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The poignant story of Blind Willie Johnson the legendary Texas musician whose song Dark Was the Night was included on the Voyager I space probe's Golden RecordWillie Johnson was born in 1897 and from the beginning he loved to sing and play his cigar box guitar But his childhood was interrupted when he lost his mother and his s. One of the things I love most about being a reviewer is that I get to read all kinds of picture books and share them with my young readers And one of my favorite picture book genres is biography I have been introduced to so many people I probably never would have known about otherwise thanks to picture book biographies Take for example this new biography about Willie Johnson an African American musician Willie was born in 1897 in a small Texas town As a young boy he lost his mother and at age seven he lost his sight Despite being blind Willie made music at first with a cigar box guitar his father made for him then in church and later busking on the streets traveling about Texas with a guitar and a tin cup hoping for enough money to buy food and get a rented roomAnd Willie knew how to sing the blues sliding his pocket knife up and down the steel strings of his guitar and giving it a voice of its ownDiscovered on the street by a man from a record company Willie was given a chance to make a record his music and went on to enjoy a music career But the one recording that Willie became best known for was a heartbreaking yet hopeful emotional gospel blues song called Dark Was the Night Cold Was the Ground Small wonder that in 1977 when NASA was choosing what to include on the Golden Record they were sending into space that reflected the diversity of who we are as a people on Earth a recording of Willie Johnson performing Dark Was the Night was chosen with its simple message of hope and a reminder that we are not aloneDark Was the Night is not exactly a picture book biography filled with facts dates and places and yet after I finished it I felt like I knew the real Willie Johnson the persistent musician who could use music as if it were his own voice to express himself and his truth And one of the ways the author did this was by contrasting the sources of lightness and darkness that impacted Willie throughout his life And Golio s writing is a perfect compliment to his subject full of emotion and musicality He begins Willie s story in deep dark space and brings it full circle where his music shined a light in the darkness and finally touched the stars Adding to Golio s lyrical text are EB Lewis s subtle watercolor illustrations done in a palette of predominately dark blues and bright yellows This is one of my favorite illustrations because I feel it really captures the sense of light and darkness that was so much a part of Willie s life but not allowing either one to dominate itBe sure to read the back matter to learn about Willie Johnson and the Golden Record that carried his beautiful music into the far reaches of the UniverseAnd if you would like to hear Willie playing Dark Was the Night you can find it on YouTube HERE I have been listening to it repeatedly and I guarantee it is well worth your timeThis book is recommended for readers age 6This book was gratefully received from the author Gary Golio A Beautiful Dark of Blind Willie Johnson the legendary Texas musician whose song Dark Was the Night was included After We Fell on the Voyager I space probe's Golden RecordWillie Johnson was born in 1897 and from the beginning he loved to sing and play his cigar box guitar But his childhood was interrupted when he lost his mother and his s. 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Dark Was the Night

Ight How does a blind boy make his way in the world Fortunately for Willie the music saved him and brought him back into the light His powerful voice combined with the wailing of his slide guitar moved people Willie made a name for himself performing on street corners all over Texas And one day he hit it big when he got a reco. The inspiring story of Willie Johnson who lost both his mother and his sight at an early age and survived with the light of music He traveled by train through Texas singing for coins until he was discovered by a talent scout and his songs were recorded Years later his song Dark Was the Night was chosen as one of the representatives of humanity s music sent out into space aboard Voyager I A lyrical biography of a legendary blues singer this beautiful book will inspire and tug at your heartstrings

SUMMARY Dark Was the Night

Rd deal and his songs were played on the radio Then in 1977 his song Dark Was the Night was chosen to light up the darkness when it was launched into space on the Voyager I space probe's famous Golden Record His immortal song was selected for the way it expresses the loneliness humans all feel while reminding us we're not alon. This picture book biography has radiant art and I enjoyed learning about Willie Johnson s life I didn t prefer the second person narrative voice which essentially talked to him about his life but it worked and the watercolors and use of light and dark are absolutely captivating


10 thoughts on “Dark Was the Night

  1. says:

    One of the things I love most about being a reviewer is that I get to read all kinds of picture books and share them with my young readers And one of my favorite picture book genres is biography I have been introduced to so many people I probably never would have known about otherwise thanks to picture book biographies Take for example this n

  2. says:

    Dark Was the Night Blind Willie Johnson's Journey to the Stars is a children's picture book written by Gary Golio and illustrated by EB Lewis When NASA scientists compiled a recording of sounds to send into space representing Earth and humanity those sounds included thunder crickets classical pieces and a short wordless song by musician Blind Willie JohnsonBlind Willie Johnson was an American gospel blues singer guitarist and evan

  3. says:

    This nonfiction picture book is about the life and music career of Blind Willie Johnson The book begins with the fact that Willie Johnson’s mu

  4. says:

    A beautiful tribute to musician Willie Johnson whose song Dark is the Night was included on the Golden Record sent into space on Voyager 1 EB Lewis' luminous illustrations are spellbinding Readers will rush to find a recording of Johnson's song and many will look further to learn what other music was sent out to the starsI was a brand new mot

  5. says:

    Absolutely lovely picture book biography written in the second person gorgeously illustrated with watercolor paintings about a blind street musician who was discovered recorded some songs one of which was added to the Golde

  6. says:

    The inspiring story of Willie Johnson who lost both his mother and his sight at an early age and survived with the light of music He traveled by train through Texas singing for coins until he was discovered by a talent scout and his songs were recorded Years later his song Dark Was the Night was chosen as one of the representatives of humanit

  7. says:

    Delving into the life of a figure I hadn't known about prior to this reading Golio and Lewis paint a fitting half picture of musician Willie Johnson who's history hasn't been fully explored Black and blind Johnson's life is not withou

  8. says:

    This picture book biography has radiant art and I enjoyed learning about Willie Johnson's life I didn't prefer the second person narrative voice which essentially talked to him about his life but it worked and the waterco

  9. says:

    Beautiful illustrations retelling the life of this amazing musicianEspecially nice in this book was the tone of the writing and the story being told as if the reader was Blind Willie himself I received a copy though Edelweiss for review opinions are my own

  10. says:

    Note I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss

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