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.”