There recently was a great article over at Aleteia on the deplorable music most Catholics are forced to listen to at Mass each week. I reflect a little on it here with Benedict XVI and Vatican Two:
But my question for this forum is really whether anyone (especially anyone under say 60) actually likes the music they hear at Mass each week? We, in the course of half a century, went from having the greatest, most beautiful, most transcendent musical tradition in the history of man (no exaggeration) to having the most banal, painful, third rate music. Aside from older women, does anyone here actually find the music at Mass to lift the soul to God? What have we traded our great Gregorian chant / polyphony tradition for? certainly not for “congregational singing.” I’ve never been to a Mass where more than a handful of people are singing anything other than the propers anyhow.
Not to just complain, I have to admit there are some great modern resources out there. Our parish recently purchased the St. Isaac Jogues and St. Edmund Campion missals to replace the OCP missalettes we threw away each week. The music in there seems to be serious about bringing the sacred back into our worship (which is the point of music at Mass, after all, isn’t it?)
So what do we think? Does our music need brough back into line with the directives of Sacrosanctum Conciliium?