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Archive for March, 2012

Music and Sea Chantys

Sea shanties (chantey) served a practical purpose at sea. Rhythms of the songs sychronized the movements of the sailors as they worked on repetitive tasks. These works songs were similar to those used by many people who had to do the same tasks over and over. Chinese coolies had work songs, as did African slaves when working in the fields of America’s southern states.