One of the highlights of our Stalcup Seminar for Congregational Historians was the sacred harp singing Thursday night. The Harpeth Valley Sacred Harp Singers treated us to a fine program. And… this being my first singing, I really loved it. If you are not familiar with sacred harp, check out their website above. You’ll especially want to poke around fasola.org. I characterize sacred harp as acapella bluegrass. It is soulful music…close to the bone as they say. It is music for singers, not listeners. It is certainly not performance-oriented: it is highly participatory and the style is intentionally accessible for those of us with (so-called) untrained voices. If you haven’t heard it before, best to listen to some online audio clips before you invest in a CD.
The next Harpeth Valley singing is November 8 from 9.30-2.30 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville (the big Baptist church in Belle Meade).