Pneuma 30 (2008) 5-32 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157007408X287759 www.brill.nl/pneu “Gotta Moan Sometime”: A Sonic Exploration of Earwitnesses to Early Pentecostal Sound in North America David Douglas Daniels, III McCormick Th eological Seminary, 5460 S. University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, USA email@example.com Abstract Sound as a historical frame provides a new historiographic turn for Pentecostal studies and a complement to spatial and temporal studies of the Pentecostal past. This article explores how sound serves as a primary marker of early Pentecostal identity, as sound blended the sound of prayer, preaching, testifying, singing, music-making, and silence. Embedded in early Pentecostal sound are primal cries, speech, music, and ambient sound which, for early Pentecostals, func- tioned as a circular continuum that Pentecostal soundways traveled. Encompassing more than orality, early Pentecostal sound generated a way of knowing that challenged the orality-literacy binary, the hierarchy of senses that privileged sight, and the hierarchy of the races. Keywords Pentecostalism, soundscape, earwitness, soundways, worship, ambient sounds, acoustemology Prelude The opening phrase of the title of this presidential address comes from the lyrics of an African American chorus that exclaims: Trouble in My Way (Trouble in My Way) You gotta cry sometime
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Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: WORSHIP; SOUNDWAYS; SOUNDSCAPE; PENTECOSTALISM; AMBIENT SOUNDS; ACOUSTEMOLOGY; EARWITNESS
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