[quote="Cavaille-Coll, post:13, topic:274343"]
Like I always say, the first step in bringing in truly sacred music into a parish is to remove the hymnals that contain poor-quality music. Pastors need to gain the courage to stand up to strong-willed musicians.
It's not only that... we shouldn't place all the blame on the musicians. As a freelancer and working in over 100 parishes as a freelancer, I find it's more the pastors than the musicians or music directors. I've had to do things I found completely inappropriate for mass because the pastor required it. ie. Permitting John Lennon's song "Grow Old With Me" during a nuptial mass and at a number of other parishes, the pastor allowing "One Hand, One Heart" from "West Side Story". (Don't get me wrong, I have always loved "West Side Story" and even played the part of Maria in college which was my very first main role, ever, so I have a special love for it, but it is NOT appropriate for a mass.) With the Lennon song, the music director at that particular parish was very much into hamming things up, so she offered to sing that while I did the rest of the liturgically correct music (which I steered the couple towards), although she would cheese up the accompaniment for pieces like the "Panis Angelicus". (That parish has since been closed.)
Often times, the music directors and organists will "kindly" complain (they will be apologetic and embarrassed) about the pastor or the resident priest saying the mass and the kind of inappropriate music they will make these musicians do. But the priests are the bosses and there is only so much a lay musician can do to try to do if they do not have the support of the pastor.
That's not to say there aren't strong-willed musicians/music directors. They are definitely out there who often have the support of the pastor who hires them. I've seen it in action in my own diocese when the diocese tried to do thing like implement the propers for mass or discourage the use of the Mass of Creation. At the meetings, some were really up and arms about it. So, nothing changed, especially in those parishes. Unless there is an actual crack down and parishioners reporting the problems from the individual parishes, which I think rarely happens especially since I think many parishioners don't even know what is and is not appropriate for liturgical music, you won't see the changes... at least in a timely manner.