Musicking and Sacred Harp

Submitted by Deidra M. Montgomery on Friday, 10/30/2009, at 11:55 AM

            Small’s concept of ritual is strongly applicable to the Sacred Harp tradition. Because we, as singers, are participating in an activity whose most easily-recognizable end product is sound, we think the only potential meaning of the moment of attending a Sacred Harp singing can be to sing. We essentialize the event as a vehicle for producing song. Many neglect to acknowledge that a Sacred Harp singing is a vehicle for numerous other activities.