Seven days ago, I had never even heard of Gregorian.
I love how life works at times. Last Tuesday, work was very stressful and the noise level was high. It was the type of atmosphere that can give an instant, pounding headache. So, I grabbed my cell and went searching for some musical tranquility to soothe the savage beast of my surrounding environment.
Now, I'm an old rock and roller. But lately, have gotten into new age and nature music -- probably because of the stress in my life! I went searching for some Gregorian chant to plug into. What pops up on youtube? Something called Gregorian - Masters of Chant, Volume 3. Okay, I thought. I'm game. Give this a shot.
So, first track. Out sweeps this hauntingly beautiful melody with lyrics that just caught me. "Join Me." Wow, what juxtaposition of sound and meaning.
On the second track, I heard the first few bars and I'm thinking, hm, do I know this song? Then -- "Lost, on a painted sky..." And I am totally swept away. Here's a song I had totally forgotten. Yet, in my youth, during my spiritual seeking days, "Be" had huge significance for me. And, for some reason, I had totally forgotten it. Maybe blocked the memory off. For whatever reason, the song was lost. But the brothers Gregorian brought it back to me in all it's beauty, sweep and meaning. Think I've replayed "Be" 50 times in the past week. What a gift.
I've been through all the albums I found online and watched the videos. Absolutely LOVE the concerts. Love the element of performance art and how they stay in character as those monks. Dang, how can I get to Europe? LOL Soon as my budget allows, I'm buying a bunch.
There's how I got Gregorianized.