Exploration of the extensive Dust-to-Digital catalog continues to reveal compilations that strongly resonate. We have previously written about the moving collections: I Listen to the Wind, Never a Pal Like Mother, Keeping a Record Of It, and Goodbye, Babylon.
Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 is a powerful collection that explores immersion baptism, an important component of many Southern religious traditions and religious culture worldwide.
The South is a region with strong religious and spiritual histories that seep into our culture, our behaviors, even our politics. For many, the act of baptism is an important moment in the journey toward physical and spiritual adulthood.
Take Me to the Water is the first book of collector and scholar Jim Linderman. The 96-page hardcover book includes 75 sepia photograph reproductions and a CD of rare gospel and folk recordings from artists like the Carter Family, the Tennessee Mountaineers, and other lesser-known artists. The collection also includes rare recordings of sermons and preaching that demonstrate the passion and the dedication that surrounds the act of immersion baptism.
Whether you ascribe to a specific faith or not, whether you have experienced baptism or not, the photos and music collected here will communicate the power behind what is, for many, an emotional journey.