Once I got the bug in my bonnet on this one, it was quite fun. For a little diversion from the usual GIRM and GDC, I’m going to go ahead and run a series of 63 polls of favorite Catholic songs. I don’t think it will get nasty, and we can all keep in mind it’s a bit of fun. Authentic sacred music isn’t a popularity contest.
I have 64 songs–it wasn’t hard to get them. We’ll whittle them down to the Theological Thirty-Two, the Supernatural Sixteen, the Everlasting Eight, and so on.
I started with the NPM top-25 poll–it’s probably the most well-known, even among its detractors. Those gave me the top six seeds in each “regional.” Just for reference, here are the number ones:
White Regional: “On Eagles’ Wings”
Green Regional: “Here I Am, Lord”
Red Regional: “Be Not Afraid”
Violet Regional: “You Are Mine”
I found various top-ten lists of Gregorian chants, traditional hymns, P&W, Christmas songs, and others from multiple sources. I tried to balance each bracket with contemporary and traditional, and the various themes, publishers, and genres of songs. I excluded Mass settings or any part of the Mass. I polled my wife and daughter to order the “mid-major” songs in each color category. It’s about as random as I could get it. Though a very intriguing 3 vs 14 pairing I’ll throw up later tonight or tomorrow brought a huge laugh from my spouse. Better I suppose to have zany associations in a poll than at liturgy.
I plan to conceal the full bracket listing until we’re most of the way through round one. I’m not sure why, but perhaps the possibilities will intrigue you. Plus, I need more time to actually produce a sheet March Madness style. And I may reserve the option of substituting out one or more of the lower seeds in favor of a song you can convince me to include.
I’ll post every other day or so on this. I’ll try to highlight each song with a story about it. So if you want to avoid the polling, just tune in for the info.
That said, I won’t be responding to comments to evict a song from the list. But if you have titles that must be included in the 2012 Dance, let me know in the comments below.
Let the Madness begin.