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A note from San Antonio, TX
I too am a life long singer, from a family that has been singing sacred harp since the mid 1800's. Sacred harp singing lets the leader take a printed tune and make it his/her own, you can lead it at any speed you like, no matter what others think of the tempo, it is the leader's choice. You can lead one verse or multiple verses, repeat as many times as you wish. Singers love to have new people come to sing or listen. My grandfather use to tell people: If you don't like this music, you had better get away from it because it will 'get ahold' of you and never let go.
That is as true now as it was when he told people in singing schools many years ago.
"Let's Sing On!"