Monday, August 07, 2006

Worst Liturgical Music Selections

The summer is finally here for me (no classes in August) so I have been out and about enjoying the weather and my wonderful family. My posting will probably be sporadic until September.

This weekend I spent a lot of time thinking about terrible music.

At this current moment I nominate for the worst liturgical music award:

1) "I Myself Am the Bread of Life" (I am not the Bread of Life. I can't even come close. That song, I can't bring myself to call it a hymn, is full of some of the worst Eucharistic theology I have ever seen. The thought of it being played at Mass is painful.)

2) "Lord of Glory" by Tim Manion (Currently my almost 2 yr old's favorite song ever. He found it on a CD in my collection and demands it be played over and over. I think the fact that it is a hit with the toddler set should be proof enough of it's qualifications for this award. I think could be the Communion song for the Cowboy Mass)

Post your nominations in the comment section. Awards will be presented next Monday.


Brian Michael Page said...

I'll agree with your nomination of both songs.

My additions to it:
1) Hail Mary/Gentle Woman - requested often for funerals because the corpse, not Mary, was a "gentle woman", not to mention the "put the organist to sleep" music, and the intent to go into Elvis' "Can't Help Falling..."

"give us wisdom, give us love...wise man say only fools rush in"

2) All Are Welcome - "A banquet hall on holy ground" - yah! right!
(I could nominate pretty much anything Haugen writes, but AAW takes the cake)


Brian Michael Page said...

Oh I forgot to mention about "Gentle Woman", despite my comparisons to the Elvis tune, CV's own Jason would normally tell you it's more like the "Edmund Fitzgerald". ;)


DominiSumus said...

I will agree with you in the similarities between "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" and "Can't Help Falling"

It drives me crazy everytime someone requests "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman", then adds, so-and-so really was a gentle woman.

I am laughing here because both "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman" and "All Are Welcome" are two of the congregation's favorite songs. :-X

They don't hear them quite as often as they used to anymore.

Brian Michael Page said...

They don't hear them quite as often as they used to anymore.

I still think the main reason I get some of the requests I get for funerals is because I don't use any of it on Sundays.