Honestly, I’m not sure what I like. I tend towards the more traditional songs, but then I don’t really like it when it’s just the organ and some cantor singing a melody that no one else can follow. I prefer to sing along. I don’t mind some contemporary praise & worship, but some of it is distracting to me. Having a full band with drums, bass, and electric guitar is usually distracting to me, but not always. I guess I’d say my favorite moments of music in the liturgy are at those bigger celebrations where they have the horns and the timpani in addition to the organ.
But really, I just resign myself to whatever is there. I know I am certainly not going to step up to the plate and do music ministry myself. So I just try to appreciate the people that are there giving of their talents and time, even if it’s not my favorite liturgical music (like a harmonica solo for the meditation after the Eucharist ).