Time for some shape note singing … something I find fascinating. There does seem to be a link between this and the earlier Sunday Hymn Sing. I had put up that was from an African American hymn singing tradition. At least to my ears. It’s something about the drone and the power I think.

Info: Like many Sacred Harp songs, this one contemplates human mortality and the nature of death for a believer. Words by Isaac Watts (1707), tune by Amariah Hall (1791). Recorded at the 26th Annual Missouri State Convention, March 13, 2011.


  1. So wish we could see what they’re looking at/reading. Want to understand the arm gesture – obviously rhythmic but wonder what prompts it in writing. As ever, thanks for such interesting additions to our days, Patty. 🙂

  2. It’s fascinating, isn’t it? They always do that with shape note singing. It’s interesting to me, too, that there is a bit of a drone quality with this sort of singing. I really love hearing it!