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Catholic Music “Traditional vs ………..What? Praising God.

One of the biggest struggles I have as a musician is hearing my own Catholic brothers and sister bicker about what music should be played at mass. ” I only listen to traditional music, Gregorian Chant, It’s to Contemporary” HEY I LOVE ALL THESE TYPES OF MUSIC TOO! Then whats the deal, why do so many people “Catholics” put down Contemporary Catholic/Christian music. I hear “It’s to simple, its the same three chords, it says Jesus over and over to many times”  What if for one Sunday, we let that go and actually participate and SING FOR THE LORD. It’s a challenge leading music and truly the goal of the musician is to lead people in worship, not sing complicated hymns that are too high that all you here s the choir, we loose the purpose of “Full Active Participation”

1. God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human
person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present
whenever his people sing his praises.2
2. A cry from deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of
higher things.3 As St. Augustine says, “Singing is for the one who loves.”4 Music is therefore a
sign of God’s love for us and of our love for him. In this sense, it is very personal. But unless
music sounds, it is not music, and whenever it sounds, it is accessible to others. By its very
nature song has both an individual and a communal dimension. Thus, it is no wonder that singing
together in church expresses so well the sacramental presence of God to his people.

I apologize if I sound a little upset or annoyed. It’s tough being a musician who loves Praising God and on the other hand,  no one else gets it.  Over the years I’ve  learned that in everything I do, whether it be an event, leading music at mass,or  putting on a youth night , I must do it to the best of my ability and quality. It’s always been about quality for me. I’m not up there doing the Adrian Flores show, I’m up there to sing fo rGod and  to hopefully lead other closer to the Lord through worship.

Jesus and his apostles sang a hymn before their journey to the Mount of Olives.9 St.
Paul instructed the Ephesians to “[address] one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts.”10 He sang with Silas in captivity.11 The letter of
St. James asks, “Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He
should sing praise.”12

So I really want to keep this short, I want to pray for understanding. I think God wants us all to sing his praises, he wants us not to be afraid to uplift his name no matter what music is being played. But for musicians out there, its our duty to bring lead people in worship and most of all, not to be distracting. Its not about us, its about Christ and that must be reflected in the music we sing at mass.

Obedient to Christ and to the Church, we gather in liturgical assembly, week after
week. As our predecessors did, we find ourselves “singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in [our] hearts to God.”13 This common, sung expression of faith within liturgical
celebrations strengthens our faith when it grows weak and draws us into the divinely inspired
voice of the Church at prayer. Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration. Good
celebrations can foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations may weaken it. Good music “make[s]
the liturgical prayers of the Christian community more alive and fervent so that everyone can
praise and beseech the Triune God more powerfully, more intently and more effectively.”

So I want to encourage everyone Catholic and Non- Catholic, sing God’s praise, be reverent, encourage your musicians, participate, don’t just sit there and complain how bad the music is or “I just grew up singing this music, so that’s all i’m going to sing “Wrong Attitude”

Our participation in the Liturgy is challenging. Sometimes, our voices do not
correspond to the convictions of our hearts. At other times, we are distracted or preoccupied by
the cares of the world. But Christ always invites us to enter into song, to rise above our own
preoccupations, and to give our entire selves to the hymn of his Paschal Sacrifice for the honor
and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity.

AFLO

– Once again, I apologize for any bad grammar.

Source:

http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/SingToTheLord.pdf




Reconciliation

At first I thought it was a heart attack. Then I thought to myself, I’m too young to have one of those, but on the other I am overweight so there is a slight chance. Honestly though, its amazing how much the  heart can take. The other night, since my last post, my heart was beating out of anger and for the need of forgiveness. That night, whenever my last post was, I could not fall asleep after being kept up by my roommate, so I started to pray really really hard and what came from that was reconciliation. I was able to stay up till about 7am, I reached for my keys and got in my car and drove about 8 miles to St. Mary in Escondido to go to Confession. My heart was so driven to get me there. I was tired, upset, frustrated, and really annoyed at people around me.

This is a problem, I told myself. “Dude what the heck are you thinking. My brain was seriously overwhelmed. So I left it at that, I went to confession did my thing, it was quick one I must say, the priest arrived pretty late and I had 6 little kids in front me waiting for confession. That was pretty cool, especially them being there with their parents. I had done, been forgiven and what a trial this week has been. Finals are in two weeks and I should be writing my paper on marriage right  but I have to keep praying for guidance and for help “Make my paper make sense” Other than that, I”m looking forward to the end of quarter and hopefully getting my media company filming going.

This is just another quick update, i’m still trying to figure this bloging thing out, until then, hopefully I can write some more tomorrow. Good Night.

I leave you with one my favorite Depeche Mode songs. “Meaning of Love” If only they were like the Cure and play some of their old stuff. That would be awesome. Maybe someday.

Adrian

Early Saturday Morning

If your looking for a great album to listen to while you clean. I would recommend this one. Disintegration by The Cure. If you know me, you know this is one of my favorite bands. Enjoy.

thecure