Magazine article Anglican Journal

Solitary Singer and Tradition

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Solitary Singer and Tradition

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THERE IS A black and white ketch hanging on the paneled all in Old Cat's organ loft. It shows the inside of a church, row upon row of pews, with a solitary man holding Common Praise and singing his heart out.

I admired the detail and asked Old Cal where he picked it up. He admitted, somewhat reluctantly, that he had done that sketch based on an experience a few months earlier.

He said he came home one evening after a day "on the town"--a trip to a nearby Tim Horton's where he spent two hours nurturing a coffee and an apple fritter while reading the paper.

As he entered a back entrance to the parish hall he heard the organ playing so he assumed that John, the music director, was going over his contribution For Sunday's service. Then he heard what appeared to be a man singing. The sound seemed to bounce off the stone walls in some sort of acoustical dance with the organ. He noticed the man in the pew, all by himself, fully engaged in his singing.

"That man is a symbol of all that is right and wrong with the Anglican church," Cal said as he walked over to the sketch to admire it, as if for the first time. I sat down in his guest chair, a well-worn La-z-Boy. His chair was more modest, with a firm wooden back and covered in an afghan. …

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