- The original core music from this genre was published in The Sacred Harp in 1844, featuring tunes by New England composers.
- A group of traditional sacred harp singers, referred to as a "class," will gather and sit in a "hollow square" with different parts on each side.
- Many singers will beat or swing their hands in time with the conductor (or "leader") in an effort to support the leader and keep the class together.
- They often sing without instrumental accompaniment with a remarkable resonance, volume, intensity and enthusiasm.
- The purpose of singing, for traditional sacred harp singers, is for their own enjoyment and inspiration, not for a listening audience.
We have been given the opportunity to dedicate so many of our songs to other people in our lives (Jeanie, Under the Willow, Jehovah, etc.), but maybe this one can be for us - for our "own enjoyment and inspiration rather than [just] for a listening audience."