How about some gospel music?

A mini-mix of tunes that span the 1920s to the near-present. There's no theme connecting them or anything; they were just at the top of my most-played list in iTunes.

The Mount Eagle Quartet? I only know of two songs by them, recorded for the excellent Gotham label and collected on Gotham Gospel 2. This song is upbeat and excellent and I don't know what else to say about it except I'd love to hear more if any exists by this golden age quartet.

The Chosen Gospel Singers are pretty obscure, despite having had Lou Rawls in their ranks (you can hear him pretty clearly here) and having gigged about a bit in the L.A. area in the early 1950s. FYI, the gist of the tale of Ananais and his wife in the New Testament is not to lie to God and not to get too greedy. Don't make it look like you're doing one thing when you say you're doing another, or you will be struck down dead. Someone please read from Acts 5:1 - 11 at the next Bush cabinet meeting.

The Rev. Lonnie Farris is one of the principal patriarchs of the NPR-sanctioned "sacred steel" franchise. This tune is taken from the brilliant Document collection Slide Guitar Gospel (1944-1964). Clearly influenced by Hawaiian lap steel music (this is lap steel not slide but who cares), this stuff is so gentle and beautiful and in its own world, I just can't get enough.

Cryin' Sam Collins is one of the first known blues artists; and, like many early blues singers, he also sang a bit of gospel. I'm always on the lookout for a Yazoo LP from the '70s called Cryin' Sam Collins and his Git Fiddle: Jailhouse Blues. I adore this pretty little tune, which I knew first and foremost in Blind Lemon Jefferson's earlier recording of it.

Rev. Cleophus Robinson's music from the late '60s is some of the raddest jazzy, soulful gospel from that era. The super budget-priced CD I Shall Know Him is a great introduction to this stuff.

The Tigers are a trombone shout gospel band I hope to see real soon; I just have to get myself down to the congregation of The House of Prayer for All People in North Carolina. This song is taken from their 1991 debut Shout & Testify, though it had been recorded a decade earlier.