Father James’ birthday

Today is the birthday of Father James Whittaker (1751-1787), Mother Ann’s first successor as leader of the Shakers.  Father James is perhaps best known for a beautiful hymn titled “In Yonder Valley”  – I couldn’t find a recording on-line, but it is on this CD:


And here is another of his songs:


Every breath should be as a prayer.


2 Responses to “Father James’ birthday”

  1. The Liberal Rite Says:

    Here’s a particularly nice recording of the arrangement by Frank Ticheli: http://www.manhattanbeachmusic.com/audio/in_yonder_valley.mov

  2. John Says:

    Thanks – that’s a lovely arrangement! Mother Ann’s birthday (Feb 29) will be celebrated tomorrow (March 1), due to Father James’ birthday today.

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