By Kathryn Eastburn
A few have referred to as Sacred Harp making a song America’s earliest song. This strong nondenominational non secular making a song, a part of a deeply held Southern tradition, has unfold in the course of the country during the last centuries. In A Sacred banquet, Kathryn Eastburn trips into the neighborhood of Sacred Harp singers around the state and introduces readers to the curious glories of a convention that's practiced this day simply because it used to be 200 years ago. Each of the book’s chapters visits a distinct area and contours recipes from the accompanying culinary tradition—dinner at the flooring, a hearty noontime dinner party. From oven-cooked pulled red meat fish fry 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 images of singers, and celebrated within the attractions, sounds, smells, and tastes of all-day making a song and dinner at the flooring echoing via generations and centuries. (20080410)
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When his uncle died, and the funeral was held at Crossroads Baptist Church in western Georgia, Louis’s interest was renewed. Now he sings whenever he can. “I believe there’s a place in the square for me,” he says, referring to the eternal resting place Sacred Harp singers aspire to. Following dinner on day two, the singing swells to new heights. On day three, I sit next to a beautiful young couple and their seven-week-old baby. Dark-haired and dark-eyed, the 32 bir ming ham mother and father could easily be mistaken for siblings.
After everyone has eaten, there’s not a scrap of food left. Ann begins mobilizing for tomorrow’s dinner, declaring this the largest crowd she has ever fed. “Poor old Stanley Smith,” she says. “He was last in line. He didn’t hardly get nothin’ to eat. ” A small, black-haired woman named Lou, who brought a boxload of dishes, nods in agreement. “Used to be everyone who came cooked for several days before the singing,” she says. “It’s not many of us that fixes anymore. ” But on day two, the ladies of the food committee have risen to the occasion.
Operation Iraqi Freedom, set in motion by former Texas governor George W. Bush, had barely begun and I was already dreading the entry of my son, an Army reservist, into the fray. Driving across Texas, I had winced at the sight of so many American flags, feeling only dread over what they symbolized: a war that would take my son to the Middle East. The country was divided over the wisdom of the invasion, and so was I. Women and men alike dabbed their eyes as they sang the second verse in loud voices: My native country, thee Land of the noble free Thy name I love.
A Sacred Feast: Reflections on Sacred Harp Singing and Dinner on the Ground (At Table) by Kathryn Eastburn