Teaser Tuesdays: Sacred Harp

Teaser TuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading. The rules are simple:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (as well as the book’s title and author)
  • Be careful not to include spoilers

I’ve written before about Sacred Harp singing and why I love it. I listen to and sing the music often, but I don’t know as much about the history of the art form as I’d like. Which is why this week I’m diving into A Sacred Feast: Reflections on Sacred Harp Singing and Dinner on the Ground, by Kathryn Eastburn:

Karen’s book is a living history, the pages crowded with notes scribbled throughout: ‘Sung at Papa’s funeral.’ ‘First song Alison ever led.’

The book referenced here is one of the Sacred Harp songbooks, and I can vouch for their being a “living history.” Singers scribble notes in the margins, keep tallies of how many times they’ve sung a specific song, list their favorites in the front and back covers, dog ear and mark pages with Post-It Notes and scraps of paper.

Okay, enough rambling. Back to reading!

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