A Song of the Sea

Not one I've heard before, either.

7 comments:

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Singing in harmony is part of white culture, I suppose. I never thought of it that way.

That black people have appropriated it is all to the good, to my mind. They've done a great job with it, and that's what cultural sharing is all about.

Aggie - said...

Here's another neat old shanty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS5xR7jBxDw

I've always thought that singing in harmony was spontaneously cross cultural.

Grim said...

I don’t know about harmony, but the sea songs belong to the Sea Kings who sailed the world and tamed it. All came to do it — recall Queequeg — but it is not neutral. It belongs to the ship, to the need to pull together, and to the works that made sailing the world possible.

Tom said...

Actually, you might have heard this one before, as part of a medley by The Fisherman's Friends that I posted here some time ago.

They billed it as "A Drop of Nelson's Blood," though.

https://youtu.be/wmE87g9li5c

Worth listening to again.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Call-and-response may be worldwide. Harmony is mostly European.

Grim said...

Hm. I don’t remember, but these days that happens now and then.

Tom said...

Well, it was three years ago.