Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Archaic Language in Hymnody, and other music links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.
  • Archaic Language in Hymnody -- "The more that classic hymnody is “updated,” the more likely it is that the original excellence of a given piece is going to be compromised to some degree."
  • Black Sacred Harp Singing in East Texas -- "Some noticeable differences existed in the way that African-American singers carried on the sacred harp musical tradition from the practices of white singers."
  • Critiquing Art and Music -- "Too often music is thought about as if the notes are the form and the lyrics are the content. In actuality, the lyrics have form and content, the music has form and content, and the marriage of text and notes have another layer of form and content."
  • Deleted Cooper Songs -- Songs deleted from The B. F. White Sacred Harp in the 1992 W. M. Cooper Revision, compiled by Rachel Wells Hall
  • Does My Argument in Authorized Apply to Old Hymns? -- "I’m actually fine with challenging metaphors, particularly if they’re drawn from the Bible—or comparable to the Bible’s metaphors in their obscurity quotient."
  • East Texas Musical Convention -- "The East Texas Musical Convention...was organized in 1855, and is the oldest Sacred Harp convention in Texas...The East Texas Convention has a continuous history from 1868, the earliest year notated in its minutes."
  • East Texas Sacred Harp Singing Convention -- "August 11, 2018 to August 12, 2018 9:30 am – 3:00 pm"
  • I Looked for a Musician to Stand in the Gap -- "They provided more wisdom and inspiration: they appeared to be a nearly inexhaustible well. Until I asked what I might call a stumper."
  • “It Made My Body Feel Confused” -- "Lyrically, it’s a hymn, and yet the singing is hot-breathed and sexy-close into microphones. It made my body feel confused."
  • Loblolly, Volume 2, Number 2, Fall 1974 -- "F. D. Waldrop is the historian and expert on Sacred Harp singing in East Texas."
  • The “Stacked Fourths” Chord: A Canonical Discord in The Sacred Harp -- "This “canonical discord” is a chord consisting of the first, fourth, and seventh degrees (1-4-7) of the minor scale—a “stacked fourths” chord creating a dissonant seventh between the outer notes."
  • This old Southern tradition bridges new cultural divides -- "Newcomers are often younger, less strictly religious, and hail from cultures and parts of the country that hold values sometimes at odds with those of conservative rural communities..."

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