Words have meanings, and inflection gives nuance to the meanings of the words. For example, if I say “I am fine”, I might be implying that you are not. But if I say “I am fine”, I might be warning you to back off and not ask me that damned question again!
Music, however, gives words a dimension far beyond inflection. Sung words… in my opinion… convey a spiritual dimension that transcends the confines of a word’s own meanings. I have always loved singing and have a decent voice. In the monastery I was assigned each year the role of singing a complicated canon with one of the nuns; one that took us around twenty minutes to complete! And even today here in Rincon, Georgia, the singing continues!
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