The Shaker religion is most commonly known for the celibacy of its devout followers, its simple and sturdy furniture and, perhaps most of all, its dwindling popularity. But a lesser-known Shaker fact is this: They absolutely loved to get down.
Music was an essential part of their religious experience; spiritual gifts could be manifested in musical revelations, and they even had their own form of musical notation to record it all. The Shakers composed thousands of songs, often consisting of syllables and words from imaginary tongues (doesn’t sound too far from the jazz scat, no?).