Skip to comments.The Journey Home - July 11, 2012 - Collin Raye, Former Southern Baptist & Country Music Performer
Posted on 06/11/2012 3:32:03 PM PDT by NYer
There is a certain sense in which music has the power to define various periods in one’s life. It will come as no surprise to readers that the last decade or so of my life has been shaped by a deliberate immersion into classical and sacred music. Just last night I gave a talk at my parish on proofs for the existence of God, and my favorite of all time come from Dr. Peter Kreeft: the “Argument from Beauty.” It is as concise as humanly possible: there is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and therefore there is a God. The extraordinary thing about this proof is ... you either get it or you don’t, but there is no more to say. Along with many others, this is precisely how I experience Bach, be it the Goldberg variations, the violin partitas, or the Brandenburg Concertos.
“When you hear the name Collin Raye, you think of smooth, flawless vocals and chances are you probably immediately flash back to the 90's when Collin ruled country music radio with songs like "Little Rock", "That's My Story", "I Think About You", "Little Red Rodeo" and his sentimental hit, "Love Me". He's had a total of 16 #1 hits, so you would assume he's found where he needs to be and is satisfied with his success. Sadly, it took the illness of his granddaughter, Haley, and her death at the early age of 10 years old in April 2010, to confirm for Collin exactly where his music belongs, where he's most comfortable and to bring him to the place his heart now resides, with the Lord and with Christian music. He has no plans to return to country music as a primary market and this project will musically explain why.”
“I solemnly believe with all of my being that God is the final arbiter of life and death. Only when he is ready, will we be brought home to live with him forever. Like the Schindlers, I have experienced a tragic loss. On the day before Easter in April, 2010, I lost my nine year old granddaughter, Haley, to an undiagnosed neurological disorder. I pleaded with God for healing, but it didn't seem that he was listening to me. On April 3, 2010, God took her home. Looking back, it was evident that God was always present in my life, even in those dark, troubled times. He gave me and my family nine wonderful years with an Earth angel. Haley blessed our lives immensely. Her death is only a temporary separation. Indeed, I will get to see her again.”
“I had the honor and privilege of being a keynote speaker for the National Pro-Life Youth Rally in Washington, DC yesterday. It is an honor to speak on behalf and defend those who have no voice. Although the weather didn't quite cooperate, we still had a turn out of approximately 400,000 people. To say it was a success, would be a huge understatement! God Bless!”
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Ave Maria (pick a setting - there must be thousands) is the only Catholic hymn mentioned.
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence is an Eastern Orthodox hymn from the Liturgy of St. James. The melody is a 17th c. French carol set by Ralph Vaughn Williams, an English agnostic/atheist (even though he composed tons of very fine Anglican church music). Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee was written by a Presbyterian minister for the first Presbyterian hymnal, to fit Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" ("An die Freude"), setting a poem of Schiller in praise of universal love and brotherhood. Schiller, to the extent he was anything, was a Lutheran and probably a Freemason. Amazing Grace" was written by an Anglican minister with Methodist tendencies; its theology is far from Catholic.
Doesn't Mr. Grodi have one researcher on staff with basic musical knowledge? This sort of sheer ignorance makes me despair, sometimes.
I'm a big fan of Ralph Vaughn Williams, who, though he may have not have been a devout Christian, sure wrote some beautiful religious pieces.
Collin Raye has one of the best voices among country music singers of the last 25 years ... and dear me, we are getting older, aren’t we?
But if you're writing an actual article for publication for a major Catholic TV network, you jolly well ought to check your references.
If you're too lazy or clueless to do that, just call it "music you might hear at a Catholic Mass" rather than "Catholic music".
Until we define our terms and get serious about music at Mass, we are never going to be able to raise Catholic music back to the level of your average Methodist church service . . . let alone the level of the Episcopalians (who are, whatever their theology, the gold standard of church music. Most of which they stole from our wastebaskets. We weren't using it.)
As my 87 year old dad says when anybody says, "Nice to see you" . . . "Nice to BE seen . . . and not VIEWED."
He was the editor of the English Hymnal and arranged a lot of hymns for it. My personal favorite of the hymns is "For all the saints" . . . written by an Anglican bishop back before they went nuts. Nothing wrong with the theology and the setting is first rate.
We sing a couple of his anthems: "O how amiable" (a Psalm setting) and "Super flumina Babylonis" (ditto).
Yes, it’s not as if getting younger were a possibility. However, once in a while - when you realize you remember George Strait when he was playing bar gigs - it hits you that those things happened a really long time ago.
ROTFL! I'm pretty much an Anglophile, when it comes to Church Music for hymn singing. For choirs, I love Early Music, but it's difficult to pull off with your typical Parish Choir.
“For All the Saints” is one of my favorite hymns.
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