Monday, December 19

Bound for Glory by Timothy R. Botts

This is definitely a different sort of book than I normally review, but it looked neat, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Bound for Glory is a collection of spirituals which Timothy Botts presents as a way to celebrate African American music.  Each song is presented in its entirety (at least it seems to be complete songs), and Botts created illustrations to go with each.  The illustrations usually incorporate some of the lyrics, and they’re presented in a way to evoke a visual representation of the song.  For example, with the song “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” the image features chariot wheels, but also has flames underneath the printed chorus.  It’s a beautiful picture which blends colors, textures, and even the chosen font to depict the song.  Working with Patricia Raybon, personal reflections are offered on the songs, and they write about why the song is important to them.