" I weep when I think how the American Catholic church (or at least large parts of it) jettisoned its musical tradition for a mess of tasteless pop pottage. I mean, the Episcopalians may be a bunch of screaming heretics, but at least they have good taste. Usually. There are some awful 'folk Masses' in ECUSA . . . but usually kept under wraps. In our former ECUSA parish, the 'HI Spirits' were the folk group, consisting of people who couldn't audition in to the regular parish choir . . . they were relegated to the children's 9 AM service . . . once a month. I hope that the main offenders in the Catholic Church are the hippie idiots of the 60s and 70s who will soon be retiring and leave the rest of us alone."
Totally agree with you, AnAmerican Mother. Being ex-"whiskeypagan" as well, I recall that parts of the old ECUSA still had good music, but parts had stuff that would make a body drink Ripple mixed with root beer! While my own home parish does pretty well music-wise, some of the places I've endured when I've traveled were enough to make you want to unscrew your years and throw them away ("I'll do anything, just stop that bloody-awful schlock"). Eastern Rite parishes excepted; every Eastern parish I've visited has been just plain wonderful. Gorgeous chant and not a hootenany in sight.
posted on 09/01/2009 5:17:27 AM PDT
by Convert from ECUSA
(It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies - C.S. Lewis)
To: Convert from ECUSA
It was Jim Beam and Tab where I came from . . . although Ripple and root beer sounds pretty appalling!
The Eastern Rite parishes somehow avoided the contagion of the hippies. I wonder how!
We are SO fortunate in our music. The senior permanent deacon in charge of the music program was a music major at LSU, and he has excellent taste. He is now widowed (I played handbells with his wife before she died, tragically young, of cancer) and has commissioned a memorial concert in his wife's honor of all the best music he and our music director can cook up between them. It will be during Advent, and it will be GOOD. Lots of English and German Renaissance composers, with a few French Romantics for leavening.
posted on 09/01/2009 8:02:58 AM PDT
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