A Rant about Music

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Many of my students suffer from the delusion that any time before the present day was “boring.”

You didn’t have internet? or cell phones? What did you do?

I used something called imagination. It’s nearly extinct, but you can see traces of it here and there . . .

In my experience, they find music the most tedious. Why? I don’t really know. Perhaps it’s because enjoying older styles of music takes work. Gregorian chant, polyphony, opera, and classical music all require effort, something today’s One Direction-crazed teenyboppers or Selena Gomez-infatuated prepubescents just aren’t willing to do.

Music? Effort? It took a whole minute to download this song, and now you want me to think about it?! I don’t think so, old man . . .

But music from days gone by simply isn’t boring. I get that you don’t like it, but it certainly isn’t boring.

Case in point:


“Gaudete”

Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
of the Virgin Mary – rejoice!

The time of grace has come—
what we have wished for,
songs of joy
Let us give back faithfully.

God has become man,
With nature marveling,
The world has been renewed
By Christ reigning.

The closed gate of Ezekiel
Is passed through,
Whence the light is raised,
Salvation is found.

Therefore let our gathering
Now sing in brightness
Let it give praise to the Lord:
Greeting to our King.


Did you even hear that tune?!

How on God’s green Earth is this boring?!

It’s not. That’s the point.

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2 thoughts on “A Rant about Music

  1. Amazing! I love this post…probably because it strikes a chord with me (pun semi-intended). Music is something I just love down to my bone marrow so I can’t understand how people frequently limit themselves to just pop music or heavy metal or whatever. They miss out on so much beauty and geninue art in better quality music. Yes, I like my fair share of pop, rock and what not, but there’s so much more than that. I agree with the general sentiment that REAL music takes work – there’s the songwriting element, then the singing and arranging instrumentation, etc. Any good music is about putting all the elements together in a way that it well fits. So many pop musicians don’t work for it anymore – it’s about the industry just trying to make millions of dollars and it’s almost never original or quality…it’s just “machine generate” in a way. Many of the vocalists don’t actually sing at the concerts and it’s all recorded elsewhere so how do we even know if any of those people can actually sing? We don’t. So all this money for someone who probably doesn’t even have a real talent. It’s a shame. Then there’s the REAL music…songs like what you’ve put on this post or other examples of real musicianship. That’s music. Thanks for posting this! I totally agree. 🙂

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  2. Many have forgotten that music was the vehicle for learning in those bygone eras. The church used hymnody to communicate its theology. It was intended to be thought-provoking! Thanks for the reminder!

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