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HELP IS ON THE WAY

By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Apr 13, 2004

A tip of the biretta to Father Bryce Sibley whose blogsite advises us that help is on the way: SMMMHDH or, if you will, The Society for a Moratorium on the Music of Marty Haugen and David Haas, the twin reincarnations of Ray Repp.

You could make a lot of money in Catholic music publishing circles by setting "Pange Lingua Gloriosi" to the tune of the Schaeffer Jingle.

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  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Apr. 15, 2004 10:49 PM ET USA

    This H&H music isn't the only bad stuff. Someone decided that "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" would be one of our Lention hymns. The organist played it as though it was a protestant Reformation hymn. The few that knew it tried to sing it a the spiritual it is and were usually about a bar ahead of the organist. And, of course, we are still treated to "The Wind Beneath My Wings" as a prelude. Sometimes I tempted to re-visit a protestant church just because they can sing.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2004 5:18 PM ET USA

    Gregorian chant and the music of Palestrina are rightly remembered as wonderful. But, let's not fall into the error of supposing that bad music was invented by VII. There were plenty of saccharine and plain awful translations of mediocre Latin hymns too.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Apr. 14, 2004 11:33 AM ET USA

    I like the comment about being thankful for Haugen-Haas ice cream music as a great way of increasing attendance at Byzantine Rite masses.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2004 10:51 AM ET USA

    Are you implying that the Church’s “treasury of sacred music” wasn’t “preserved and cultivated with great care” after VCII? Next thing, I suppose, you’ll try to tell me that, after VCII, “the use of the Latin language” wasn’t “preserved in the Latin rites.” And then, you might try to convince me that, post-VCII, care wasn’t “taken to ensure that the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them.” Does JPII know of this?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2004 9:39 AM ET USA

    One word: chant. It's timeless, promotes recollection, and not that hard to learn the simple hymns and responses.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 13, 2004 9:24 PM ET USA

    I love it. I emailed the site, SMMMHDH, to several priests friends of mine (all of them are yet to be pastors). I can't stand Haugen and Hass music. Not that I would know, I have never been to broadway, but the music sounds like a Broadway musical. I can't sing it. I chant everything. But as a parochial vicar I have no control over the choir. Someday.

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