Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Music and Conversation

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Music and Conversation

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Everyone knows the power of music, good music well performed, to bridge divisions and bring smiles and goodwill in unlikely places. That's apparently what happens when the University of Notre Dame's Folk Choir takes to the road. From prisons to sanctuaries, good things happen, listeners as well as performers are transformed, and we all get a glimpse of broader horizons and greater possibilities.

With gratitude to the choir for allowing us to come along and for the openness of its members, we bring you a behind-the-scenes look at this talented group during a recent pilgrimage of sorts through the Northwest to Alaska. Renee LaReau's portrait of the group, of which she was once a member, shows the musicians as this generation's version of Joyce's "here comes everybody." They are bright and witty, devout, a bit saucy, dedicated, serious, funny, ambitious and gifted, certain and questioning. It is clear that the faith has been handed on and, in this case, with some good music to go along.

As a bonus, you'll find versions of three songs they sing available for listening at NCRon line.org. Enjoy.

If you go to the Web site to take in the music and haven't yet tried out the NCRcafe site, click on one of the buttons that will take you there. It's still under construction, but open for your perusal and use. While we're still testing things, we're confident it can handle a large volume of traffic because thousands of you and others have already showed up (and returned). More than 600 have registered, which allows one to join in the conversation and to comment on previous postings. …

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