Monday, August 17, 2009

2nd Annual Southeastern Liturgical Music Symposium

I just received a call from the organizers of the 2nd Annual Southeastern Liturgical Music Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, and it looks like registrations are high for this event.

Apparently people sign up for particular sessions, and my own sessions have 50 plus people coming. I'll speak on the topic of my book Sing Like a Catholic, and also I'll be talking about the role of plainchant in Catholic liturgy in general.

The idea here is the fostering of a universal musical language for Catholics as a way of making the liturgy more beautiful and giving to Catholics something of a musical identity to put a stop to the endless music wars bring peace through prayer. It should be an interesting experience.

Also, I'm bringing an extra box of The Parish Book of Chant that I have on hand, and I'll draw more attention to what I think are the wonderful virtues of this one-of-a-kind book.

Actually, as I think about it, maybe I'll just bring enough for everyone there and we can all sing together. Sometimes doing that is better listening to some guy go on and on. We'll see.