I’ve begun writing for InsideCatholic, and added the site to the blogroll. You can surf to this link, where I’ve been asked to make a positive case for Glory & Praise. The comments are a-rollin’ in already. You can go there to join the discussion, if you wish.
I note the tired old arguments are getting trotted out: voice of God, unsingable music, Thomas Day disliked it, G&P bumped chant out of the picture, yada yada yada. JP the G has already been called a “goofball” in the combox.
For a resource that was so bad, as we hear it, it’s amazing it sold so well from the late 70′s for at least a decade and a half, isn’t it? At least people haven’t been explicit about that poor, dumb laity argument Amy and others so often trash.
OCP publishes four versions of the series. I wonder, though, if G&P hasn’t jumped the shark at least ten years ago. The big debate in the 80′s was throwaway versus permanent hymnals. The sifting of G&P material has led to much of the contemporary repertoire to be housed in hardcover. Now the SLJ’s rub shoulders with plainsong, hymnody, and world music. Or is that clothing just sheepskin for the wolf?
If any InsideCatholic visitors have any decent arguments, I’m looking forward to reading them.