Well, folks, it has been a grand day here at NPM.
We had our WLP music showcase this afternoon. Usually at these showcases, we spend the majority of the time sharing our new choral music. Today, we did do that, but also wove in about twenty minutes of time focusing on our new musical settings of the Mass. It was fascinating to watch those assembled. When we sing choral music, there is a palpable sense of excitement in the room. Today, that excitement was there. Why? The answer is simple. WLP provides the very best choral music for the Church today. Period.
But things changed when we moved to the examination of the musical settings of the new translation. The room suddenly became more deliberative. It resembled a think tank or a laboratory. People were getting used to new texts set to either new tunes or revised tunes. I found it fascinating to watch the care and deliberation the musicians employed as they began to sing these new texts.
It's been a very good week. I know that many of you have drifted away from NPM conventions, for a number of reasons. Might I suggest that you consider—now—next year's convention in Louisville, Kentucky, one of my favorite American cities? Just hearing Kentuckians gather and sing "My Old Kentucky Home" is well worth the admission! This is a piece of Americana that everyone in the US should experience at least once (not to mention a great music convention!).
Well, folks, it's been a very, very long day. And the exhibit hall is open from 10:00 to midnight tonight. God bless our staff, as well as all the NPMers, and our great group of folks back in Chicago who make all of this possible.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.