- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Church Music Association of America; 1st edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607437228
- ISBN-13: 978-1607437222
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sing Like a Catholic Paperback – 2009
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All that said, the book itself was clearly not well edited. There are numerous grammatical mistakes, wrong words, and other editing errors that should have been corrected before it was sent to be published. Beyond this, several long passages in the book seem to be only a thinly veiled advertisement for the Parish Book of Chant. I took the opportunity to look over that book as well; it looks excellent, but before getting yourself a copy of Sing Like a Catholic, you need to be prepared that it is--at its core--essentially just a long justification and advertisement for the Parish Book of Chant.
And, of course, the biggest problem with a book like this is that the people who will buy it and read it are probably already in agreement with Mr. Tucker and his friends at Musica Sacra. The people who would stand to learn so much from a book like this will likely never pick it up, but here, I suppose we can all try to be as optimistic as Tucker.
Tucker writes with an engagingly optimistic style- he doesn't burden the reader with scholastic or philosophical minutiae, he doesn't berate persons or organizations that seem to stand in opposition to his contentions, and he articulates his concerns with both charity and clarity. The chapters are brief, sequentially keeping the reader on point and interested in moving forward.
Having read much of Tucker's writings in various forums and blogs (from which he's culled and amplified many chapters' contents) I found many new items of interest that I'd not known of before. So, for liturgy-geeks like myself, I will circulate my copy and others that I've purchased for my pastor and other musicians in my parish in the hopes that a new and much more cogent dialogue will emerge about why Catholics can sing, and should "Sing Like a Catholic."
I checked Amazon.com to read the reviews and find out if this is just a collection of essays, thrown together, because that's how it reads. One review calls it an 'argument,' but I'm not finding a logical case being built up here. For example, there's a chapter that calls itself a 'Letter to Praise and Worship Musicians.' And it's just that - suddenly the audience becomes quite specific, right down to age and taste in music. It's not the same audience as in the previous chapter, and I wonder why it wasn't revised so that it fit into the style of the rest of the book, which seems to be addressing a more general audience. Some chapters don't seem to have a close connection with the chapters that come before, or they seem to repeat. There's a chapter on what's wrong with 'Gathering Hymns,' and then a chapter that says we should do away with hymns altogether (so why wasn't this one, well-argued chapter about getting rid of hymns?).Read more ›