Tuesday, June 09, 2020

With the spirit and understanding, and other music quotes

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“Music should be rendered with the spirit and understanding; that the very soul and heart should enter into the song being sung.” -- James L. “Jim” White

“Our singing will not be melody to the Lord unless hearts beat in harmony with hymn.” -- “Mountain Hoosier” in The Paulding New Era, May 29, 1885

“There is not enough singing in the churches these days. There is too much mechanical music for the spiritual welfare of the churches.” -- J. P. Reese

“Natural harmony seems to have more of the spirit of inspiration than much of the so-called harmony of the present age.” -- J. P. Reese (Reese was referring to singing without instruments vs. singing with an organ)

“Our sacred music is like pure gold. The more it is rubbed, the brighter it shines.” -- Prof. R. E. Bartlett

“There is no better music this side of the pearly gates than that found in the old ‘Sacred Harp’.” -- Cedartown Standard, Sept 7, 1911

“The Harp is going to float when this world is on fire.” -- J. G. Land

“The more I learn about the Sacred Harp, the better I love it.” -- J. G. Land

“The real music is the silence and all the notes are only framing this silence.” -- Miles Davis

“Heaven was very near as the music upward rolled.” -- A. H. Reneau

“When the old family Bible gets out of date, then the old Sacred Harp will be a back number too.” -- J. G. Land

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