Krista Tippett’s conversation with Alice Parker will make you want to sing along, even if you don’t know the words. This is one of the most memorable conversations I’ve heard in a long time.
At ninety years old, Alice Parker is speaking from a deep well of understanding, a lifetime of singing and thinking about why singing is such a transcendental, unifying, moving form of communication.
She believes that any group can sing together. It doesn’t matter, much, whether anybody has training.
Her arrangements of folk songs, hymns, and traditional songs are performed across the globe. Here’s a collection of performances of music arranged by Alice Parker. You might as well hit Play All and let all these groups, polished or not, float into your home on this quiet day.