Café Mouffe: His Eye is on the Sparrow

I planned to devote this week’s Mouffe to Miriam Makeba. Then I chanced upon this version of His Eye is on the Sparrow sung by a Mississippi children’s choir. I wish I knew more about the phenomenal soloist. It’s a song I heard first from my Grandma Ona Willis, who played gospel piano and organ for the Salvation Army. When I made my first pilgrimage to Preservation Hall in New Orleans, I heard it sung by the legendary Tuba Fats. May it bless Miriam Makeba and all of us who share the humility of sparrows.

Encore: This discovery resulted from an exchange of Tweets (no pun intended, that’s what they are called on Twitter) about birdsong between @lodrorigdzin and @williscreative. He pointed me to two marvelous birdsong clips, De Mus and Aerial Tal by Kate Bush.

Café Mouffe opens evry Friday ’round 3 p.m.  Please drop by for a listen and a chat. Sometimes the embedded videos don’t work here due to bandwidth constraints, but you’ll always find links to video sources in the notes. Try them. If you’re curious about the Mouffe, here’s the original idea behind it’s creation.

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2 Responses to Café Mouffe: His Eye is on the Sparrow

  1. tomrobertstennessee says:

    Great stuff! I did a little internet research. The singer is Bryan Wilson. He was 12 years old in 1994 when he performed this concert. His website is, and his current new cd is: “The Second Coming.”

  2. Mark Willis says:


    Thanks so much for tracking down Bryan Wilson! I’m pleased that his career has flourished.

    Sorry I didn’t see your comment until now. The WordPress admin interface for comments changed & isn’t as user-friendly for me as it once was.

    How’s life in Loudon since the election. We need to have another of our politico talks.

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