I read the previous ‘Mary, did u know?’ thread and was really interested in the discussions about the song being used in mass. I want to have this in my song list for parish events so I was curious. I heard Hayley Westenra’s version of it and absolutely loved it.
The theological side is okay with me now cause I found a good catholic explanation in this page below and the explanation is consistent with the responses of some of the posters as well.
despite that, I think it’s better if the song is not sung in mass. I don’t think it was composed for liturgical use so it won’t really suit the eucharist. Its safer to keep it out of masses because the appeal it tends to generate aren’t exactly positive.
However…maybe it can be performed in other settings like christmas parish events and such if performed differently??
If you’re a catholic and it’s your first time listening to the song, it sounds disrespectful to Mary. Initially, that’s how it was with me. However, thinking more deepy, I think depends on how the singer interprets the song and how the audience sees the singer’s interpretation.
As a catholic singer, I can approach the song in a different way. I can sing this song as a daughter who is genuinely curious about what Holy mother knew, asking her in reverence and admiration. It’s like being in dialogue with Mama Mary as a little girl and sincerely asking her what she knew at the time and what her thoughts were. Its similar to a situation when adults tell children stories from their own experience and when children are really into the stories and get excited, they ask bunch of questions and stuff.
From my own experience and observing other singers, how the singer interprets the song and how the audience sees the interpretation creates the song’s meaning. Its like speaking, you can say the same words but you can say it in different ways e.g being sarcastic.
I don’t know if other singers approach the song like I do (as explained above).
If I sing it, my phrasing and syllable stresses would be different to how it’s normally sung probably (not to the point that it’s unrecognizable).
I haven’t performed the song using my interpretation (above ^) yet so I don’t know if I can pull it off positively.
What do you guys think?