and hear, “Hi Dr. Smith! Remember me? You taught me at (name of school)!” or to be notified by a Facebook person who remembers her as the vocal teacher. Some of her students have made successful musical careers in New York.
You see… not only did Dr. Mamie teach vocal technique and polish the human voice, she also taught basic core values like discipline, hard work, honesty and responsibility. It is these attributes that pave the way for social and moral success. It does not matter which profession or skill-set you choose, basic core values should be used for positive, societal growth and development.
LIFT UP YOURSELF
Even though Dr. Smith performed professionally, it never occurred to her to go in a studio and “spin a tune.” That is until a few months ago when a well-known saxophonist told her she had “spent most of her life helping kids..now…do something for yourself.” After three years of encouragement, the day arrived when she found herself in a studio. The vocal coach was the teacher, and she was the student. Her producer, Duane Parham had the last word. It was a lesson she needed to learn.