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Music in American Religious Experience$
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Philip V. Bohlman, Edith Blumhofer, and Maria Chow

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173048.001.0001

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 “Tuned Up with the Grace of God”

 “Tuned Up with the Grace of God”

Music and Experience among Old Regular Baptists

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Music in American Religious Experience

Jeff Todd Titon

Oxford University Press

Old Regular Baptist traditions from the Appalachian Mountains of the Southern United States rely on seemingly non-metric, non-liturgical practices of song, as opposed to hymns. This chapter uses ethnography, interviews, and spectral analysis to question assumptions about the general freedom Old Regular Baptist singing seemingly exhibits. The analytical interpretation is contextualized by historical examination of singing as developing over the course of centuries and the broadly inclusive practice of absorbing sacred songs from numerous sources. The close analyses of individual performances clarify the ways in which melodic codes and performance gestures bring Old Regular Baptists together in song to express their common belief in being tuned up with the grace of God.

Keywords:   Appalachian, ethnography, grace, interviews, non-liturgical, Old Regular Baptists, song, Southern, spectral analysis

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