The lovely and talented Nora pointed me towards a wonderful segment from WYPR (Baltimore's public radio station) on Sacred Harp music, a form of shape-note singing. I'd been talking about going with Nora to try this when I came back to the States, much to Sam's shock- after a decade together, he has still never heard me sing. (That's another story.)
While I was home this fall we attended a wedding that really brought home to me how much I missed singing. I hate performance- many thanks to growing up with a critic, and then dating musicians- but the act itself is a joyful thing, and I wish I were doing that again somehow. Nora had talked about shape-note singing and the Sacred Harp group she sings with at our Knit and Hook Nights at Spinster, and after digging up oodles of it online I desperately want to give it a go.
It's not pretty music- it's brute joy in sound form, loud and strong, good harmonies. Clean. Far, far better than pretty. I've posted this link to provide an example for Sam more than anything; while I mused over the idea, his first question was, "What's shape- note music?" So give it a listen, love. Like I said: not your thing, but I'm really into this idea.