Sacred Harp shape note singing
was around before the Cold Mountain
soundtrack and will probably be around for a while after. Forty-five minutes into Dan Bodah's archived radio show
is a three-hour recording of the 2002 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention. This is the real thing, complete with fire-and-brimstone lyrics, off-key voices, and kids screaming in the background. Beats out Christmas carols any day.