Something to Sing About

I really don’t sing well and as a result, I really don’t sing much. Actually, I don’t sing at all. I’ve heard it said that singing in Mass is like praying twice but I can’t bring myself to sing above a whisper in Church. I know that my Catholic brothers and sisters should welcome my sad attempts to carry a tune but I have a difficult time believing they will. It’s not so much that I think they aren’t charitable in spirit as that I am convinced no soul has ever had a voice as off-key as mine. So, singing is just not something I do.

That, of course, makes me view singing as a beautiful gift from heaven and turns my appreciation for a recipient of such a gift into true awe.

Susan Bailey — singer, songwriter, performer — is one of those gifted individuals whose talents I so admire. I came across Susan’s work quite by accident, if there is such a thing in God’s grand plan. I had been searching the web for a new rosary CD to replace one that I had worn out — yes, it literally wore out — and in the midst of that search I received a phone call from Susan who was, at the time, gathering information about publishing.

It turns out that Susan’s CD is a sung rosary and she has a beautiful book that accompanies it. A mutual friend recommended that Susan contact me regarding the book piece of her package. One thing led to another and while I shared some information with Susan I found out that she writes music reviews for an online magazine called Grapevine. As we talked I told Susan that Today’s Catholic Woman would welcome sharing any of her reviews with its readers. One of our goals at TCW is to provide Catholic women with the latest information regarding worthwhile books, movies, and music.

When Susan mentioned that Lisa Hendey — TCW’s own Geek Gal — had just interviewed her for a podcast segment, I knew I had struck gold! After all, anyone who follows Lisa’s painstaking music and book reviews knows that she is a great source of book and music recommendations. I then suggested Susan send me her book and CD so that I could share her work with our CE readers as well and I couldn’t be more delighted to do just that! After listening to Susan’s work, it did not surprise me to find out that Susan has appeared on EWTN “Backstage” as well as other Catholic programs.

Susan’s combination CD/Book packet is a “must-have” for every Catholic woman today. The rosary is sung in such a way that you feel yourself pulled into the melody; even lackluster singers, such as myself, will find themselves easily singing along. This has already become my favorite rosary CD. And if the beautiful music isn’t enough, the booklet that comes with it is a work of art. Beautiful pictures of stained glass windows and magnificent icons, along with meditative writings will surely bless each reader.

The rosary is a gift we have as Catholics and Susan Bailey’s CD/Book set is sure to please Catholic woman interested in making the rosary a more integral part of her own daily walk with Christ.

Susan’s website is www.sungrosary.com and be sure to check out Susan’s contribution to TCW, in which she introduces us to the amazing life of Renee Bondi.

Cheryl Dickow

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Cheryl Dickow is a Catholic wife, mother, author and speaker. Cheryl’s newest book is Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Womenwhich is co-authored with Teresa Tomeo and is published by Servant (a division of Franciscan Media); there is also a companion journal that accompanies the book and an audio version intended for women’s studies or for individual reflection. Cheryl’s titles also include the woman’s inspirational fiction book Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage. Elizabeth is available in paperback or Kindle format. Her company is Bezalel Books where her goal is to publish great Catholic books for families and classrooms that entertain while uplifting the Catholic faith and is located at www.BezalelBooks.com. To invite Cheryl to speak at your event, write her at Cheryl@BezalelBooks.com.

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  • Cooky642

    Cheryl, I’m glad to hear that Susan has made you a singer. Whatever your level of proficiency, remember the Word says to “make a joyful noise”….it doesn’t say anything about it having to be ‘on key’.

  • Claire

    I’m with you, Cheryl, I try to avoid subjecting anyone to my voice! My poor son has to hear it all the time, though (he actually likes it when I sing to him while I’m rocking him to sleep!).

  • Lisa Hendey

    Cheryl, for listeners who would like to listen to my podcast with Susan Bailey, they can tune in at http://new.catholicmom.com/2009/02/04/catholic-moments-88-susan-bailey/

    I second your recommendation for Susan’s Sung Rosary project – it has been a gift to my spiritual life since I”ve reviewed it and can’t recommend it highly enough.

  • momof11

    I am a singer, as are several of my children. We have sung in choirs at church (I did so for 35 years). My husband is happy to say that he can’t carry a tune in a bucket. I have never heard someone singing in the congregation that should be asked to stop….In fact I find it very encouraging to hear someone who “can’t carry a tune in a bucket” raising their voice to the Lord without any self-conciousness. But I don’t encourage those people to join the Choir….

  • Warren Jewell

    One of my favorite compliments is to tell a Catholic – “Wow! You sing like a Protestant!”

    The key to joining in at Mass is to sing next to a reasonably good but definitely loud singer. I am the latter. My late wife thought much like la Cheryl that the rest of us would all just as soon not hear from her. Next to me, she couldn’t sing loud enough to be much heard. And, bless her devout and happy heart, she would s-m-i-l-e that she felt that she could join in.

    I was noted for getting lined up – lector, usually – to enter for Mass and when the organ kicked in, so did I. I wasn’t graat but our associate pastor – a first-class tenor – just loved my enthusiasm. Enthusiasm – meaning being ‘in the Lord’ – is all any has to bring to a rousing anthem of Mother Church.

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