Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bridezilla and the Organist

I am fortunate since I've not had to deal with any bridezillas at my current parish. However, in the past, that's another story. One bride from the past at a consultation said, "We want 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police." Uh, no. Have you actually listened to the words?! Followed by the tirade of "My family has worshiped here for generations...blah, blah, blah...."

I have had similar experiences as this hapless organist with funeral music. Even with a funeral liturgy planning booklet where the choices are clearly spelled out (no deviations), there is the inevitable, "Why can't we sing 'On Eagle's Wings'?" Or "Be Not Afraid" Or "Danny Boy" Or "Let There be Peace on Earth". Then throw in the usual "We've worshiped here for # years....."

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr. I'm thankful that our hymnal doesn't have any of those songs.


Cathy_of_Alex said...

Did she realize that "Every Breath you Take" is actually a stalker song? As for the rest-yuck.

You can always claim there are no versions written for organ and you are not capable of translating them yourself!

Patricia Cecilia said...

Oh, Cathy, that is precious!

Actually, you ought to hand out copies of the Nuptual Mass propers from Mass and Vespers and say, "This is the appointed music. If you want anything else, it will have to agree entirely with these texts and will have to pass my personal Muzak detector test. Otherwise, go have your wedding in a meadow or a banquet hall with someone else playing something other than the organ (and not our beloved Father presiding, either)."


P. S. Did the Viri make up the video? :-)

Brian Michael Page said...

May any wedding day that includes "Every Breath You Take" become a "Dies Irae".

eulogos said...

So far, I have never been to a Catholic funeral where they *didn't* sing Eagles Wings!

What kind of paradise do you live in, which has a hymnal without Eagle's Winds or Let there be Peace on Earth?

I thought enduring those was pretty much the dues one had to pay for being Catholic.

I have escaped them now, but only by joining a Byzantine rite parish.

Susan Peterson