Lagniappe (A Little Something Extra) Music

Lagniappe (A Little Something Extra) Music

You may be asking: What’s Lagniappe? 

From Merriam-Webster


la·​gniappe | \ ˈlan-ˌyap  , lan-ˈyap \


Definition of lagniappe a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase

broadlysomething given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure


Mark Twain’s Thoughts on Lagniappe: We picked up one excellent word, wrote Mark Twain in Life on the Mississippi (1883), “a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word-‘lagniappe’…. It is Spanish-so they said.” Twain encapsulates the history of “lagniappe” quite nicely. English speakers learned the word from French-speaking Louisianians, but they in turn had adapted it from the American Spanish word la ñapa. Twain went on to describe how New Orleanians completed shop transactions by saying “Give me something for lagniappe,” to which the shopkeeper would respond with “a bit of liquorice-root, … a cheap cigar or a spool of thread.” It took a while for “lagniappe” to catch on throughout the country, but by the mid-20th century, New Yorkers and New Orleanians alike were familiar with this “excellent word.”

What is this lagniappe First Baptist is offering?

Why, it’s just “a little something extra” from our music ministry!

Our Minister of Music, Becky Collins, will be giving us a little something extra this season from our music ministry. Some music you’ll expect – some you won’t!

She describes these musical interludes as a “free gift with purchase.” We will continue in worship together, with beautiful hymns and songs. But we’ll also get “a little something extra” from time to time.

Click here to Watch our most recent Lagniappe, a “Hymn Sing” with Becky Collins & Baxter Jennings

Have you missed our other Lagniappe mini-concerts? Click below to watch!

WATCH May 11, 2020: Baxter Jennings,Organist
WATCH May 5, 2020: Becky Collins, Soprano

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