The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #89700 Message #2936404
Posted By: LadyJean
28-Jun-10 - 11:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bright Morning Star
Subject: RE: Origins: Bright Morning Star
Thirty Nine years ago, this Sunday, I was at Miss Sally Sutherland's School for Scottish Arts.
A group of us, one of whom would grow up to be Jennifer Armstrong Clark, had a Quaker meeting under an apple tree.
Jennifer and Anne Jackson asked the rest of us if we knew any shape note hymns. Then they sang, "Bright Morning Star". That was when I fell in love with shape note singing.
I didn't know "Amazing Grace" was a shape note hymn, though the pipers played it sometimes, for a joke, as they played the old Mickey Mouse Club theme. I love "Amazing Grace" too, but I can't take it seriously when they play it on the pipes.