Gary Penkala at CanticaNOVA Publications tells the state of liturgical music, while singing the praises of three Catholic Masters.
Now, if the following isn't true, what is?
How interesting! For E.T. we choose the Masters, yet for Almighty God, some ditty sounding like it was slopped off in a nightclub on a cocktail napkin will suffice.
Here is his "state of the music" address:
The state of Catholic church music at the end of the 20th century was abysmal. We had been lured into erroneous thinking by relativism, just as it infected moral thought. What is "good," whether referring to moral and ethical practices or worthy and noble music, depended on numerous factors, each relative to the perpetrator or the listener. We justified greed ... "in this situation." We tolerated lies as ... "misinformation." We accepted killing if ... "it was in the mother's best interest." And, we promoted tawdry music because ... "it made people happy."
The 21st century has brought a revolution in liturgical music. No longer is the measuring stick to be human emotion ... "warm-fuzzy" music is going the way of asbestos and saccharine, although it may take quite a while to rid our systems of lingering residues.
As for the last phrase - yup! You will get a few bad eggs, but they'll get over it.
Read the whole thing here and discover who the three Catholic Masters are. No, they're not Haas, Haugen, and Joncas, nor are they even Westendorf, Deiss, and Alstott. Not even Proulx, Peloquin, and Rutter. And the last five are composers that have decent (the last three excellent) music under their belt.
As far as I'm concerned, Gary has penned another gem!