Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pastoral Musician of the Year


Call me naive but I thought people were joking, when I heard mention of it, but here is Alleluia ch ch, perhaps I should get out more, but then perhaps I should barricade the doors. Here are more saccharine droplets for you titillation or otherwise.

The person responsible has just been made "Pastoral Musician of the Year", amazing!

18 comments:

Laurence said...

My reputation as one of Brighton's most feckless, talentless musicians is growing daily.

Yet, I could do better than the rubbish Inwood comes out with. Sorry to have to say it. It is appalling.

pelerin said...

People say that every cloud has a silver lining!

No longer being able to get anything that moves on my computer I realise that I also cannot get any sound so in this case the cloud does have a silver lining.

I trust that St Mary Magdalen's will remain an Alleluia Ch Ch - free zone.

George said...

Eeeeeeeee-yetch!!!! The saccharine drops are just as bad. Is his wife's surname really Christmas???

Does that make her Mother Christmas? What am I saying??? Sorry Fr Ray I digress..... all very confusing, back on track now.

Someone that age should know better! This isn't even music let alone anything that is worthy of being part of sacred liturgy. But then maybe these 'types' don't understand or 'do' sacred.

Halfway through listening to the alleluia ch ch (as much as I could bear), I just kept thinking of the old Mungo Jerry 70's tune 'In the Summertime', which has a few similar ch ch-ch's in it.

I think all these awful songs should be put in Michael's boat, have him row it far into the outer reaches of the Universe, then NUKE IT!!!

No Father, you definitely don't need to get out more, "Man the barricades me hearties, keep the heretics out!"

Aristotle A. Esguerra said...

I note a typo in the OCP description:

"Alleluia, (ch - ch) alleuia! [sic] (ch - ch)"

More I will not say, for I have no more to say.

Andrew, York said...

Why am I unsurprised at the demographics of the onlooking crowd?

I.P. said...

Please is this some kind of Joke?

lizard said...

Father,

Isn't it from a Childrens Mass?

Then...

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child.

And I never became a man....

Does it describe many catholics who support this sort of sweeties?

epsilon said...

something he prepared earlier for "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest"?

Londiniensis said...

Yes, but the "honour" (or should it be honor) was from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (if you have strong stomach just see their website: the Church Music Association of America it most certainly is not!

Patricius said...

One of my favourite rounds on Radio 4's "I'm Sorry I haven't a clue" is "One Song to the Tune of Another". Would that be a fair description of what "Pastoral Musicians" do?

gemoftheocean said...

Bleep it. And I didn't even get a chance to submit my video! A medley of "Gather us in" and "The times, they are a changin'" played on the kazoo with washboard and banjo accompaniment. I had a sure winner there. Must get my submission in sooner next year. I'll brush up on my air guitar for a sure winner next time.

Richard said...

Does "Pastoral" actually mean "brainless and trite", or does it just seem that way sometimes?

bowsk said...

I've otdered a set of copies. Will go nicely with the Clapping Gloria. Just need to find a Whooping Holy Holy Holy and it's a set.

Now where's my kazoo?

mafeking said...

So 70's, so Tablet. It reminds me of space hoppers and Andy Williams. So this is the guy who was responsible for all that shocking music I had to put up with as a kid and made me want to leave the Church (which I did). It's all making sense now. When are the oldies gonna get it? We hate this music and we hate their liturgy.

Delia said...

To be fair, the congregation look appalled as well!

George said...

Delia - to me, the congregation look as if they're an old set of 'props' from Madame Tussauds!;-)

Malcolm Kemp said...

I have always been taught that worship is supposed to bring people to their knees is prayer and adoration and to lead us upwards to God. The priest running a famous central London church in the late 1930 and early 1940s used to say of his congregation that "they came to hear beaustiful music and they stayed to pray". Worship needs to appeal to the senses and uplift them whether is word, music, architecture of even smell and I increasingly become aware that Fr Ray has cottoned on to this important fact. It should take us above and beyond ourselves towards God and the "music" of Paul Inwood and others in the Celebration Hymnal will never do that. Even the new Administrator at the Anglican Shrine in Walsingham insists on having CDs playing in the background whilst people are trying to pray. It is awful and reduces the place to the level of Sainsburys.

JoannaB said...

Very ch-ch-church of england!