Well, @RebelYell has now had six posts in as many weeks, and it seemed fitting to return to a Beatles title because that's where this blog began when it asked if it was possible for a #1 record to be a Rebel Yell (to which the answer was yes, if that record's explicit embrace of the sacred causes perennial popular discomfort despite its popularity).
All Together Now is also fitting in that it is a sing along, and that's where this blog has driven us, through:
- A return to the primitive of (Jewish, Christian and Islamic, aka Abrahamic) Punk
- An answer in Arvo Pärt to the question of whether what is "classical" can constitute a Rebel Yell
- Two addenda to that answer demonstrating that what makes some of what is "classical" classic is its resonance across contexts with what may be more properly called ritual
- And an identification of a shared ethos across dissimilar rituals and even the world beliefs from which they stem, perhaps pointing to a deeper sense of what may be truly sacred, and therefore countercultural to -- and consequently a Rebel Yell in -- the world we live
Primitive, classic, ritual, sacred, world.
Through these elements we have come to the realization that these musics' shared ethos has brought us to the cusp of where we are with today's post: folk, in the sense that to be at all effective a Rebel Yell must in the end prove communal--a music of and by and for the people.
All Together Now!
That both liturgical music and any Rebel Yell must prove communal was hinted at in our co-examination of the Eastern Orthodox choir and the Indonesian percussion ensemble, the gamelan.
However, those musics still preserved a separation, even if just a distance of space, between the performer and the listener.
Consequently this post goes one step further -- with its words mercifully fewer -- in order to present three different music streams that invite long listen: ensembles primarily percussive (Dagbon drumming from northern Ghana), primarily vocal (the open door community of Taizé in France) and something in between (the Gnawa of Morocco), each of which incorporate repetition to facilitate participation, even to the point of inviting trance/meditation/contemplative prayer among everyone in earshot.
Interesting to note in light of our conversation above is the Latin title of the Taizé recording whose link I included (Taizé often uses small vocabulary phrases from that dead language to create a shared liturgical tongue among its visitors from many regions): Laudate Omnes Gentes can be translated as "Praise all Nations."
I don't know if that is a command to each of us as individuals (as in "to praise all nations") or in the collective (as in "for all nations to praise (God)").
Each is equally apropos, and perhaps will be this blog's next tier of exploration, but in the meantime I recommend long and repeated listening to each of the streams above, and long and repeated imagining what we would hear if they came together into a single sound.
A new liturgy?
A Rebel Yell?
After all, if each is genuine, aren't liturgy and a Rebel Yell one and the same?
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