This is a quick Free Music Monday today, as I am also posting a Media Monday book review post, whaaaaaat! ;P BUT we do have a fun download this week, so let's get to it!
Google play is offering a free album download called Blues Pioneers -- a collection of vintage recordings of blues standards, including Bill Landford, Leroy Carr, The Blue Chips, Blind Boy Fuller, Mamie Smith, and more! This wonderful collection is a great intro into old-timey blues, and a fun "blast from the past" for anyone who enjoys groundbreaking, historical, awesome music.
The Sacred Harp track has a dear place in my heart -- I love shape note singing! It is communal singing at its finest, and loudest... it is simultaneously earthy and deeply spiritually... it's hard to describe, but the word often used to describe it is "rousing." ;P If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, the best mainstream media example I know of is from the movie Cold Mountain...
This is a real-people, real-life example... note that the first 40 seconds or so, they are not singing words, they are singing the notes to establish the melody before adding in the lyrics. This is Sacred Harp 277, Antioch, I Know That My Redeemer Lives.
I won't try to go any further into the rich history of Sacred Harp / shape note singing (after all... I claimed this was going to be a short post... ha!) but there is a wonderful documentary called Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp if you are interested. And either way, you can enjoy a shape note download of your very own, along with some other wonderful blues downloads, courtesy of Google Play today. ;)
Have a great Monday!
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