PipeChat Digest #2065 - Saturday, April 28, 2001
 
I speak for myself (no anger here) x post Re: A Very Simple Question
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
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  by "Carlo Pietroniro" <organist@total.net>
Re: I speak for myself (no anger here) x post Re: A Very Simple Question
  by <TRACKELECT@cs.com>
Re: I speak for myself (no anger here) x post Re: A Very Simple Question
  by <ORGANUT@aol.com>
Scott and Little Flower
  by <quilisma@socal.rr.com>
 

(back) Subject: I speak for myself (no anger here) x post Re: A Very Simple Question From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 11:35:39 EDT     --part1_a6.1347a2fd.281c3d4b_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en   I believe it is time for me to speak up, things have gotten to where = people=3D20 think I am a bad person because of my personal tastes in music and = liturgica=3D l=3D20 style. This is not good. There have been several responses, both = private=3D20 and public, to my posts over the past months and years, especially = recently=3D20 in the wake of my post regarding the status of the music department at = St.=3D20 Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. I share the following because what = I=3D20 am going through has gotten to a point of making myself question too = many=3D20 things about my music and my career.   People have called me arrogant, elitist, snobby, stuck up, angry, = vicious,=3D20 troubled, cruel, frightening and self serving. On the other hand I have = bee=3D n=3D20 called talented, inspiring, resourceful, energetic, elegant, tasteful, = and=3D20 above all musical. Lastly, I have also been accused of having no = relationshi=3D p=3D20 with God. All of this because I defend and back up my beliefs and = taste=3D20 regarding church music. I find it amusing when another musician, in = respons=3D e=3D20 to my inquiries regarding repertoire ideas, sends me answers such as = "have=3D20 you looked in 'Gather' and the seasonal missallette? There are = beautiful=3D20 arrangements of 'On Eagles' Wings' and 'Sing To the Mountains' that=3D20 spiritually uplift my congregation" or other such remarks. One = individual=3D20 chastised me in writing because I state my title and the name of my church = i=3D n=3D20 my signature at the end of my emails. Ok- this is not unique and I = am=3D20 certainly not the only one to do this. Another individual chastised = me=3D20 because the choir here sings an anthem at the offertory and a motet = at=3D20 communion. This is our option and one that Monsignor allows and expects. = To=3D =3D20 be honest I thank God that we have a choir here that can handle that = each=3D20 week. And then, the funniest part is when someone sends an "anonymous" = post=3D =3D20 so that no one will know who sent it. I have enough friends and = colleagues=3D20 out there that send me things back and forth that may be sent here or = there.=3D =3D20 That's all Ok with me, I suppose it really doesn't matter in the great = schem=3D e=3D20 of things.   First of all I feel that, just like anything else, musical taste is = personal=3D =3D20 and subjective. The style of music I play and train my choirs with has = been=3D =3D20 deeply entrenched in my by teachers and mentors throughout my 35 years = of=3D20 life thus far. I am so thankful for their training and leadership in my = own=3D =3D20 musician and spiritual development. When I lash out against something it = is=3D =3D20 usually because I work myself into bad health doing my job here at the = churc=3D h=3D20 and still get bombarded with emails and comments telling me how "off = track"=3D20 or "old school" or "out of touch" or "elitist" my music program is,=3D20 especially from some of the other local musicians. Well, I know I am a = bit=3D20 on the "high church" or even the "elitist" side of things in this day = and=3D20 age, especially compared with what worship WAS prior to Vatican II and = in=3D20 light of what other churches around the country are doing now. One = would=3D20 think that a church of this status would be an example to other = parishes,=3D20 especially since it was named a National Shrine three years ago. I = realize=3D20 this and take the responsibility therein very seriously. I told the=3D20 committee and the pastor in my interview, before I was hired, what my = musica=3D l=3D20 tastes were and in what direction I would lead the parish. Here I am, = just=3D20 completing my third year, I honestly feel that that says something.   I thank the many of you who have written to either the lists or me = privately=3D ..=3D20 Though I have been thinking lone and hard about this, I have come to = realiz=3D e=3D20 that it doesn't matter what we do in our parishes. If a clergyman hires = a=3D20 musician it is up to that ministry team to decide in which direction to take=3D =3D20 their parish family. I may not agree with or approve of what music = another=3D20 parish uses. That is fine, that's my problem personally and not the=3D20 thousands of musicians who come to these lists to share and communicate. = I=3D20 also realize that I do not need to grant permission or give my approval = for=3D20 people to do what they may think correct or spiritually uplifting to = their=3D20 congregations. I actually never thought that but it has apparently = been=3D20 perceived as such. I have no control over what others do- I do well to = keep=3D =3D20 my own programs up and running to be perfectly honest.   Personally, I will not do Glory and Praise/contemporary Christian music. = I=3D20 will not do "On Eagles' Wings" or "Be Not Afraid," "Mass of Creation" or = the=3D =3D20 like. If it is requested for a funeral I certainly will not begrudge = the=3D20 bereaving family the opportunity to sing those types of songs for their = love=3D d=3D20 one. However, first of all I cannot in good conscience spend my = church's=3D20 music budget funds on that style of repertoire when it will not be used = here=3D =3D20 by the congregation nor will I endorse such by putting commissions = and=3D20 residuals in the pockets of the composers who wrote them. If other = musician=3D s=3D20 wish to do so however, that is certainly fine and their choice to do so. = I=3D20 understand that not every parish will use chant psalms, renaissance=3D20 polyphony, baroque counterpoint, Victorian English repertoire etc etc etc. = =3D20 There are boatloads of music out there that will fit each and every = unique=3D20 parish situation.   Another recent "advent" of my own is that I do not have to prove anything = to=3D =3D20 anyone by forcing my choirs and cantors to sing large quantities of Latin. = =3D20 This year was certainly a turning point for me when I scheduled the = introits=3D =3D20 during Holy Week and the Triduum in English, as was the Easter = Sequence=3D20 (Victimae Paschali, or "Victimae Pasquale," as a friend of mine put it!) = =3D20=3D =3D20 =3D3Do) =3D20 But the point is- we know Latin and can do it when appropriate or = necessary.=3D =3D20 I am actually thankful for having found the Plainsong and the Anglican = Chant=3D =3D20 Psalters (The Church Pension Fund) and "By Flowing Waters" (The = Liturgical=3D20 Press). They are excellent resources for those parishes wishing to = really=3D20 delve into chant for responsorial psalms, offertory and communion = antiphons=3D20 and introits IN THE VERNACULAR.   Regarding my relationship with God (or lack thereof, as one list member = put=3D20 it), that is personal between the Father and I. End of that one. I will = sa=3D y=3D20 that my music plays a very large part of my personal prayer and worship. = =3D20 Anyone who attended the OHS convention in Boston last year and went to = Solem=3D n=3D20 Evensong at Church of the Advent (Anglo Catholic) now knows what my=3D20 liturgical styles and preferences are- that was truly one of the most = moving=3D =3D20 and beautiful spiritual experiences of my life!   Many of you don't know it but I seriously thought of going into the = seminary=3D ..=3D20 If I did I can tell you that it would be the Fraternal Order of St. Peter = o=3D r=3D20 Pius X or another such course of training. That is just my style and how = I=3D20 feel most comfortable. I still think VERY much about it, but feel that if = I=3D =3D20 did enter seminary right now it would be for the wrong reasons. I don't = hav=3D e=3D20 to prove anything to anyone. Yes I believe that the Tridentine rite = should=3D20 be restored, as well as Latin masses and other means of very = traditional=3D20 worship, especially in this Archdiocese. The Tridentine Mass has been = banne=3D d=3D20 for decades and there are but a handful of churches allowed saying = Latin=3D20 masses. However- on the other hand regarding my life and vocation- I do = fee=3D l=3D20 as though I am using my talents and abilities as God wishes for me to at = thi=3D s=3D20 stage in my life and career.   Another list member said, regarding me, "we have taken issue with him in = the=3D =3D20 past to no avail, we are weary of his posts." What an arrogant thing to say=3D =3D20 and it seems to be the reverse of what some accuse me of because this=3D20 individual makes the statement as if I am accountable to THEM. = However,=3D20 that's fine too. I don't always agree with everyone else on = everything=3D20 either. Let's be honest- we all have our opinions, we all feel we = are=3D20 correct at least sometime and that's the way of the world and human = nature.=3D20=3D =3D20   I guess some of us, myself specifically, are not bashful about stating = our=3D20 opinions, likes and dislikes. Regarding the other descriptives = hurled=3D20 towards me- I am not vicious hearted, nor am I troubled, angry or evil. I = a=3D m=3D20 not violent and I am not cruel. Those of you who know me personally = know=3D20 this. I actually like to just have peacefulness and laughter around me. = =3D20 Perhaps I am too willing to speak up when I disagree with something = and=3D20 perhaps a little more tolerance on my own part will be a good thing.   In closing, I thank those of you who have read thus far. I am content to = do=3D =3D20 "my thing" here in my own parish, after all- that's what I was hired for = and=3D =3D20 this is the church that pays my salary. I am extremely happy here, = our=3D20 pastor is the finest man I have ever had the privilege of working for = (and=3D20 with) and I look forward to many happy years here. Again, perhaps I = should=3D20 not be so forward with my criticisms of repertoire that does not suit my = own=3D =3D20 personal taste and will strive to work more on suppressing my = negativities.=3D20=3D =3D20 I don't believe I should try to impress others outwardly or "shove" what = I=3D20 may be doing down someone else's throat, if it is good or well done- it = will=3D =3D20 speak for itself whether it be my program or someone else's. I realized = thi=3D s=3D20 on Easter Day when the choir was singing the final triumphant chorus = "mighty=3D =3D20 victim from the sky, hell's fierce powers beneath Thee lie, Thou hast=3D20 conquered in the fight, Thou hast brought us life and light, Thou hast = opene=3D d=3D20 paradise and in Thee Thy saints shall rise. Alleluia, alleluia! Amen, = amen!=3D "=3D20 in Edward Cuthbert Bairstow's "Sing Ye To the Lord." I was standing in = fron=3D t=3D20 of the choir directing, the organ was roaring away behind the choir = (English=3D =3D20 cathedral style of course! hehe), the tympanis rolling and the brass = playin=3D g=3D20 their fanfares. At that moment the sun streamed in one of the = clerestory=3D20 windows and lit up the whole church. It was quite profound and moving = and=3D20 made me realize that I am doing what I love best.   I don't know why, but lately I have been realizing more acutely that God = gav=3D e=3D20 many of us different talents and abilities and different ways in which = to=3D20 reach our congregations. Some want a less formal, warm and = contemporary,=3D20 friendly feel to their church home while others seek ultra pious high = church=3D =3D20 (bells and smells). I guess there is a place for both. That doesn't = mean=3D20 that I have to DO both myself, but not everyone can worship, sing and play = i=3D n=3D20 the same identical manner to everyone else. Here I try with every ounce = of=3D20 energy and musicality I have in me to provide meaningful and = liturgically=3D20 correct music, at least in my own mind. I will continue to do so and = pray=3D20 that others will continue ministering to their own congregations to the = very=3D =3D20 best of their abilities as well.   Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!   SCOTT F. FOPPIANO, Principal Organist and Director of Music and Liturgy THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, Royal Oak, MI (Geo. Kilgen & Son, St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) =3DE2=3D80=3D9CCantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat dicens, fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.=3DE2=3D80=3D9D     --part1_a6.1347a2fd.281c3d4b_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D3D2>I believe it is = time for=3D20=3D me to speak up, things have gotten to where people=3D20 <BR>think I am a bad person because of my personal tastes in music and litur=3D gical=3D20 <BR>style. &nbsp;This is not good. &nbsp;There have been several = responses,=3D20=3D both private=3D20 <BR>and public, to my posts over the past months and years, especially = recen=3D tly=3D20 <BR>in the wake of my post regarding the status of the music department at = S=3D t.=3D20 <BR>Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. &nbsp;I share the following = becaus=3D e what I=3D20 <BR>am going through has gotten to a point of making myself question too = man=3D y=3D20 <BR>things about my music and my career. <BR> <BR>People have called me arrogant, elitist, snobby, stuck up, angry, = viciou=3D s,=3D20 <BR>troubled, cruel, frightening and self serving. &nbsp;On the other hand = I=3D have been=3D20 <BR>called talented, inspiring, resourceful, energetic, elegant, tasteful, = a=3D nd=3D20 <BR>above all musical. Lastly, I have also been accused of having no = relatio=3D nship=3D20 <BR>with God. &nbsp;All of this because I defend and back up my beliefs = and=3D20=3D taste=3D20 <BR>regarding church music. &nbsp;I find it amusing when another musician, = i=3D n response=3D20 <BR>to my inquiries regarding repertoire ideas, sends me answers such as = "ha=3D ve=3D20 <BR>you looked in 'Gather' and the seasonal missallette? &nbsp;There are = bea=3D utiful=3D20 <BR>arrangements of 'On Eagles' Wings' and 'Sing To the Mountains' = that=3D20 <BR>spiritually uplift my congregation" or other such remarks. One = individua=3D l=3D20 <BR>chastised me in writing because I state my title and the name of my = chur=3D ch in=3D20 <BR>my signature at the end of my emails. &nbsp;Ok- this is not unique and = I=3D am=3D20 <BR>certainly not the only one to do this. &nbsp;Another individual = chastise=3D d me=3D20 <BR>because the choir here sings an anthem at the offertory and a motet = at=3D20 <BR>communion. &nbsp;This is our option and one that Monsignor allows and = ex=3D pects. To=3D20 <BR>be honest I thank God that we have a choir here that can handle that = eac=3D h=3D20 <BR>week. &nbsp;And then, the funniest part is when someone sends an = "anonym=3D ous" post=3D20 <BR>so that no one will know who sent it. &nbsp;I have enough friends and = co=3D lleagues=3D20 <BR>out there that send me things back and forth that may be sent here or = th=3D ere. &nbsp; <BR>That's all Ok with me, I suppose it really doesn't matter in the great = s=3D cheme=3D20 <BR>of things. <BR> <BR>First of all I feel that, just like anything else, musical taste is = pers=3D onal=3D20 <BR>and subjective. &nbsp;The style of music I play and train my choirs = with=3D has been=3D20 <BR>deeply entrenched in my by teachers and mentors throughout my 35 years = o=3D f=3D20 <BR>life thus far. &nbsp;I am so thankful for their training and = leadership=3D20=3D in my own=3D20 <BR>musician and spiritual development. &nbsp;When I lash out against = someth=3D ing it is=3D20 <BR>usually because I work myself into bad health doing my job here at the = c=3D hurch=3D20 <BR>and still get bombarded with emails and comments telling me how "off = tra=3D ck"=3D20 <BR>or "old school" or "out of touch" or "elitist" my music program = is,=3D20 <BR>especially from some of the other local musicians. &nbsp;Well, I know = I=3D20=3D am a bit=3D20 <BR>on the "high church" or even the "elitist" side of things in this day = an=3D d=3D20 <BR>age, especially compared with what worship WAS prior to Vatican II and = i=3D n=3D20 <BR>light of what other churches around the country are doing now. = &nbsp;One=3D would=3D20 <BR>think that a church of this status would be an example to other = parishes=3D ,=3D20 <BR>especially since it was named a National Shrine three years ago. = &nbsp;I=3D realize=3D20 <BR>this and take the responsibility therein very seriously. &nbsp;I told = th=3D e=3D20 <BR>committee and the pastor in my interview, before I was hired, what my = mu=3D sical=3D20 <BR>tastes were and in what direction I would lead the parish. &nbsp;Here = I=3D20=3D am, just=3D20 <BR>completing my third year, I honestly feel that that says something. <BR> <BR>I thank the many of you who have written to either the lists or me = priva=3D tely.=3D20 <BR>&nbsp;Though I have been thinking lone and hard about this, I have come=3D20=3D to realize=3D20 <BR>that it doesn't matter what we do in our parishes. &nbsp;If a = clergyman=3D20=3D hires a=3D20 <BR>musician it is up to that ministry team to decide in which direction = to=3D20=3D take=3D20 <BR>their parish family. &nbsp;I may not agree with or approve of what = music=3D another=3D20 <BR>parish uses. &nbsp;That is fine, that's my problem personally and not = th=3D e=3D20 <BR>thousands of musicians who come to these lists to share and = communicate.=3D &nbsp;I=3D20 <BR>also realize that I do not need to grant permission or give my = approval=3D20=3D for=3D20 <BR>people to do what they may think correct or spiritually uplifting to = the=3D ir=3D20 <BR>congregations. &nbsp;I actually never thought that but it has = apparently=3D been=3D20 <BR>perceived as such. &nbsp;I have no control over what others do- I do = wel=3D l to keep=3D20 <BR>my own programs up and running to be perfectly honest. <BR> <BR>Personally, I will not do Glory and Praise/contemporary Christian = music.=3D I=3D20 <BR>will not do "On Eagles' Wings" or "Be Not Afraid," "Mass of Creation" = or=3D the=3D20 <BR>like. &nbsp;If it is requested for a funeral I certainly will not = begrud=3D ge the=3D20 <BR>bereaving family the opportunity to sing those types of songs for = their=3D20=3D loved=3D20 <BR>one. &nbsp;However, first of all I cannot in good conscience spend my = ch=3D urch's=3D20 <BR>music budget funds on that style of repertoire when it will not be = used=3D20=3D here=3D20 <BR>by the congregation nor will I endorse such by putting commissions = and=3D20 <BR>residuals in the pockets of the composers who wrote them. &nbsp;If = other=3D musicians=3D20 <BR>wish to do so however, that is certainly fine and their choice to do = so.=3D &nbsp;I=3D20 <BR>understand that not every parish will use chant psalms, = renaissance=3D20 <BR>polyphony, baroque counterpoint, Victorian English repertoire etc etc = et=3D c. &nbsp; <BR>There are boatloads of music out there that will fit each and every = uniq=3D ue=3D20 <BR>parish situation. <BR> <BR>Another recent "advent" of my own is that I do not have to prove = anythin=3D g to=3D20 <BR>anyone by forcing my choirs and cantors to sing large quantities of = Lati=3D n. &nbsp; <BR>This year was certainly a turning point for me when I scheduled the = intr=3D oits=3D20 <BR>during Holy Week and the Triduum in English, as was the Easter = Sequence=3D20 <BR>(Victimae Paschali, or "Victimae Pasquale," as a friend of mine put = it!)=3D &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR>=3D3Do) &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <BR>But the point is- we know Latin and can do it when appropriate or = necess=3D ary. &nbsp; <BR>I am actually thankful for having found the Plainsong and the Anglican = C=3D hant=3D20 <BR>Psalters (The Church Pension Fund) and "By Flowing Waters" (The = Liturgic=3D al=3D20 <BR>Press). &nbsp;They are excellent resources for those parishes wishing = to=3D really=3D20 <BR>delve into chant for responsorial psalms, offertory and communion = antiph=3D ons=3D20 <BR>and introits IN THE VERNACULAR. <BR> <BR>Regarding my relationship with God (or lack thereof, as one list = member=3D20=3D put=3D20 <BR>it), that is personal between the Father and I. &nbsp;End of that one. = &=3D nbsp;I will say=3D20 <BR>that my music plays a very large part of my personal prayer and = worship.=3D &nbsp; <BR>Anyone who attended the OHS convention in Boston last year and went to = S=3D olemn=3D20 <BR>Evensong at Church of the Advent (Anglo Catholic) now knows what = my=3D20 <BR>liturgical styles and preferences are- that was truly one of the most = mo=3D ving=3D20 <BR>and beautiful spiritual experiences of my life! <BR> <BR>Many of you don't know it but I seriously thought of going into the = semi=3D nary.=3D20 <BR>&nbsp;If I did I can tell you that it would be the Fraternal Order of = St=3D .. Peter or=3D20 <BR>Pius X or another such course of training. &nbsp;That is just my style = a=3D nd how I=3D20 <BR>feel most comfortable. &nbsp;I still think VERY much about it, but = feel=3D20=3D that if I=3D20 <BR>did enter seminary right now it would be for the wrong reasons. = &nbsp;I=3D20=3D don't have=3D20 <BR>to prove anything to anyone. &nbsp;Yes I believe that the Tridentine rit=3D e should=3D20 <BR>be restored, as well as Latin masses and other means of very = traditional=3D =3D20 <BR>worship, especially in this Archdiocese. &nbsp;The Tridentine Mass has = b=3D een banned=3D20 <BR>for decades and there are but a handful of churches allowed saying = Latin=3D =3D20 <BR>masses. &nbsp;However- on the other hand regarding my life and = vocation-=3D I do feel=3D20 <BR>as though I am using my talents and abilities as God wishes for me to = at=3D this=3D20 <BR>stage in my life and career. <BR> <BR>Another list member said, regarding me, "we have taken issue with him = in=3D the=3D20 <BR>past to no avail, we are weary of his posts." &nbsp;What an arrogant = thi=3D ng to say=3D20 <BR>and it seems to be the reverse of what some accuse me of because = this=3D20 <BR>individual makes the statement as if I am accountable to THEM. = &nbsp;How=3D ever,=3D20 <BR>that's fine too. &nbsp;I don't always agree with everyone else on = everyt=3D hing=3D20 <BR>either. &nbsp;Let's be honest- we all have our opinions, we all feel = we=3D20=3D are=3D20 <BR>correct at least sometime and that's the way of the world and human = natu=3D re. &nbsp; <BR> <BR>I guess some of us, myself specifically, are not bashful about stating = o=3D ur=3D20 <BR>opinions, likes and dislikes. &nbsp;Regarding the other descriptives = hur=3D led=3D20 <BR>towards me- I am not vicious hearted, nor am I troubled, angry or = evil.=3D20=3D &nbsp;I am=3D20 <BR>not violent and I am not cruel. &nbsp;Those of you who know me = personall=3D y know=3D20 <BR>this. &nbsp;I actually like to just have peacefulness and laughter = aroun=3D d me. &nbsp; <BR>Perhaps I am too willing to speak up when I disagree with something = and=3D20 <BR>perhaps a little more tolerance on my own part will be a good thing. <BR> <BR>In closing, I thank those of you who have read thus far. &nbsp;I am = cont=3D ent to do=3D20 <BR>"my thing" here in my own parish, after all- that's what I was hired = for=3D and=3D20 <BR>this is the church that pays my salary. &nbsp;I am extremely happy = here,=3D our=3D20 <BR>pastor is the finest man I have ever had the privilege of working for = (a=3D nd=3D20 <BR>with) and I look forward to many happy years here. &nbsp;Again, = perhaps=3D20=3D I should=3D20 <BR>not be so forward with my criticisms of repertoire that does not suit = my=3D own=3D20 <BR>personal taste and will strive to work more on suppressing my = negativiti=3D es. &nbsp; <BR>I don't believe I should try to impress others outwardly or "shove" = what=3D I=3D20 <BR>may be doing down someone else's throat, if it is good or well done- = it=3D20=3D will=3D20 <BR>speak for itself whether it be my program or someone else's. &nbsp;I = rea=3D lized this=3D20 <BR>on Easter Day when the choir was singing the final triumphant chorus = "mi=3D ghty=3D20 <BR>victim from the sky, hell's fierce powers beneath Thee lie, Thou = hast=3D20 <BR>conquered in the fight, Thou hast brought us life and light, Thou hast = o=3D pened=3D20 <BR>paradise and in Thee Thy saints shall rise. &nbsp;Alleluia, alleluia! = Am=3D en, amen!"=3D20 <BR>in Edward Cuthbert Bairstow's "Sing Ye To the Lord." &nbsp;I was = standin=3D g in front=3D20 <BR>of the choir directing, the organ was roaring away behind the choir = (Eng=3D lish=3D20 <BR>cathedral style of course! &nbsp;hehe), the tympanis rolling and the = bra=3D ss playing=3D20 <BR>their fanfares. &nbsp;At that moment the sun streamed in one of the = cler=3D estory=3D20 <BR>windows and lit up the whole church. &nbsp;It was quite profound and = mov=3D ing and=3D20 <BR>made me realize that I am doing what I love best. <BR> <BR>I don't know why, but lately I have been realizing more acutely that = God=3D gave=3D20 <BR>many of us different talents and abilities and different ways in which = t=3D o=3D20 <BR>reach our congregations. &nbsp;Some want a less formal, warm and = contemp=3D orary,=3D20 <BR>friendly feel to their church home while others seek ultra pious high = ch=3D urch=3D20 <BR>(bells and smells). &nbsp;I guess there is a place for both. = &nbsp;That=3D20=3D doesn't mean=3D20 <BR>that I have to DO both myself, but not everyone can worship, sing and = pl=3D ay in=3D20 <BR>the same identical manner to everyone else. &nbsp;Here I try with every=3D20=3D ounce of=3D20 <BR>energy and musicality I have in me to provide meaningful and = liturgicall=3D y=3D20 <BR>correct music, at least in my own mind. &nbsp;I will continue to do so = a=3D nd pray=3D20 <BR>that others will continue ministering to their own congregations to = the=3D20=3D very=3D20 <BR>best of their abilities as well. <BR> <BR>Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat! <BR> <BR><B>SCOTT F. FOPPIANO</B>, Principal Organist and Director of Music and = L=3D iturgy <BR>THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, Royal Oak, MI <BR>(Geo. Kilgen &amp; Son, St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) <BR><I>=3DE2=3D80=3D9CCantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat = dicens, <BR>fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.=3DE2=3D80=3D9D</I> <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_a6.1347a2fd.281c3d4b_boundary--  
(back) Subject: new mp3 added From: "Carlo Pietroniro" <organist@total.net> Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 11:37:45 -0400   I've added a new mp3 to Napster (Carlo_Pietroniro).   Fountain Reverie.....Percy Fletcher   Please forgive the background noise. There was a baby sitting right behind me, and she was whining *LOL*. I guess she didn't like the way I was = playing it!!!   Carlo    
(back) Subject: Re: I speak for myself (no anger here) x post Re: A Very Simple Question From: <TRACKELECT@cs.com> Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 12:16:51 EDT   In a message dated 4/28/01 11:40:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time, ScottFop@aol.com writes:   << People have called me arrogant, elitist, snobby, stuck up, angry, = vicious, troubled, cruel, frightening and self serving. >>   Congratulations Scott, you are now a member of a long and distinguished = list of musicians who have been called these things for committing the sin of striving for excellence. I enjoy your posts and hope you keep up the good work.   Cheers:   Alan B  
(back) Subject: Re: I speak for myself (no anger here) x post Re: A Very Simple Question From: <ORGANUT@aol.com> Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 12:37:38 EDT   Scott, I am in your camp on the issue you have stated so well in this post. While my musical taste is strictly traditional, I think we should all = respect each other's differences. We should not criticize and condemn someone because they do not fit our mold or preconceived ideas of how things ought = to be. You were not born into this world to meet the approval anyone except = God and yourself. Hang in there. You owe no one an apology for being yourself. My perception is that you make a very positive contribution to the art.   Later, Phil L.  
(back) Subject: Scott and Little Flower From: <quilisma@socal.rr.com> Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 10:12:40 -0700   Good heavens!   Scott's music program is probably the IDEAL mix for a large, visible, urban pilgrimage church like Little Flower. If he's got the building, the organ, the forces, the budget, and the chops to do it, more power to him!   It is neither necessary NOR desirable that EVERY RC church fit the cookie-cutter OCP missalette mold.   I read with great sadness other RC service-lists on this and other groups which don't include a SINGLE item from the patrimony of traditional RC church music. That's NOT what Vatican !! contemplated ... the Latin language, Gregorian Chant, classical polyphony, and the pipe organ are to be preserved and given pride of place. ALLOWANCES are to be made for differing cultural norms, but that remains the STANDARD, "all opinions to the contrary notwithstanding" (to use a phrase of the Sacred Congregation of Rites).   Go for it, Scott!   Cheers,   Bud