Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp [Two-Disc Special Edition]
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an excellent intro to this wonderful American music.I am glad and proud to
be part of the fold that is doing all it can to keep this music alive.
As such, in addition to the rich Angelican literature we frequently performed music of the colonies and early America, and I was always happy when the Sacred Harp came out. A few years ago a friend in Georgia told me about a documentary that featured his Sacred Harp group, about the history of Sacred Harp/Shape Note singing, etc. but I never heard any more about it. Somehow I missed the original airing on PBS, but a few weeks ago stumbled across a site that mentioned this documentary "Awake My Soul" and I had to have it. What an amazing, thoughtful, fascinating and uplifting film this is.
Filmmakers Matt and Erica Hinton, devotees of this music, are aided by a wonderful assortment of Sacred Harp singers, young, old and in between, who are part of the tradition for myriad reasons. To hear this music, sung like this makes me realize how much we've lost as a culture by forcing this music away and out into the backwoods of our country. In the early 20th century one could find almost nothing about this music, and in the 1920's a German Professor at Vanderbilt University, musicologist George Pullen Jackson stumbled into it only to be amazed that this "Lost Tonal Tribe" still existed in the country. He wrote, "The nation's earliest music had been preserved not by the universities and institutions, but by unschooled country folk."
The worldwide cultural associations with this music are rather amazing.Read more ›
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The music is haunting and the background history of the genre is really good. Introduced me to s new field.Published 6 months ago by Joyce A. Ward
If this fantastic documentary does not fill you with spirit, you may not have any.
It's completely wonderful -- if you love choral music, or don't know anything about shape... Read more
A great throwback to the old South, similar to the annual Sacred Harp singing I enjoyed while living in Nashville, Tennessee. I felt inadequate...Published on June 26, 2014 by Scott
I had never heard of this Sacred Harp before I saw some of it on YouTube. Then I saw clips of this documentary and decided to get it. Read morePublished on April 9, 2014 by Paul Thompson
Wonderful! Am Scot-Irish, so this touched a sweet spot. Had heard of Sacred Harp singing, but had not heard a whole lot of it. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Kolya
We loved this documentary! Awake My Soul lived up to it's title. We were a little concerned when looking that the DVD contents that we may not be getting the actual movie as it... Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by J. Fyffe
It was way Too long!! The 10-minute shorter version said it all; there was no need to the longer version.Published on January 1, 2014 by Dakota Chavis
The documentary chronicles the current manifestation of an important American musical tradition and its continuing influence. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Robert G. Landrum