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A Sacred Feast by Kathryn Eastburn
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Apr 25, 2011

really liked it

I stuck my toe into Sacred Harp singing once upon a time, and I loved it. But, circumstances and a slight feeling of inhospitality in the group I sang with, ran me off. (It was probably me!) Kathryn Eastburn's account of this marvelous "sacred harp" singing tradition, makes me long to join up again. The shape notes take some getting used to and I never quite did, but Eastburn's explanation of how to do it made me feel more secure. She travels widely to group sings and explores the tradition and the people who keep the art alive. I particularly loved the description of the shape note singers in Portland, OR who consist of many young people who dress outlandishly,sport tattoos and piercings, and sing their heads off. I favor Eastburn's writing style and her inclusion of her family history in this account. She also includes recipies of the yummy food that is shared, potluck fashion, at all day, all weekend sings all over the country. Weight Watcher's would probably drop dead at the amount of butter and cream in many of the offerings but they sure souond good to me. Eastburn includes list of films, websites, CD'and camps that promote sacred harp singing and a bibliography of her cited works. A joyful read!

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message 1: by Colleen (new)

Colleen Well, you've just introduced me to a term I'd never heard of--sacred harp singing. And here I thought I was so well-sung.

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