Recording of the Florida-Alabama Progressive Seven Shape Note Singing Convention

Date: May 18, 1980

Source: S1576 , T83-82, T83-83, T83-84, T83-85, T81-21, T81-22

Type: Sound

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  • Prayer (T83-82)
  • He is Lord
  • I Need Thee Every Hour
  • Amazing Grace
  • Scripture Reading
  • When the Roll is Called Up Yonder
  • My Day of Joy is Coming (T83-83)
  • Amazing Grace
  • Inside the Pearly Gates
  • Press On
  • Unidentified song
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  • My God is Real (T83-84)
  • Jesus Knows About It All
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • It Must Have Been Him
  • What a Great Day That Will Be
  • How Beautiful Heaven Must Be
  • Give Me Just a Little More Time
  • Where Could I Go But to the Lord (T83-85)
  • Prayer
  • A Charge to Keep I Have
  • What a Friend We Have in Jesus (T81-21)
  • May the Work That I Have Done Speak For Me
  • Scripture Reading
  • He Is Sweet I Know
  • Inside the Pearly Gates
  • Moving Along With My Savior
  • Unidentified song
  • Where Could I Go But to the Lord (T81-22)
  • Press On
  • My Day of Joy is Coming
  • My Blessed Beautiful Home
  • When Jesus Was Passing By
  • On My Way to Gloryland
  • God Is Gonna Set This World of Fire
  • I Laid My Burden Down

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  • Six reel to reel recordings. The convention was founded in 1928, and performs four times a year. Shaped Note singing was an a capella style of church music that utilized shapes to represent notes (fa-so-la-mi) for untrained and even illiterate church members. Only four notes were used in the hymns. An old Anglican practice, English colonists first brought the tradition over to North American in the 1600s. These are field recordings from the Florida Record Project. That project, along with work for the North Florida Project, resulted in the two-album recording, Drop On Down in Florida.


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