"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music.

I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get the most joy in life out of music."

~ Albert Einstein

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sacred Harp: Morning Sun

Here's Buell Cobb with Mr. Bailey leading in the singing of "Morning Sun"at a Sacred Harp gathering at Liberty Baptist Church near Henagar, Alabama. I met Buel at the National Sacred Harp Convention in Birmingham last summer. We had a discussion about Sacred Harp singing and I told him about my first encounter with the genre. Buell has written a fine book about Sacred Harp, Like Cords around My Heart: A Sacred Harp Memoir.

What I like about this video is the joyful juxtaposition. You have authentic Sacred Harp being led by a 95 year old fellow in overalls (that would be Mr. Bailey standing there with Buell Cobb). You also have tattoos and iPhones.

To read or listen to a piece on NPR about Liberty baptist Church and Sacred Harp, check it out here.

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