Perhaps it is emotional constipation, a distrust of one obvious way God made us, that has damaged the Church. We are not aliens, after all, devoted to a fictional philosophy of Gene Roddenberry. God has given us minds, certainly. But often our pride in our intellect can be that which trips us up.
Friend and frequent commentator Charles rejected the anti-feeling Mr Jones with some vigor, but missed on the inner impulse of 60’s composers:
You are spot on correct with the intent of folks like Wise in that era “composing” music to primarily move the heart rather than all of our faculties/senses.
Ray Repp, for example, acknowledged his early music was written for catechesis, not liturgy. In addition, a good chunk of original texts composed in the 50’s through early 70’s were explicitly catechetical–telling people what to think and do. I think of titles like “The Mass Is Ended” or “Sons of God” or even “They’ll Know We Are Christians.” Tom Conry, perhaps the most obvious example who advocated “catechesis,” was less about generating feelings and more about converting minds to social justice.
I think people like Joe Wise and many others composed music for one main reason: there was a need and they could fill it in their local church. Publishers came later.
My sense is that the distrust of the affective side of human beings is related not to Church tradition as much as it might be rooted in modernism, and the notion that human intellect will triumph over everything: our basic drives, our mistakes, and even our feelings (whether they are misplaced or not).
As for me, I treat the theology of Kolinahr with skepticism. There’s nothing wrong with music generating or inspiring great feeling in people. Just as long as it leads to the Lord, and isn’t just a mountainous way station that allows us blinders to those needy in the foothills. That cool, aloof musical style likewise keeps us in our lofty heights.