Music is the great divider. As Pierre Bourdieu puts it ‘nothing more infallibly classifies, than tastes in music.’ 1 What might be true for social class is most definitely the case in the Church. As countless youth groups have discovered playing what is for them the ‘right kind’ of music in Church can lead to all kinds of bother. Music gets under people’s skin in both good and bad ways. One of the reasons for this is that it is affective. It reaches into us and draws us out into a response that is not simply rational but also emotional. Music is the theme track of our lives. It evokes memory and generates attachments. Music is not just something that sets the mood it connects to who we are and who we might hope to be and be with Above all music is participatory. As Christopher Small expresses it music is not simply a noun it is a verb. Music is something that is made and shared together. Performance is participatory for all of those involved not simply the artists and musicians. To share in music is to take part in what he calls ‘musicking’. Musicking, says Small
Ecclesial Practices – Brill
Published: Oct 10, 2014
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