Jeffrey and I on Liturgy

I had a good time this morning on Brian Craig’s internet radio interview. I don’t know what the turnaround time is on posting the audio file, but go over for a listen. I worry that I talked too much in the second half of the show. Jeffrey and Brian were good sports about it, if so.

I was glad to even make the show on time. We had a pet cat rushed to the vet this morning, our dog who dislikes rain decided to “mark her spot” in the Blue Room instead of the backyard. My cell phone was losing its charge. The listeners had problems hearing me. My daughter passed her sore throat on to me. The dog ate my h…

Well, enough of the excuses. You get the idea.

Jeffrey and I hit the Litany of the Holy Cross. We spoke a bit on the need for formation in music. I borrowed Liam’s idea of the USCCB commissioning composers for the new Mass ordinary. I tried to remain upbeat and positive about the state of Catholic liturgy. I would say I honestly feel optimistic, at least in the sense we have a good opportunity before us to take liturgical reform deeper and be more effective in the spiritual growth of Catholics.

I was also glad Brian and Jeffrey avoided the “censorship” issue of the other blog. I have to confess that in my personal contacts with people I’ve met online, there is a curious but happy well-met and positive attitude when I correspond privately, chat on the phone, or do this internet radio gig. I hope it’s more of a sense of being on best behavior. I wonder how much of the internet rancor is due to the impersonal nature of the medium of blogging, comboxing, and chat groups. Either that, or I’ve really calmed down and Jeffrey is an outstanding example of professionalism.

Actually, the latter fact I’m quite confident in stating. In our chats and by e-mail, he always presents himself as a gentleman, a scholar, and a man of honor. It was a pleasure sharing air-time with him. I hope to have the honor of doing it again.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Jeffrey and I on Liturgy

  1. Randolph Nichols says:

    It’s the impersonal nature of the medium. Problems can even arise with e-mail. Recently my family agreed to forego communication via e-mail whenever the topic was the medical care of my elderly and failing mother-in-law. Without the direct contact of the human voice, disagreement, misunderstanding and rancor were becoming common. You need to be able to gauge the nuance of vocal tone when broaching sensitive topics and the electronic print media simply won’t allow that.

    Though I had to leave before the show was half over, what I heard was enjoyable and informative. A little humor helped. Where did Brian dig up that sax rendition of ‘Gather Us In’?

  2. The version of “Gather Us In” comes from a self-titled album by a group called The Path.

  3. jeffrey says:

    I very much enjoyed our productive discussion, and I have lots of new thoughts because of it all — brazenly stolen from Todd! I very much regret the fate of my pre-show promotion. I don’t really know what I could have done about it, but, in any case, I did post on MusicaSacra.com about it.

  4. Todd says:

    Ah, Jeffrey, don’t be overly bothered by thoughts on pre-show promotion. Some people aren’t ready.

    Though I was a commentariat contributor to NLM from the very first week of its inception, (a fact which seemed to bother Shawn) I do think they feel burned by their misinterpretation of my modus operandi in those days: contribute once per thread, then get out of the way for others. A good internet friend recommended it as a way to avoid being obnoxious in dominating threads. But they seemed to take that the wrong way, plus my willingness to be confrontational, even with priests.

    I’ve certainly made mistakes in dealing with people on the internet, so I don’t shirk from my share of blame on this.

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