Fr. David reflects on the continuing revelation of God.
Recording technology has changed music in a variety of ways. One of the most intriguing innovations that has emerged from recorded music is the “fade out.” We have all heard this technique used: the singer repeats the chorus for the final time and instead of stopping at a clear endpoint, the song gradually fades into silence. This would not have been possible before the advent of recording technology. The fade out saves the songwriter the trouble of having to come up with an ending and makes it much easier for songs to be strung together on the radio. Some of the great popular musicians of the recorded music era have employed this technique; I’m always surprised when I listen to a Beatles album that includes a song with a distinct ending. By precluding musical conclusions, the fade out permits songs to remain unfinished and theoretically to go on forever.
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