Some of the music of the music one hears in parishes today makes me think of 1970s sitcoms. Other associations include the children's movie "Land Before Time." Or maybe Veggie Tales' "Silly Songs with Larry." If I were going to put a single-word description on much of the "new" music I've seen published by the mainstream in the last 10-15 years it would be: infantilizing. Now, please don't write, oh, but what about this piece and that piece? I'm speaking of a general tendency.Some songs that make me run screaming from church: We are Called, God Has Chosen Me, Sing of the Lord's Goodness (which sounds like something from Jesus Christ Superstar), Center of My Life, I Am the Light of the World, and the most-dreaded Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary (which in a former church, the Music Director would recite the upcoming words into the mic while everyone is singing).
And there is a valid point here made by Dr. Mahrt, and he has made it many times. Many of the objections to chant that I've heard gravitate toward the observation that it just sounds too churchy for people, that it draws one into issues at the core of the economy of salvation and all its extraordinary drama, and not everyone longs to be part of that. But that is an objection that should carry no weight since it is really objection to the entire project of liturgy itself, which is inseparable from the longing touch eternity.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
~from The New Liturgical Movement