Simple Gifts On Galveston Island
(Blogger’s Note–This is a post from just over two years ago. This post took about 15 efforts to get right on a day that was hot as hell. So I’m certain it merits a second posting. )
Above is a video of me speaking the words of the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts while standing on the eastern end of Galveston Island.
The video runs just over 90 seconds.
Behind me as I speak is a ship in Galveston Bay that is sailing out towards the Gulf of Mexico.
Simple Gifts is one of my favorite songs.
The song was written by Joseph Brackett. Here are some basic facts about Joseph Brackett.
From that history—
One of the numerous religious sects who emigrated to American shores in search of religious freedom, the Shakers followed Mother Ann Lee to the United States in 1774. Here they established several colonies– the first in 1776 at Nikayuna near Albany, NY–whose governing principles included celibacy and agrarian communal living.
The part of Simple Gifts I like best is where it says that to bow and to bend we should not be ashamed. I would like to live my life by that principle.
But so far I have lacked the discipline to do so.
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