25th anniversary edition

Producing this documentary changed my life. For one thing, it made me a Sacred Harp singer. It won "Best Radio Program" from the Southern Educational Communications Association (SECA) in 1980 and was an Honorable Mention from CPB. Over the years I have been asked many times if I would make it available. In December 2003 the film adaptation of "Cold Mountain" and an extended report on All Things Considered caused me to go back to my original tapes. I received a note from the ATC reporter that the NPR crew had listened to my work in preparation for their story. In the spirit of sharing the richness of Sacred Harp, I have decided to convert segments of the documentary to mp3 files and publish them here. In the pages below, all the songs and interviews are listed in their original broadcast order. Broadband internet users can either listen to the selections or download the files. I plan to make CDs of the entire documentary available, using higher-quality AIFF files instead of the mp3s here, for a small fee. If you would like to find out more or make comments, send me an email by clicking here.
-- Cleve Callison, Wyoming, Ohio, November 21, 2004

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Mac Wootten on what it means to sing Sacred Harp