Why Catholics Can't Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste

Why Catholics Can t Sing The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste This book is about the culture of American Christianity and what it does to our understanding of God self and community as reflected in the way Christians worship

  • Title: Why Catholics Can't Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste
  • Author: ThomasDay
  • ISBN: 9780824511531
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book is about the culture of American Christianity and what it does to our understanding of God, self, and community as reflected in the way Christians worship.

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    330 thoughts on “Why Catholics Can't Sing: The Culture of Catholicism and the Triumph of Bad Taste”


    1. A great book, although one that tends to beat around the same few points for almost 200 pages. The thesis is that factors such as "Mr. & Ms. Caruso" singing on a microphone and drowning out the congregation and organ discourage parishioners from singing. In addition, the "contemporary" or "folk" music which has become popular since Vatican II has contributed to the downfall of participation and of good church music. He raises these and other valid points in a sometimes amusing manner, for ex [...]


    2. Written about 20 years ago, but still relevant today. An excellent book on the deplorable state of music in today's Catholic churches. I was absent from Catholicism for almost 30 years and returned to find the same awful post-Vatican II honey-sweet, Godspell, Woodstock, campfire music that they were singing when I left. It's this way in virtually every Catholic church I have visited since coming back to the Church. Either this kind of music, or the band performing in front of the Church rather t [...]


    3. Very enlightening. He has a very different perspective that I never considered regarding how people think about the Liturgy. I never considered that a loud cantor at a microphone is discouraging. He moves into other topics, such as the priest being more than a presider at the Mass. A very staunch conservative viewpoint, but one worth listening to nonetheless. While I don't entirely agree with him, some of his points have merit. I'd recommend it to anyone involved in Liturgical music just to let [...]


    4. This is a must read for anyone concerned with the state of music in the Catholic Church. Mr. Day examines a myriad of aspects of our worship in an effort to find out why we Catholics seemingly don't like to sing, from culture to musical style to lighting to microphones to the positioning of the altar and architectural style. It all adds up. A very insightful book and an enjoyable read.


    5. I couldn't finish it. Not that it wasn't interesting but at the time I really have been wanting to read stories with plots.Father Larry used it in one of our discussions on music in the liturgy and the musical history of the Church.


    6. Excellent, double A++ good. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in catholic hymnody, music ministry, liturgical renewal, or to anyone that has anything to do with planning/preparing liturgy.


    7. Hymn singing is done in lots of denominations, and most do it well. But this seems not to be the case in some Roman Catholic churches. This book answers the titular question, and it turns out, there's an historical reason that continues to inhibit RC worship in this area. Recommended!


    8. Haven't read this in several years, but I remember finding it very intriguing after a college professor mentioned it.


    9. Excellent book! Day's stories are entertaining and he hits the nail on the head in our approach to Christian music.


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