When somebody says to me that they would like traditional Catholic music at Mass, my first thoughts go to Palistrina, Gregorian Chant, or tunes such as Panis Angelicus, or at least, “Jesus My Lord, My God, My All.”
The vast majority of the time they means songs like “On Eagles Wings,” and “Be Not Afraid.” Songs by and large from the folk era of the 1970s. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But it reminds me of the late 1970s in this way: It was then that it seemed people were holding tenaciously on to music from the 1940s and 50s as traditional Catholic music while folk was trying to muscle in and get rid of that tired stuff.
A lot of the music from the 40s and 50s was a bit saccharine. The 70s stuff was often theological soft.
Is it just me or do we not seem to have a real movement of liturgical music at the moment save for praise music like that which come out of Steubenville?
Oh, the poor music director - weighing the balance between that which are truly musical treasures from our history, what is an oldy but a goody, what is facing the sunset of use, what is currently on the seen, and the new and innovative that excites some and disgusts others. God bless you musicians! Know of my prayers today!