Our friend, Thomas Ward, gives a lively and intense presentation on Isaac Watts in the English Dissenting tradition in the early 18th century. Incorporating songs sung by the class at the NSV Double All Day 2018 social, Thomas discusses what he calls Watts’ “ingenious unoriginality”, a complicated negotiation with the conventions and traditions from previous generations.

He reaches a surprising and refreshing conclusion by examining how Watts’ interactions with past traditions might come to bear on our relationship to Watts as part of our own shape note tradition in the 21st century.

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