Rehearsal session of "The First Light"






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Reels 35-36





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  • Front Seat, Back Seat (Reel 35)
  • Ship of Zion
  • Lay Your Burdens at the Feet of Jesus
  • Solid Rock
  • I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
  • Streets of Gold
  • In the Garden
  • My Rock
  • Just a Little Talk with Jesus (continued on Reel 36)
  • I Will Fly Away
  • Keeping My Eyes On You
  • Jesus Loves Me
  • Step Across the Line
  • Try Again
  • Jesus Means All to Me

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  • Two reel to reel recordings. Sound recording of the rehearsal session for a church program called First Light. In winter 1985, the Bureau joined with two folklorists to conduct a folk arts survey of the St. Johns River basin in northeastern Florida. The St. Johns River is the largest and most used river in Florida, supporting a great deal of river commerce as well as a modest amount of commercial fishing. Folklorists Mary Anne McDonald and Kathleen Figgen conducted the survey from January through March 1985 under the direction of Folklife Coordinator Blanton Owen and Bureau Chief Ormond Loomis. Documentation compiled in the survey was used to prepare and present the "St. Johns River Basin Folklife Area" at the 1985 Florida Folk Festival.

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