We talked about responsorial musical practices, and their power, both in Jewish traditional learning and in religious worship (liturgy). Here are some examples from last week’s listening assignments:

Alef-bet (Yemenite)

Beit Shammai omerim (Ashkenazi)

We’ve also seen how the responsorial practice moves beyond traditional learning patterns into modern life.

The Occupy WallStreet general assemblies adopted this practice for seemingly practical reasons (the prohibition to use megaphones). However, the liturgical aspect of this practice is not lost:

On a different front, we find this practice “staged” (and exploited, and put to a test) by Cab Calloway, in his 1931 hit, Minnie the Moocher:

 

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