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Back to the Sacred Harp and How It Travels!

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Here are two recordings: the first is from an annual singing in Hoboken, Georgia with David Lee leading the singing along with his mother, the second comes from a sacred harp singing in Ireland. This lets you hear the music in its home environment, sung from the blue “Cooper book” and then from some enthusiastic Irish/English/American singers, singing from the red Denson book. The music travels because it is such a joy to sing.




Enjoy them both - listen to just part or the whole. Note that the melody is in the tenor part which is doubled at the octave by women’s voices. Also note the singers who conduct along with the leader - they were probably up later that day leading one of their favorite tunes.


Chant from Pluscarden Abbey

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On the Feast of St. Benedict, chant from a Benedictine Abbey is definitely called for. This is a restful bit of psalmody from Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland. I love chanted psalms in the monastic traditions - no dragging, no rushing - just an even walking tempo. Pluscarden Abbey has a splendid website - you can even find out why these monks are wearing white rather than the traditional Benedictine black.

So pay them a visit on this feast day (or any day) and consider that the work of Benedict still continues throughout the world and pray that it continue forever.

And why not enjoy some bread today in honor of St. Benedict? You can read the story about the saint and the raven and the bread here. Saints and food are always enjoyable associations.