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For the last few years one of the newest fads in the music repertoire has been the recording of New Age chant The music has won a loyal musical following-it is true But I think the religious significance of the music has been lost with this New Age alteration and the highest and best use of the music remains largely neglected A couple of anecdotes will serve to illustrate my point As I was browsing through Borders on Friday I came upon one of the CDs from the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos offered as one of the featured recordings Ironically the title did not appear under choral or classical or even religious categories It was classified as New Age music In other words the catalogue editors were pandering to the Generation X and Hippie crowd In my opinion New Age music can best be described as a combination of sounds to set a mood Thus the ageless musical prayer of the church has been appropriated as music to play while taking a bath Some fifteen minutes later as I was browsing through a random music magazine New Age Voice September 2002 I found that someone had written a short article about using chant to establish a meditative atmosphere The female author described herself as a hermit-priest in New Mexico By allowing popular cultural use of chant to be diverted into anomalous paths the sacredness of chant is a risk In the first place it converts to easy listening a music intended for singing in common Chant is performance music in the sense that prayer can be performance It is only secondarily for listening or entertainment In fact chant is not entertaining in the popular sense at all The history of the marketplace proves that I cant remember seeing a CD with chant on it until the past few years
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