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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Call and Response

In the gospel music tradition they used call and response to sing. The leader would sing out the first line and the congregation would repeat it back. The leader would sing the second line and the congregation would sing it back. In this way they could learn new songs quickly without the words or music in print. The tradition adapted to absorb the limitations of life and eventually to make call and response music a culturally distinctive icon of gospel music.

How do we deal with our limitations? In what ways have our limitations prescribed the way we do things? What limitation-responses have become, for us, embedded in our culture?

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