Last night, I was in jazz band (college class), and my instructor was making the point that we all needed to feel the rhythm and sub-division of the song as it was very syncopated. He then went on to say that we were culturally at a disadvantage because the Catholic Church viewed the human body as evil and rejected anything such as tapping your toes to jazz. Supposedly, jazz was viewed as “devil’s music”, and the Church did all she could to eradicate any music with a driving rhythm. He said, “We are not aiming for this Gregorian Chant, no rhythm, stuff. Basically, it was a sin to play more interesting rhythmic music. I want you to sin!”
I didn’t say anything because I was unsure how to defend the Church/what he was even talking about. Do you have any suggestions? I know the Catholic Church has always taught that the human body is good as it is created by God and we are in His image.
Thank you! God bless you!