Thursday, March 01, 2007
image from satucket.comAmazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me...I once was lost, but now am found,Was blind, but now I see.Did you know that the song 'Amazing Grace' is the most recorded song in history, with over 3200 different recordings? It also happens to be the anthem of the Cherokee Nation, as it was the song that was sung on the Trail of Tears (1838-1839).But what's the story behind the song? Why is it so powerful?Well, you can find out all about it this week, when 'Amazing Grace: the William Wilberforce Story', opens in theatres. William Wilberforce was the man behind the anti-slave movement in Britain which, in turn, served as model for the US anti-slave movement. Wilberforce was mentored by John Newton (1725-1807), the British son of a commander in the British merchant marine. Newton first went to sea at age 11, only to desert the service, get captured and be sold into slavery himself. Newton started as a servant to a slave-trader working out of Sierra Leone, and eventually worked his way up to become a partner in the business. One night during a great storm, Newton experienced a conversion, which lead to him writing the song 'Amazing Grace'.And everything thing after that, as they say, is history.