Last week, two of us from our cantors group had a tremendous opportunity to talk about chant on Boston’s Catholic Television station. At the station’s request, we spent time talking about the the Gregorian chants associated with the Blessed Mother. Before the show began, the two hosts and the producer were incredibly gracious, putting us at ease with the sense that we were “just getting together for coffee with old friends.”
And, for six minutes, that is exactly what it was! Here we were, two cantors with two television hosts brought together by a mutual love for chant. When asked what types of chants they would find within these Marian chants, we answered that here were some of the most beloved, familiar chants — chants which many people would have known most of their lives — including all of us!