Lots of incoming visitors from a few good blogs coming to verify if the Marty Haugen comment was authentic, or looking at maps, or wondering about the sorry state of liturgical music. Welcome to all of you. We have the best, more erudite, and well-behaved commentariat in all of St Blog’s. Feel free to join in on anything, anytime.
I noticed the Curt Jester is one site pondering the “Marty Haugen speaks” note we got the other night. Usually Jeff is on the ball with hyperlinks and such–don’t know why he didn’t want to link here. Taint of heresy, maybe.
From his commentariat, one hand-wringing priest writes:
Somehow musicians and pastors must experience the spiritual and aesthetic horror of contemporary Catholic music and refuse to inflict it any longer on their parishioners. But how such an awakening can be achieved I do not know.
If such an “awakening” isn’t happening it’s quite possible that contemporary music isn’t the horror it’s made out to be.
On the other hand, there are three easy reasons why you can’t blame music publishers, composers, Protestants, Vatican II, the Consilium, NPM, or your weird neighbor down the street:
1. Many Catholic priests and their parishes don’t want good music.
2. They often resent paying for what music they do get.
3. They don’t know what they’re missing.
By the way, did you notice the early edition of Glory & Praise on the floor in front of St Cecilia in the image above? Four centuries ago and Carlo Saraceni nailed the future of liturgical music.