Songs we love to hate?

By | August 2, 2010

I really like visiting other parishes around the diocese, to experience the delightful variety of worship from place to place.  This weekend I was at St. Anne in Coleman.  Despite a small assembly, the music was especially good, wrapping up with a version of “Alleluia, Raise the Gospel” by Bernadette Farrell and Owen Alstott that just made me want to dance out of the building and on into the rest of my week. 

It reminded me of this link – admittedly a month old already – over at the “First Things” blog about a month ago.  Joe Carter pondered the quality of hymns sung today and presented a Top Ten Worst Hymn list.  His list has garnered hundreds of responses and spawned similar lists on other religion blog sites.

I’d agree with some on the list – like “Gather Us In” by Marty Haugen – but not with all.  For example, “I am the Bread of Life” by Suzanne Toolan is a hymns whose words I’d like people to remember at the funeral of a loved one.  And the tune isn’t hard to follow (though the range is a beyond most singers and I find myself switching keys for the refrain and the verses.)

So, what do you think of the list?

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