Cold Mountain – Idumea (458 plays)
"Idumea" from the Cold Mountain soundtrack.
Sacred harp singing, also known as shape note singing, is an early American, a capella type of music. It allows the beauty of the human voice to shine, no matter how technically “good” the singers are.
It’s a very participatory form of music. Once I attended a singing in Vermont, and my friends and I were welcomed into the square, no questions asked. What I heard that night was some of the most immersive, heart-swellingly beautiful music I have ever experienced.
Sacred harp is haunting, uplifting, and pure. It’s tough to explain - you have to hear it. There’s a lot on YouTube, although much of it isn’t the best quality. Try this video for some good examples of more upbeat songs, as well as a visual of what a singing looks like. And if you ever get a chance to go to a singing, jump on that - the recordings really don’t do it justice.
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Last night in Minneapolis for a while… I wish it weren’t though.
at Al’s Breakfast
Ben’s lunch. Hash from all of today’s left over kitchen scraps.
Roasted chicken livers and blackberried, cooling before they get pureed and folded onto onion mousse. Chopped liver like you’ve never had it.
Ricotta cucumber cups, waiting for a cherry tomato vinaigrette.
“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;