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More Love is a call from the Shakers, a religious sect prominent in the Eastern United States in the 18th and 19th centuries. This song originated in the Canterbury, New Hampshire community around 1870. Shaker music is often lively, suitable for singing and dancing. This new interpretation enjoys the spirit of the original, presenting the song in unison, harmonized and in imitation (canon). Two other Shaker songs, “Brilliant Gem” and “Love by the Handful,” are combined with “More Love” to make a medley. The joy and colorful lyrics of the Shaker songs can be summarized in the lines “Here's love by the handful, here's love by the ball, here's love for the elders and love for you all.” And finally, triumphantly, “O Zion, more love!”
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