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A ‘low-brow’ who likes folk-style music Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Nov. 01, 2012 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Since you permitted Nico Fassino to use your pages of October 12 for a Guest Column titled: “Why I hate bad Church music,” I hope you will allow me to express my opinion, honed over 87 years.

Nico expresses HIS personal opinion that: “The value of proper liturgical music has nothing to do with . . . what your personal opinions are about music.”  Is he saying “his” is more important than others? Or, does his personal opinion ALSO have nothing to do with the value of liturgical music?

Nico supports two recent articles in the Herald by Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, arguing against the use of modern folk-style music. He writes that he wanted to title his column: “Mass Deserves Something Better than Low-Brow Tripe.” If he means folk-style music, I am a low-brow who likes that “tripe.”

Nico correctly, I believe, reports that: “. . . the Second Vatican Council exhorted all the faithful to active and fully conscious participation.” In the same October 12 issue is a letter from musician Andrew Lewandoski, who quotes 2 Samuel 6 for King David’s non-apologetic dancing with abandon before the Lord when the ark of the covenant was brought to Jerusalem.

Andrew ends his letter to the editor: “It is right to express ourselves with a free abandon in His presence with whatever talents we as a community possess.”

I agree.

Bill T. Wambach, Sun Prairie

 
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