Monday, June 30, 2008

A Single-Subject Mind

I find that when talking to people, the conversation invariably turns to sacred music, in some form or another.
And I end up passionately talking about it, to the point where I feel like people are rolling their eyes.
Usually, the person seems honestly interested, but even the things which I say that (I feel) are rather basic, even good Catholics don't have a clue about.
So I end up thinking, ok, back to square one. and I start explaining
But I worry that people start to find me boring, as if, I can't talk about anything except my job and music and liturgy! But that's just my passion.
Once in a while, I do start to go on a tirade about something else like recycling or drinking diet pop, and then people are like, wow, Mara, you are just passionate about very specific topics!

I just don't want to become one of those people who can only talk about one thing...


Anonymous said...

So get a handle on sports and politics.

Cooking is also good.

totustuusmaria said...

I'm collecting favorite subjects as I get older. One of the more recent ones is sacred music (although I've always talked about the music I hear at Mass.) I now feel fairly competent to talk intermediate level sacred music. It's now been a year and a half since I taught myself to chant gregorian chant and started reading about sacred music, and last semester I took a class: "Survey of Sacred/Religious Music." Nevertheless, to really be able to talk about something, you have to devote your life to it. That's why men are able to talk about sports. Just keep on talking at expert level about sacred music, and talk at intermediate level about other things. Practice a bit of diversity, dontchaknow.

lvschant said...

Try to listen to what the other folks are passionate about with the same interest you hope they have about Sacred Music and it will all work out... People always think you are a brilliant conversationalist if you are a good listener and are interested in them personally :)