San Francisco is well known for its bread, especially its sourdough, which gets its flavor from a special kind of bacteria in the air here. Combine that with some yeast, flour, and water, let it rise and bake it and you’ll get a uniquely San Franciscan loaf. But it’s not that easy, as the subject of our next story can attest to. He’s been trying to master the art of sourdough since he got his first baking job in the city just over a year ago.
Sacred Harp singing is considered to be one of the oldest forms of American folk music. It dates back to the 1700s, to a choral style that developed in the churches of colonial New England, but eventually took root in the South. It’s a participatory tradition, which means that singers perform for themselves, not for an audience. Today, Sacred Harp is experiencing something of a renaissance, some even characterize it as the punk rock of choral music.
If you know this theme song, then you’re familiar with “West Coast Live,” heard Saturday mornings on KALW. And you know that Mike Greensill, the program’s resident piano player, is at the keyboard. The Mike Greensill Trio will be performing, along with Wesla Whitfield, on Saturday, July 20th at the Piedmont Piano Company in Oakland. The music begins at 8:00pm.