Listen to the Monks

The title makes this sound like some sort of hipster philosophical meet-up, right? Nope. Today’s post is about music. More specifically, the lovely intonations of the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos in Spain. You might remember these fellows from years past. They hit the popular meter back in the 90s although they’ve been recording their sounds for quite a bit longer. They’ve been at this singing of Gregorian chants since the 11th century (that’s a millennia people). Before that they did Mozarabic chant. I didn’t know what that was either so I looked it up – it’s a related type of chant first popularized under Visigothic rule. Find a historian for further explanation. At any rate, if you aren’t familiar with this unique sound, check it out. Monks rule.

Gregorian Book of Silos

Anon Puer Natus

Spiritus Domini Replevit Orbem

arrowHeard enough? If you want to get these sounds for yourself, you can still find CHANT, their double-platinum recording at most retailers. This is the album which put them on the map of the world. There are many others to explore. Do you have an interesting or eclectic musical offering? Share in the comments so the rest of us can check it out…

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