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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 07:02 PM
Sacred Harp singing, using Shape Notes and the rest, is a trip. With roots going back centuries, this a cappella tradition features sounds that are both discordant yet mesmerizing. As they say, with open fifth notes and two-note chords, Sacred Harp singing breaks the rules of much of modern day music. Yet, boisterous and loud while layered and hypnotic, when it is done right and all sides of the harmony is sung properly, it does become quite captivating. PBS showed an excellent movie on the music called "Awake, My Soul - The Story Of The Sacred Harp" with musician Jim Lauderdale narrating - http://www.awakemysoul.com/

I have heard it over the years, but I didn't grow up in this tradition so I have never actually sung it. Has anyone here spent time in the Square???

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 07:29 PM
Thanks for sharing this most interesting link, Derek! Haven't had time to fully read through this but the film looks like it would be fascinating - I'll have to keep my eyes peeled to see if I can catch this on PBS around here. I love the vocals in this clip you provided - how powerful!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:20 PM
I know that a BIG part of the sacred harp singing has it's roots here in Alabama.
As a matter of fact, every year at the City Stages Festival, there is a stage pretty much devoted to sacred harp. It's an interesting thing to behold.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 08:45 PM
My grandmother used to have a Sacred Harp hymnal, so I'm guessing at some point she was aware of that musical form. I remember it had all the different parts "broken down".
Of course, back then I didn't any knowledge of or any real interest in that musical form. Nevertheless, now that I know a little more about it, I wish I would have kept that hymnal.

 
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  posted on 1/15/2008 at 09:45 PM
The movie looks great. Sacred Harp is active in the DC folk scene. I've been to a couple of sing-a-longs with friends who are really into it. It was a lot of fun.
 

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My grandmother used to have a Sacred Harp hymnal, so I'm guessing at some point she was aware of that musical form. I remember it had all the different parts "broken down".



That seems to be the key, as the singers who are capable of singing one of the high or low harmony parts sit together as a group, with all four groups surrounding the square in the middle where the song leader stands.

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The movie looks great. Sacred Harp is active in the DC folk scene. I've been to a couple of sing-a-longs with friends who are really into it. It was a lot of fun.



Rhonda, do you know any in the Dead Men's Hollow group there in DC, r any of the Footmad or Contra dancing folks and musicians????

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  posted on 1/16/2008 at 01:45 AM
Great post,DFC.
I first heard Sacred Harp singing on the Cold Mountain movie soundtrack. Around the same time that the film was in theaters,I remember reading a newspaper article about Sacred Harp hymnals and singing.
I would very much like to see the documentary. I'll be on the watch for it.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2008 at 01:48 PM
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Great post,DFC.
I first heard Sacred Harp singing on the Cold Mountain movie soundtrack. Around the same time that the film was in theaters,I remember reading a newspaper article about Sacred Harp hymnals and singing.
I would very much like to see the documentary. I'll be on the watch for it.



That's some interesting stuff, I wasn't familiar with the form before now, or if I caught a snippet here or there in a movie, it escaped my attention. Definitely seems the kind of thing where hearing/witnessing it live would blow the heck out any recorded rendition.

Re: Cold Mountain - Amazing what a good movie can do for your listening habits. "Songcatcher" expanded my own horizons to a very large degree.

 

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  posted on 1/16/2008 at 04:32 PM
I highly recommend the movie "Songcatcher" as well, as it mimics the AP Carters and Alan Lomax's and the David Holts of the world who got off the hard road to explore the mountains and countryside to find songs of the old days, the "ancient tones" as Bill Monroe called them, that could have easily been lost to the world as the old folks die out. Good movie.

 

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I highly recommend the movie "Songcatcher" as well, as it mimics the AP Carters and Alan Lomax's and the David Holts of the world who got off the hard road to explore the mountains and countryside to find songs of the old days, the "ancient tones" as Bill Monroe called them, that could have easily been lost to the world as the old folks die out. Good movie.


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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 02:42 PM
I grew up singing sacred harp. There's the legendary Singing Church in Mystic, Ga., on the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, that is almost gone now. The original building was made so the sounds would carry far out into the woods, as that many families would be out under the trees during the summer. The "summer chapel" was basically a large covered seating area and in later years waist high walls were run around the perimeter.

Also, if you check the songbooks of most Baptist churches in the south, you'll see the shaped notes still being used.

 

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