I could not recommend this book highly enough. It has all the popular appeal of Thomas Day's Why Catholics Can't Sing and the scholarly bent of Anthony Ruff, Michael Joncas, and Edward Foley. This is a must-read for all seminarians, priests, bishops, diocesan directors of liturgy, and musicians.
Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, Founding President of the Society for Catholic Liturgy
Joseph Swain is among the rare scholars able to make a cogent, compelling case based upon the intrinsic qualities of music, without relying upon highly technical descriptions available only to trained musicians. The trained musician will find much that is new and enlightening here, but the pastor, liturgist, theologian, choir singer, and layperson will be able to follow the argument as well.
William H. Mahrt, Professor of Music History, Stanford University, President, The Church Music Society