One might think that something called "plainchant" or "plainsong" would not furnish much to talk about; after all, its very name says it’s plain and it's chant.
Today, I will discuss what makes chant distinctive among musical forms, and then recommend my favorite chant recordings.
Our Lord condemned "virtue signaling" in his parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in the Temple.
I often hear that since most of what is produced in any age is garbage, the quality of the hymns in a compilation such as the Hymnal 1940 is partly an illusion, because the earlier bad stuff would have been tossed aside.
"Like a Paul Revere of the spirit, Daniel Mahoney sounds an alarm that should be heeded by all who are concerned about maintaining the indispensable cultural conditions for common life in a decent polity." - Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University