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Remembering Martin Luther King in music

I had the chance to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. last night musically with the gospel choir I sing with, Hollywood Mass Choir, at our annual Martin Luther King tribute concert.

It reminded me of singing with my Seattle high school jazz choir at our annual Martin Luther King Day assemblies. Before I joined the choir, they used to perform "Shed A Little Light" by James Taylor every year.

Our school choirs would later start performing "MLK" by U2. It was fun to see the band play a snippet of this at their Rose Bowl concert at the end of October, which surprised me, since it was never a big hit.

Still, my personal favorite song about King is "Pride (In the Name of Love)," also by U2.