I might have written this post last year... but I hate hate hate the stupid sappy Charlie Brown song about peace on earth, especially at Mass, and especially on Independence Day!!! Not only is it cheesy and hokey, but it's difficult to sing. (Everything we sing at our church needs to be taken down about three steps, because the only person in the room who can actually sing in that register is the show-off choir director.) They also did that lousy St. Francis song at communion. I like the poem well enough, but it makes for a very awkward song, "...and in dying that we're born-to-eternal-liiiiiiiife". It's a strange rhythm that even the choir can't sing together, let alone the congregation.
I've also never really been into patriotic stuff at Mass, it seems inappropriate. But the hippy dippy stuff just pisses me off.
Update - This is the song:
I was wrong, it's not from Charlie Brown. Sorry about that. Not sure why I thought that, I guess it just seems perfect for a preachy cartoon children's chorus.
Check out the history of the song here…
"One summer evening in 1955, a group of 180 teenagers of all races and religions, meeting at a workshop high in the California mountains locked arms, formed a circle and sang a song of peace. They felt that singing the song, with its simple basic sentiment – 'Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me,' helped to create a climate for world peace and understanding."
Good grief… ;)
At least they didn't use the "inclusive" lyrics at mass. I don't think so anyway, we didn't stay long.