Balm for the Spirit
"Sacred Harp just grabbed me, and I thought, this is the music I've been waiting for all my life.” -- Andrew Albers
By Doc Lawrence
No lessons are needed to attend a singing and listen. That alone is a wonderful experience.
|Singing friends Carol Buche (L) and Laura Densmore|
Sacred Harp has a unifying quality. Almost magnetically, people come together, often from far away places. Laura Densmore lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania and joined her friend Carol Buche from St, Paul, not to see a Braves game or visit the Georgia Aquarium, but “to sing for a few hours.” They are well schooled in the techniques and warned me that this music can become addictive.
I hope so.
|Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers|
The origins of Sacred Harp are well documented. With nothing but archetypes to back me, I’ve always felt that it predated the Roman conquest of Western Europe. Go to a local sing, close your eyes and absorb. Something within will stir.
John Plunkett said that everyone is welcome to attend and try singing, but you can just listen which is a terrific experience. Everything is relaxed. and religious or political affiliation is irrelevant. Historically, Sacred Harp singing has been interdenominational.
If you are looking for an experience that lessens the exigencies of daily living, Sacred Harp delivers.
Interested? The Atlanta Sacred Harp Association embraces you with lots of warmth. More information:
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