Music, Balm of the Soul 1 Deck-60pt-4600
Byline: Carol Herman, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Not so very long ago my husband and I attended the wedding of a young Salvadoran couple who were married at a Catholic church in Washington. The entire service was conducted in Spanish, but to our surprise, one of the hymns chanted was more familiar to us than it should have been.
What were we to make of that beautiful, mournful tune - one we knew as the "Hasheveynu," a prayer derived from the end of Lamentations that is a staple of Jewish religious services? How could two different prayers of two different religions (and languages, and cultures) find expression in the same musical intervals and dramatic crescendos?
It is one of the sublime pleasures of reading David Stowe's "How Sweet the Sound: Music in the Spiritual Lives of Americans" that answers to such questions can be found in the book's joyous examination of religious history, American history and popular culture. Falling within the academic universe of …
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Publication information: Article title: Music, Balm of the Soul 1 Deck-60pt-4600. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: April 4, 2004. Page number: B06. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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