If, (speaking theoretically of course,) I, for some strange reason had weeks and weeks in a row without having to be at a church job, what would I do?
Where would I go?
For the past 3 years, what have I done on my rare weekends off from my church jobs?
I've been to London for one of those weekends, D.C. for another weekend, (and I think one more. I just can't remember where...) and then I had one weekend off between jobs a year and a half ago.
Everyone besides music directors and priests just take it for granted that they can go to church wherever they want...
Of course everywhere I have been I have analyzed and critiqued the music at Sunday Mass.
So...IF I had the option, I'd first go to Assumption Grotto, then to St. Josaphat (in Detroit,) I think I'd go hear G play (although I'm not sure where he is now, nor if he still reads this. He hasn't commented in a while!) I would definitely also go to Detroit to hear Joe, I might critique the music/worship at "St. C," and just for curiosity I would go to the Cathedrals of the three closest dioceses (all about an hour away,) simply to hear what these supposed-to-be "good examples" of what the Church wants her music to be, actually sounds like!
What a luxury that would be. To hear the music of other churches on a weekly level!
(And of course I'd travel. I would love to hear first-hand what's going on in the Vatican! Assuming of course I didn't run out of money, heh.)