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Music and salvation January 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Interior Life, sanctity, sickness, Society, Virtue.

This is a pretty good talk below.  I still struggle with this a bit.  I still have a certain appetite for music that is probably disordered. The kind of country music I listen to most (and that’s not real often) is kind of borderline, I think. I know one FSSP priest used to listen to it alot. The rock n’ rolla is pretty rare nowadays.

The point of the video below is that the music we listen to does affect us in ways that we often don’t recognize, and that some of those ways can be disordered to the life of virtue.  Music that sharpens you up for a bit of the ol’ ultra violence is probably something we need to avoid.  Of course, Alex de Large got twisted off on Beethoven, so your mileage may vary.

Seriously, though, this is a good topic. I do know that Gregorian Chant almost always relaxes me.  Classical can vary – I like it more than I used to, but some of it is still grating.  Some folks had really strong connections with certain kinds of music in their past (possibly sinful, or least less faithful) lives, and hearing that music can cause them to fall away pretty badly.  At least, I’ve had others describe such to me.  I guess the old skater songs are out.


1. DiscipleoftheDumbOx - January 24, 2014

I’ve a certain fondness for the glam metal and harder stuff of the 1980s and 1990s. Some of that, I am sad to note, I can no longer listen to due to the so-called ‘mature’ content. I look back and wonder how I ever managed to get to where I am now raised on the majority of what that stuff was saying.

Ugh. This living in virtue is hard stuff! Though, it is well worth it.

I do from time to time turn on the ol’ HairNation on Sirius/XM when I get in the sentimental mood though I do have to switch channels as soon as certain songs are played which are anything but spiritually edifying. I must be improving somewhat as those particular songs I now find absolutely distasteful when I used to find them enjoyable to listen to in my misguided youth.

Much like the country genre, not all of it is bad. Stryper comes immediately to mind, for instance. It takes a great deal of discernment, however.

Are there better options in terms of music? I am sure of it. Most times I listen to classical, for instance.

2. TG - January 24, 2014

Since I came back to the church, my music taste has changed. I want to hear music about God. I like some Gregorian chant but not all so it’s hard to figure out what to buy. I burned all all my classic rock CD’s since I read that many of the rock groups I liked like the Beatles had connections to the occult. I’m open to suggestions on what Gregorian chants or artists to buy. I’m not drawn to contemporary Christian music. I hear enough ugly hymns at Mass during ordinary time.

Lorra - January 24, 2014

TG, I think the Benedictine Monks in Clear Creak have some Gregorian Chant CDs for sale. And you can never go wrong with anything that the Solesme Benedictine Abbey does.

Just buy any one. It doesn’t matter. My personal favorite is the Easter Liturgy, but everyone is different.

God reward you for burning your rock CDs. That must have cost you quite a bit to do that. I used to own, in my younger days, hundreds of rock albums. They are long gone now. 🙂

3. Blaine - January 24, 2014

Amen brother. I’ve been contemplating this a ton lately. I’m thinking, maybe, rock/country/blues might go away for lent this year. As Disciple mentions, it’s very hard to discern sometimes. I’m a big outlaw/Texas/alt country fan (too much time in Corpus Christi) and I think some might be boarder line. In rock, The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and Jack White (and their ilk) are favorites. Is this bad? I do wonder…

Blaine - January 24, 2014

Borderline. ::sigh:: Maybe I should burn the tablet too (or at least proofread).

4. Elizabeth - January 25, 2014

I love Gregorian Chant. I also love George Strait and I, for one, don’t find his music bad for my soul! 🙂

5. maggycast - January 25, 2014

There is ALOT of awesome Christian music out there…go to ITunes and click on Christian…lots of great stuff out there…I like it better, much better than rock, country etc. I still like 80’s music (Huey Lewis etc) and classical…but Christian is now my FAV…lots of types too…pop, alternative, gospel, rap, even metal-ish/hard. Hillsong United is my ultimate fave:+) God bless~

6. Branch - January 25, 2014

I think I could listen to this guy all day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6boMbMXUIto#t=42

tantamergo - January 27, 2014

Wow, thank you! That is the guy from “That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill!”

7. LaGallina - January 26, 2014

Getting rid of my old music – throwing CDs into the trash – was a bit painful, but necessary. I listened to sort of weird stuff: Kate Bush, some “trip hop” and other stuff that seemed to have a creepy, “otherworldly” feel to it. But I didn’t want to see my kids getting curious about it, so I tossed it all.

Now I listen to mostly polyphony on Pandora. My favorite “station” is Allegri’s Miserere Mei Deus. My other fave “station” on Pandora is Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus. Now I’ve discovered the right kind of “otherworldly.”

When I really just need some pop music, I listen to French or Italian music because then at least my kids and I can’t understand all the immoral things they’re singing about;)

8. Ben Warren - January 27, 2014

Pop music used to intimidate me when I was a boy because I never knew who the artists were. Now I only really enjoy chant and occasionally some stuff from the 80s.

9. Chris Baker - January 28, 2014

I know that folks like to listen to Gregorian chant for relaxation or just to have on around the house or office or even in the concert hall, but that approach has always struck me as a bit unusual.

Gregorian chant isn’t background music or some kind of Catholic Muzak; it is prayer, sung prayer, and it usually has a very specific purpose, whether for Mass, the Divine Office, or the hymns for Adoration, for example.

It isn’t sonic wallpaper, but worship.

Not that I’m innocent of using GC as sonic wallpaper, as I have done so in the past. Mea culpa to the max. But lately I’ve been praying about how I use music, particularly religious music, in my daily life. Is it in the background or in the foreground?

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