In "The Color of Water", what music could be used if it became a movie? I keep thinking of interracial music and can't come up with any...

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

McBride's white mother, Ruth Jordan, is  a Polish Jew.  She immigrates to Missouri shortly after her birth in the early 1920s.  It might be nice to begin with some instrumental traditional Jewish songs (a link below to some samples.)

As as adult, she moves to New York where she meets and marries McBride's black father.  This would put the timeframe around the late 1930s early 40s, so you might do well with some jazz and blues, as the Harlem music scene was thriving. 

Their son James is born in Virgin in 1957.  Consider adding some of the popular rock songs of the 50s or some music exculsively of Virigina.

Finally, did you know McBride himself is an accomplished musician?  A link to his work is below. 

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clynolson | Student
If God is the color of water and life's blessings and values transcend race, it would be nice to have an ecclectic lineup of spiritual music as well as some instrumentals.  I see examples like The Peaceful Warrior or the Secret Life of Bees. Intermix India Arie, Alicia Keys, Riyanna, Rickie Byars Beckwith for the church scenes, Nadine Risha for sure . . I would have to see the movie first, but I would recommend very tenderly weaving the right and perfect music to match this message!
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