Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Chant and popular music

Practice began this week for Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We're using the graduale simplex this time. I was told some years ago by a monk of Ampleforth that they learnt much of their psalmody through popular song (they were taught to remember Mode VIII by using the song 'Roses Are Blooming in Picardy' if I remember rightly.)

What struck me this week was the fact that when I sing or play the opening notes of the Communion antiphon, Unus Militum:

I can't get the Camptown Races out of my head (clip not very PC):

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