Friday, February 25, 2011

Sacred Harp


On the spur of the moment, I went to a "shape note" or "Sacred Harp" sing-along last night. I can't really read music, but can carry a tune. I'm fascinated by how these singers pick the starting note (I don't really get it). And then - Kaboom - everybody is singing, and somehow following the music. They sing LOUD! It sounds strange and amazing at the same time.

If you've never heard of Sacred Harp, you can check either wikipedia or this documentary movie site for Awake My Soul. Take a listen to the music and be amazed.

2 comments:

fillingcalix said...

This is too funny, because as a tone-deaf person, I can't hear anything different in those audio clips than just regular music. I'm sure it's super cool to sing, but as an enlightened listener, I'm toast.

fillingcalix said...

Oh, the video trailer is a little easier to make sense of...