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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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History, Padre Pio, Pius X, And More
published 30 May 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

EADING HISTORY is one of my favorite things to do. In particular, I love to take a particular YEAR and think about all the different things “in process” at that time. For instance, take the year 1905. It is interesting to learn what various people — let’s say, Pius X, Adrian Fortescue, Padre Pio, Josef Hofmann, Joseph Pothier, and Pius XII — were doing in 1905. It is interesting to contemplate what each one of those people was going through during 1905. The more one pays attention to dates, the greater “depth” of knowledge one has. I’ve read so many articles that only focus on one aspect of history without realizing life just isn’t that simple.

Speaking of Padre Pio, did you know he was drafted into the First World War? Did you know his father had to come to America to earn money for his education so he could be accepted to monastic life? Did you know both his parents were illiterate? Did you know he lived with them for a while even after becoming a priest (and, unless I’m wrong, a Seminary professor) due to his poor health?

I could go on and on. The life of Padre Pio is fascinating. I hope you’ll check it out, so we can enjoy it together!