I heard two things in this lovely story this morning. The first, and more important, was the beautiful singing, and the efforts, like the preservation of a language whose native speakers are dying off, to preserve it.
The second was this:
"Danny Amburgey, a retired state road inspector..."
"Don Pratt, retired assistant school superintendent..."
"Elwood Cornett, a 76-year-old retired school administrator..."
There was a lot of random noise, mostly generated by Sen. Ted Cruz (who should be examined as a random noise generator) about a recent poll that "oversampled" government employees. The response was to point out that roughly 20% of the U.S. population is a "government employee," if you include teachers, firemen, police, etc.
This story, regarding people living in the Kentucky Appalachians and thereabouts, found 3 former government employees without so much as breaking a sweat.
Funny how it's always government employees pointing out there aren't that many "real Americans" who are government employees, and that government isn't that important to American life.
Funny what you notice when you've been prompted to pay attention.