Editor,

I am a lover of “Sacred Harp” music.

I am writing this letter not to criticize any style or type of music, but my purpose is to promote Sacred Harp. It is not sung near enough.

Sacred Harp represents life, emotions, feelings and the love we have for one another and to God and our Savior.

I get a blessing going to singings and hearing songs being sung. Personally, I think it should be sung in churches. I sing and whistle its tunes every day.

This type of singing is a forerunner of Southern gospel. Sacred Harp was established in 1844. This music consists of hymns written throughout the years. It is a four-part harmony sung by various groups according to their seating arrangements.

Southern Gospel was established in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee in 1910. It consisted of quartets sent out for the purpose of selling song books. These days, we have contemporary or praise music.

I desire to see this music to last throughout the ages, and not to vanish after I leave this life.

As long as I have my rightful mind, I will sing and meditate on it ‘til I go to my grave. (Proverbs 22:28, Deuteronomy 20:14, Jeremiah 6:16)

Jerry Turlington, Fort Payne

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