|"Guyana's musical palette is brilliant. It ranges across the spectrum.
In addition to the essential folk and the powerful popular, the Guyanese
musical heritage includes many other genres including the sacred and the
classical. Have you heard Brother Pascal Jordan's CD of Liturgical music to
celebrate the 90th Anniversary Mount St. Benedict [Trinidad & Tobago]?"
January 21, 2003
Vibert C. Cambridge,
Ph. D, Chair,
African American Studies Ohio University
God of Music - Vespers and Songs of the Monks of Mount St. Benedict
of Music is more than an expression of gratitude to God for the ninety years
of the existence of the Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Trinidad & Tobago.
The CD is also a remarkable manifestation of the talent that is so bountiful
in the twin island nation, and the West Indies including Guyana. It is
extraordinary, and laudable that a recording of this type and quality is
produced. Beyond the relative few, we all now know that there is more than
calypso and steel pan in that land.
"The groups that assisted the monks in the production of this CD did so
spontaneously and generously. It captures the mood in which so many people
over the ninety years have similarly shared themselves and their resources
with the community". So true. One hears it and feels it in the joyful
presentations. One does not have to be religious to get the feeling of the
melodious singing of varied voices and groups.
The monks are at the beginning and their renditions are as to be
expected: staid, Gregorian chant-like conveying a tone and atmosphere of
tranquil surroundings. The popular and accomplished chorale, Lydian Singers,
perform the last four selections, tracks 14 through 17. Their short recital
synchronizes with the Monks' Vespers and gives the recording a well-rounded
feel. Money well spent, you say, if you listen to the beginning and the end.
But you would deprive yourself of much.
In the middle, are a number of performances that confirm the abundance of
quality and variety of the talent. Track 4 - Les Petits Enfants presents the
children's voices. Track 7 - In God's House is the Caribbean folk style.
Track 10 - As The Potter's Clay is similar in character. On tracks 12 and 13
- We're Family and As Bread That Was Broken, respectively, there is the
contemporary Christian intonation.
The God of Music showered blessings all around so that the music is
presented in a manner befitting a deity.
"God of Music" CD
Note: Playing in the
background is Ray Seales "Lovely Guyana" from his CD "Cool Dive". If you
enjoyed this sample -
"Cool Dive" CD