Writers block for your praise and worship songs?

Okay. This guy nails the basics of how “worshipsongs(TM)” are written.

I laughed.

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    Comments: 6

    1. JimmyG February 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Opthomistic, lol, that was funny. Those “worship” songs are mostly trash.

    2. bamac February 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Opthomistic,

      What a send up! He must have had fun making the video too.

      I have been looking at some of the archives of B.F. and had just been reading one on much the same topic from a few years back … a link to it if anyone cares to have a look….

      http://www.beingfrank.co.nz/praise-and-worship-music-in-church

      Often wonder how many of the old commenters are doing now days ..//God bless them all and many thanks for all that they contributed on so very many topics,

      God Bless us too,

      Mrs Mac

    3. Teresina February 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      That was great, thanks. That young man certainly got that right. I remember I once used to like the guitar, until it became a thing of torture at Sunday Mass. Guitars at Mass are sheer purgatory, strumming out mind numbing, repetitive nursery rhymes as Ive heard those ditties referred to.

    4. bamac February 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      This is not exactly about the music in church on Sundays but it it said a lot to me and thought it very much worth sharing ….

      O for the days before there was so many songs during Holy Mass… the days when we were encouraged to focus on the Holy Sacrifice that is continued in every Holy Mass! Time spent quietly one-on-one with Our Lord as He continues sacrificing Himself to His and our Father, and then to have time in loving closeness with Him after we receive Him in Holy Communion ….without being encouraged to join in singing some or other mod song … the second talk on the link gave me even more food for thought and prayer … the internet can give us so much positivity don’t you think? Hope some of you get as much out of it as I did .

      http://vultus.stblogs.org/

      Shalom,

      Mrs Mac

    5. Teresina February 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks, Mrs Mac, that article sums it up. I agree with what he says: “Disappointed: Many hoped that the new English translation of the Novus Ordo Missae would signal a recovery of the sacred and a return to the reverent sobriety of the Roman Rite. It seems not to have happened yet — at least, not in very many places.”

      I had great hopes and expectations but I have found there to be only cosmetic change, which isn’t enough. Eucharistic Prayer 1 was said more often before the new changes and now we rarely hear it, the priests preferring the post vat II Eucharistic prayers for expediency they say, but I suspect they have been instructed not to say Eucharistic Prayer I as it refers to sacrifice, which doesn’t fit in with the “supper mentality”.

      Mind you, even if the priests do start to say Eucharistic Prayer I, I think it is already too late for the Novus Ordo Mass because it is failing to retain young people once they leave school. Give it 10 to 15 years and probably only those committed to Opus Dei will be attending the Novus Ordo Mass, and there will be more than sufficient priests then.

      Pope Benedict speaks of the Church becoming smaller, and I think that ultimately that will prove to be the small remnant of traditionalist groups who are having larger families and passing on the Faith to their children, quietly growing in the background without the fanfare that accompanies a lot of what happens in our parishes today. By contrast, unfortunately, the good young people we have in our parishes are being sucked into an “event attending” mentality. If it’s not an event they will not attend, and so their houses are being built on shifting sand.

      Following World Youth Day in Australia a group of young people summing up their experience said their “ultimate” memory was high-fiving someone on an escalator. How far will that take them I wonder. Ultimately, everyone becomes bored of entertainment and drifts away. That wasn’t the case prior to Vat II, which, no matter how much we try and paper over the cracks, it has been an unmitigated disaster for the Church leaving the majority of Catholics with no real knowledge of the Faith and so unable to hand it on. So we need to get back to the basics. Priests need to take the lead on this, using their sermons to instruct the faithful on the Faith and to not be afraid to be authoritative on the matter.

      I remember the nuns used to say, “There’s no ‘will you? Won’t you?’ about it”. The nuns didn’t pussyfoot around. The priests need to stop pussyfooting too because, as I remember one priest saying when he instructed people to be modestly dressed for Mass, “I tell you this because if I don’t, I am likely to end up in hell”. That’s a salient thought because where much is given, much is expected.

    6. Teresina February 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm