Recently, i got a dvd about sacred harp music called Awake, My Soul.
Actually, i am pretty embarrassed to say that i am just learning about
sacred harp or shaped music and i guess, have only just begun to
scratch the surface. Seems like it originally came from Europe
and like so much other music was carried to the States in the late 1600s
and early 1700s. Apparently it is a much more original, rural folk kind
of music than it's immediate descendant, gospel or other more
For some reason, the music that seems to mean the most to me these days
is that which reveals a collective musical past and history. i remember one
of my favorite teachers growing up was my history teacher in seventh grade.
His name was David Hamlin and the main reason is that when he taught us
about historic events, he let us get a sense of and let us feel that history
through his telling. Maybe it's just that he was an old guy then - like me now.
Anyway, i am glad to have found it and thanks to Harvey for leading me to that
vein of roots music through that Jeni and Billy reference here back when.
for all the rest of my days...