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.

One Reply to “Yes, you can sing”

  1. So true! It gives me hope, that my meager vocalizations can still praise Almighty God( but I would like to be able to sing a whole phrase of Asperges Me in one breath!).
    And speaking of spreading a love of chant everywhere, you may be interested in David Hughes student Schola- they will sing all the propers and ordinary for the English masses at WYD!

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