Sacred Harp | Haute Macabre

Sacred Harp

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Sacred Harp music is an traditional religious American choral style from the Deep South characterized by a capella vocals an unusual musical structures. For those of you with musical knowledge, I’ll quote Wikipedia-” polyphonic in texture, and the harmony tends to deemphasize the interval of the third in favor of fourths and fifths. In their melodies, the songs often use the pentatonic scale or similar “gapped” (fewer than seven-note) scales.” What that means to the rest of us is that Sacred Harp singing is hands-down some of the weirdest, creepiest, but most beautiful sounding stuff you will ever hear. Imagine it drifting through the Alabama woods on a still summer evening….Oh, and remember that these are the people singing it. Look at them. While they sing to you. Do those guys on the top row even have eyes???

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