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October 31, 2006 |
I am fortunate to live in NYC where I catch your show on Saturday evening AND on Sunday morning -- during Mass times on both days, I might add. I shuddered multiple times this weekend as you sang "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus" -- and not for the reason you might think. I enjoyed your vocalizing and I swung with the beat, singing along with you until your mispronunciation of the Latin phrase,"... in nomine Domini" (that you repeatedly mispronounced as "in nomini Domine". Now pronunciation of Latin vowels and dipthongs differs in secular and church traditions, but your pronunciation was not consistent with either, and the "prayer" you sang IS liturgical. Oh, well! You're an English major. I love you anyway, Bro!
Sister Mary L.
New York, NY
Thank you, Sister. Odd, but I could FEEL that mistake as I sang it. It just felt wrong. It must've been some residual Latin buried deep in my cortex, from my teachers Helen Hunt and Helen Fleischman and Margaret Forbes. I confess my mistake and I am truly sorry for it. Send me your address and I'll ship you a copy of the new translation of the "Aeneid" and a ticket to the New York show.