A Sacred Feast: Reflections on Sacred Harp Singing and by Kathryn Eastburn

By Kathryn Eastburn

Some have referred to as Sacred Harp making a song America’s earliest tune. This robust nondenominational non secular making a song, a part of a deeply held Southern tradition, has unfold in the course of the state during the last centuries. In A Sacred Feast, Kathryn Eastburn trips into the neighborhood of Sacred Harp singers around the kingdom and introduces readers to the curious glories of a practice that's practiced at the present time simply because it used to be 2 hundred years ago.

 
Each of the book’s chapters visits a unique area and lines recipes from the accompanying culinary tradition—dinner at the floor, a hearty noontime dinner party. From oven-cooked pulled beef barbecue to greenback shop cornbread dressing to crimson velvet cake, those recipes inform a narrative of nourishing the physique, the soul, and the voice. The Sacred Harp’s deeply relocating sound and spirit resonate via those pages, captured at conventions in Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, Colorado, and Washington, conveyed in graphics of singers, and celebrated within the attractions, sounds, smells, and tastes of all-day making a song and dinner at the floor echoing via generations and centuries.

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