And there are people who find it easier to pray during “pot banging music.” If it’s what they grew up with, that music IS worshipful, reverent, prayerful music to them.
I personally have a very hard time praying or concentrating on God during chant–I find it spooky because I grew up hearing chant only in horror movies, never in church. (I was raised Protestant.)
We can’t claim that one musical style is more conducive to worship than other styles–it’s just a question of how you were raised, what you are accustomed to thinking of as “worshipful” music.
Yes, I realize that Holy Mother Church tells us that Gregorian Chant deserves “pride of place.” So those of us who were raised without chant just have to put on our big girl panties" and get used to it, right? Except–it’s pretty rare in most parishes because chant is not an “easy” musical style to learn–it takes a good teacher (hard to find these days) and some time (also hard to find in many families.
PennyinCanada, a lot of people want “chant” and other traditional musical styles, but they aren’t willing to put their children into piano lessons and wait for them to become proficient enough to train in traditional music styles, or to join a choir themselves, or to volunteer to search and help pay for a layperson who has knowledge and experience with chant to join the staff of the parish and train the choirs and the cantors.
Hopefully you are a person who is willing to jump in and work to replace the pot banging with a more traditional musical style. And I don’t mean this in a “snotty” way–I’m just sayin’–music of any style doesn’t just start happening. It’s a lot of work and a lot of money.