Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

A New Year  Reminder!
 
This is a great time of year to remember why we chant, and the place of chant in our lives. I recently heard from several people about how they first fell in love with Gregorian Chant. What a joy it was to hear that their first experiences ranged from childhood to adulthood and from church to school, to simple discussions between two people. I believe these experiences are the living examples that underlie the statement which Mary Berry always gave in her chant conferences: “Gregorian Chant is for everyone.”
 
If you open just about any hymnal to the Advent/Christmas section, you will discover why I believe this time of year to be a good reminder that chant belongs to all of us. Just look at the number of our “traditional” Advent or Christmas hymns which are either chant or derived from a chant — amazing!! It’s always fun to ask someone if they know any chant and have them respond “No, I don’t.” Then, ask them if they can sing “O come, O Come Emmanuel,” and watch them light up because they had never “connected the dots.”
 
In this new year, let’s help everyone make that “connection.”
 
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About Cantor

I have been a cantor for over 25 years and an organist for most of my life. Chanting with people at home and across the country is one of my greatest joys. I remember the days of staring at the section of our undergraduate music text thinking to myself "what are all those dots and WHY do I need to know about them?!" Now, 33 years later, I am so grateful that those "dots" have helped teach me many things about God and His love!

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