Mudcat Café message #1814755 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93966   Message #1814755
Posted By: Ron Davies
20-Aug-06 - 09:05 PM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash: The Kitsch of Death!
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash: The Kitsch of Death!
Michael--


Have you actually looked through the Sacred Harp book?    There are LOTS of upbeat songs about death. It is a distinct possibility that with TB, smallpox, typhoid, etc. a lot of the lives of the 19th century folks who sang Sacred Harp were in fact Hobbesian--and that they derived some comfort from songs asssuring them that things would be better in the next world. Why is this not so?