Send Music, Not Beat

CNS picks up the story of two British church musicians sending the pope an iPod nano of their new album, including a traditional Irish tune reworked with a calypso/disco beat.

American Catholicism’s much-loved “Be Not Afraid” also gets a treatment, though not with a dance rhythm.

Joanne Boyce tells it:

There is much talk in church circles at the moment about the inappropriateness of contemporary instruments like drums and guitars in favor of the more traditional sounds of organ and choir.

However, our experience over the last 11 years suggests it need not be an either/or situation, but rather both/and — what really matters is the standard of musicianship and the ageless truth it seeks to express.

She’s not keeping up on the reform2 crowd, though. They would pretty much turn their noses up at the organ, too. But it would be interesting to see what Schubert or Beethoven would make of it.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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