May 6, 2011

Today is Joseph Brackett Day

Joseph Brackett was a Shaker leader born on May 6, 1797 in Cumberland Maine. Many individual Shaker members wrote songs which are still sung today. One of the most popular Shaker songs (and I think most lovely) was written by Elder Joseph Brackett . It is called Simple Gifts. It has been classified as a hymn or a work song but it is better classified as a dance song. This song extols the blessings of living a simple life.

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