Damian Thompson on Twitter tweeted “You have to wonder – what do you have to be on to write a song called Alleluia Ch-Ch.” The song by Paul Inwood is even worse than the title indicated. If you are looking for a severe penance for Lent here goes. We have enough crappy liturgical song writers here so OCP does not have to import one from England.
Fr. Cory Sticka tweeted in reply “You know, it might make a great test for hiring music ministers: if they think it’s good, NEXT”
Thanks for the huge laugh. I am tearing up listening to this from laughing so hard!
The first thing that came to mind when I read this post was “Pardon me boy, is that the alleluia choo choo”
I fully expect to hear that insepid thing at our parish.
What’s next? Maybe … “Alleluia Numa-Numa”?
And only a matter of time until they add the Liturgical Dance step moves…
I suspect that the powers that be at the Oregon Catholic Press are all proud graduates of the Franciscan Montessori Earth School of Portland.
It’s the Alleluia Cha Cha.
We use an Alleluia that sounds almost exactly like Jimmy Buffet’s volcano song. I find myself thinking “Where I go, I hope there’s rum” every time I hear it.
Is it wrong to think the “ch-ch” parts sound like hissing cockroaches?
Thanks for the laugh…
Oh no I can so hear that being sung at my parish. I can get through, albeit painfully, most of the crap we sing, I don’t know about this one. I do also see it being used for those awful teen or youth Masses.
Aw, man, just the fact that this thing exists in the world is like a gun on the wall in Act I.
Or no, that’s too cultured. It’s like Jack telling Chrissy, “It’s very important that you give Mr. Roper this note.”
Merciful God! That’s terrible! I clicked on the link thinking it was another parody from the clever Curt Jester. To my dismay, I ran headlong into the depravity of “today’s liturgy”.
This is so incredibly LAME. Ugh. I am embarrassed for the people who had to record it.
Mary in CO – this is for you! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC9FtLQJoGM
well, its better than “ch ch ch chi-alleluia” (as sung to cha cha cha chia for the chia pet).
BTW have you seen the Obama Chia Pet ?
And I thought the Gloria (clap clap) was bad. I used to go to the 8:00 Mass at our parish until the happy, clappy guitar group took over. They would LOVE this.
Ugh! I also thought the “Ch-Ch” sounded like a swarm of insects. Maybe appropriate for the reading of the 7 plagues…and the choir director could conduct with a fly swatter.
“Alleluia Numa-Numa”? — HA HA HA.
What the heck is this “ch-ch” thing? What is the point? At least the clap-clap Gloria sounds vaguely like a type of music. This is just bizarre. Can you imagine a whole congregation hissing “ch-ch” at once???
I listen to this song, and the first thing I hear is an elementary music teacher introducing her students to a new (and crappy) song.
This is what music education in our schools has been reduced to, and it’s creeping, rather flowing, into our church.
Churches refuse to set aside money to hire good musicians, so they get part-timers who teach music in the schools during the week. Small surprise that our Catholic music tradition has been reduced to 3rd Grade General Music jingles.
Ummmm…I just checked out the OCP site. Tip of the iceberg. Holy cow is that awful.
I actually heard this at Mass when visiting relatives. I thought it was some ridiculous local arrangement. Blech!
Notice that one of the purposes listed for this thing is the fake Mass without a priest, where the female “parish life director” or whoever puts on an alb and presides at the altar. (And which, by the way, is NOT as good as Mass, and is NOT an option for satisfying the Sunday obligation if there are other parishes within a reasonable distance.)
I thought the music wasn’t terrible – could they just cut out the hissing??
I think that clip of Alleluia confirms that there really are snakes in the choir loft.
For Heaven’s sake, just buy the children those awful little egg shakers. Of course, you do realize that nine times out of ten, this will be sung by adults.
Are you trying to off your readers by suggesting they listen to this. If I hadn’t hidden anything sharp before listening to this who knows what could’ve happened.
Good news is though OCP offers this stuff and Gregorian Chant, they’re equally good guys, just different tastes… 😉
You can’t do “Alleluia Numa-Numa”. That tune is reserved for a hymn to Cardinal Newman. (Or at least a bitchen’ music video.) 🙂
I dunno… I didn’t think it was THAT bad. Do fairly recent converts hear differently :)?
In October of ’07, I gave the Alleluia Chee-Chee a face…
Pretty fitting, I think. 🙂
i listened to the Cha-cha. I must have some taste in music because it made my skin crawl. I hope no one gives a copy of it to our local musicians here in Ireland. It’s almost as bad as the music produced by our Fr. Liam Lawton. He has an alleluia that makes me think of dancing leprachauns.
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