Sending the Mail

ghanast   This song is featured in a great book called, Worlds of Music, by Jeff Todd Tilton.  This track is a field recording of some guys at the University of Accra in Ghana.  They are canceling stamps in the Post Office, while whistling a hymn, Bompata, by Ghanaian composer W. J. Akyeampong (b. 1900).

Everything about this particular piece of music – the tune, the whistling, and the rhythm of the work – develops out of a moment in time.  Straight from the heart.  This piece reminds me that the primary purpose of the noble institution of the mail is communication.  Each letter also functions as a showcase for the art of stamps and the revealing nature of the inky scratches of handwriting.  The whole process involves transit through swamps, across deserts, over mountains, spanning oceans, from one side of town to the other, and, all the way, each letter is shepherded by people devoted to privacy, possibility, and true love.  These heroes laugh at the snow, the sleet, and the rest of the obstacles to delivery.   Talk about solid senders!

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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