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Sacred Harp singing

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.

TMN Editor Beth Milton lives in Brooklyn, works in Manhattan, left her heart in Virginia, and owes some guy in Copenhagen 200 kroner. You can email her here. More by Beth Milton

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