Friday, May 20, 2011

Will the New Missal Make a Musical Difference?

Those who pessimistically say that the new Missal portends no change in parish music programs might point to a story like this. Here we have a director of music dismissing all style concerns except to put down "nostalgia," and otherwise showing absolutely no knowledge of or interest in anything other than non-liturgical songs that "fit the sensibilities of the specific congregation." His views, he says, are based on a 2007 lecture by Robert Batastini, which recommends a 5-star rating system for such songs along the lines of Amazon.com.