Saturday, July 16, 2011

Yes, you can sing

Paul Simon did an amazing thing at a recent concert. He invited a fan up to play his guitar and sing. The video is really inspiring as is the liberality of Simon who sees that the music isn't really about the performer. It is about the spirit that everyone shares. I think there are lessons in this for those of us who love Gregorian chant and want to see it spread through the whole Church in every single parish. The music isn't really about the schola but about the spirit that we all share, and we share it not only in that physical space but throughout time and into eternity. The people can sing if they come to see that the ordinary and dialogues of the Mass truly are their sung prayer. They are reluctant at first but once the spirit catches on, they feel a sense of having done something important and meaningful.