01-03-2012, 11:16 AM
Today I introduce one of the deepest of all archetypes, the lining hymn choir. Roots transcending time and space, the pre-kotodama kotodama, expression of the infinite power and beauty of the Lord and the Holy Spirit.
Mt Moriah Baptist Church in Chester South Carolina (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D5LrCTmzk8&list=UU_s4FvZeRJDYI5-8zSTBMhg&index=15&feature=plcp)
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05-08-2012, 02:35 PM
Presenting the white choral tradition known as Sacred Harp.
Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHUfHNEZDPc&feature=player_embedded) to documentary "Awake, My Soul" (http://www.awakemysoul.com/)
Note from producer Matt Hinton:
I discovered Sacred Harp singing in 1991. At a concert in Atlanta, I heard about an upcoming "shaped note" singing that was being held about in North Georgia. As I approached the Primitive Baptist Church where the singing was held, I could already hear voices. It was the sound, not of a choir, but of people singing. People with flaws and without perfect pitch, but meaning every word of it: "Serve with a single heart and eye, and to Thy glory live or die." I immediately felt transported. What can I call this experience? Overwhelmed. There is a sense in which this moment informed the entire making of ""Awake, My Soul"". It became my desire for others to experience this moment as well.
Ever since, I have tried to convince my friends that if they will only drive 45 minutes, their minds will be blown. Yet, 45 minutes is a tall order evidently. I decided if they will not come to a singing, I must bring the singing to them.
New Testament Baptist Church in Goshen Indiana. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa8cGHlJzqE)
Lomax, the most prolific ethnomusicologist ever, discussing its history and significance along with timely commentary on schooling. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3mb3Ya9OUc) Notice the expression of the other two, how foreign this communal connection with the Infinite has been for them and their culture.