Saturday, October 29, 2005

Society for a Moratorium on the Music of Marty Haugen and David Haas

If you're not a member yet, sign up. If you need more encouragement, ponder the fact that the Worship hymal, aka Hootenanny Mass Songbook, was not in fact as bad as it could get, but has exceeded itself in the newly minted Worship III, to be found soon on a folding chair near you.

As cold comfort, I see that our Evangelical brethren have their own version of our musical woes, though their musical sufferings are imposed from within each church, while Catholics suffer at the hands of liturgical and music ministers who know what's good for us and greedy publishers who make their living off dumbing down our liturgy in new and copyrighted ways every few years. In both cases, however, there seem to be some generational issues, with certain no-longer-so-young persons having very firm ideas about What Youth Want.


Anonymous Yahmdallah said...

I must recuse myself from this one because I pretty much dislike all church music. And if you fire up a pipe organ, that blur you see will be me speeding in the opposite direction. To me, pipe organ music sounds like quasi-organized fire sirens.

12:35 PM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

Ideally, then, you could combine suffering through an organ-accompanied processional hymn conveniently with the Act of Contrition at the beginning of Mass; you'd already have performed your penance. See how the liturgy all hangs together?

That's the same thought that got me through two masses in which the Our Father was sung to the melody of The Sound of Silence. Yes, really.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Yahmdallah said...

Wow. I started imagining that, but then stopped myself.

Next you'll have Hail Marys to the tune of "Play the Funky Music White Boy."

Songs aside, Presbyterians aren't big on suffering, outside of being tactfully exuberant about some of the more unfortunate dishes at a potluck.

2:27 PM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

You can't tell me that Presbyterians aren't into suffering. I've lived in Scotland.

Or maybe 'dourness' is subtly different.

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Yahmdallah said...


7:53 AM  

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