As a number of bloggers (who claim to be professional historians) take almost daily victory laps over the removal of Confederate icons from the South's landscape, many Southerners simply shake their heads and continue to live their lives, despite the cultural cleansing. The South is so much more than the four years that made up the War Between the States, though that is a very important part. (I'll address that some in Part 2.) But if you think that Confederate icons are the real issue, you're quite naive. But I digress.
Part of the South's great heritage is its music. A recently released album both celebrates the South's music traditions, and our way of life as well. To those readers who grew up in the small town, rural South, these songs will resonate. To those who didn't, it's an opportunity to learn.
Perhaps it was defeat and dislocation that solidified the need for deep roots, for tangible heroes and subtle pleasures. Time moved with the rhythm of nature, slow and plodding. Southerners had time to think, reflect, and pray under the hot sun and long growing seasons. They lived in the dirt. They communed with the dead and wept for the living. They were patient. They had a reflective acceptance of the present, knowing that for many tradition served as a reminder of better times. They knew that death was a journey with God. This pain made great music. It still does. ~ Dr. Brion McLanahanHere's a couple of my favorites from this new album, Southern Family: