46 “This Song of Love” by Middle Georgia Singing Convention No. 1

Beautiful Style and Beautiful Art of Music

My Old Weird America

The shape-note singing we heard in the previous selection wasn’t only a white tradition in the South. Some black communities had also shape-note singing on meetings and “conventions” and used the same books as the whites, with the addition, in New Jersey, South Alabama and Florida communities, of “The Colored Sacred Harp”, a book compiled by Judge Jackson in 1934. Their singing style and repertoire ressembles those of the whites communities but has a distinctive african-american feeling.

The Wiregrass Sacred Harp singers is such a group, that kept this tradition alive for decades in Alabama.

Listen to The Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers singing songs from “The Colored Sacred Harp”:

“The Signs of The Judgement”

“Shout and sing”

“Jesus lives in my soul”

-“This Song of Love” by Middle Georgia Singing Convention also belong to the african-american shape-note singing tradition but the style of the performance is quite distinct from Sacred Harp…

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