I again went to the Vigil Mass to avoid the nasty hurricane weather scheduled to hit us on Sunday. It was a beautiful Mass but I do have one quibble. If you are selecting a closing hymn with a hurricane bearing down on you do you truly want to select "Rain Down?"
That’s just sad. Maybe some warped ignoramus liturgist’s idea of praying about the storm?? Can you say “bad taste, insensitivity and stupid ideas?”
Cheer up! You could have been singing ‘Morning has b-r-o-k-e-n……..
We did “Rain down” as the processional here the weekend after Frances (and we’re basically neighbors); I was agog.
The vigil Mass has a different (older and more tranditional) music leader, who quite sensibly chose “O God our Help in Ages Past” for the processional last night.
This computer has already been powered off by a power flicker once, so I’m going to turn it off now on purpose.
At least it wasn’t “Blowing in the Wind.”
“Rain Down” reminds me of a drinking song.
Hope y’all are ok; Gainesville is beginning to feel Jeanne’s winds.
why would you chose the song raindown anyway?! hurricane or no hurricane, the song doesn’t get any better….
Playing “Rain Down” at any Mass is just begging God to send down a lightning bolt, IMHO. The use of that song is one of the major reasons I quit my last cantoring gig. I figured I had tempted fate long enough. (In case anyone is fortunate enough never to have heard this ditty, it’s a real swingin’ blues piano number. Much more at home in a country saloon.)
My wife’s car floated away in a flood the week they sang “O Healing River.” It would be interesting to compile a list of songs and when not to sing them. By the way, Lynn, if your musicians play “Rain Down” like a drinking song, you should float them to another parish. It’s a gospel song, full tilt teetotaling here.
Tacky liturgical planning.
Good point, Todd! Can we send them to yours?
I’ll be happy to take any musicians you can send. I won’t send them back once I’ve whipped them into shape, though.
Maybe we should try to whip them into shape ourselves….what’s your strategy?