Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nothing so unhip as AmChurch trying to be hip

From a reader of Fr. Z's blog:
I was traveling with my daughter last week and, walking out of a parish where we fulfilled our Sunday obligation, she looked at me and said

"I've never hated the tambourine more than I do now.”
Tambourines are for the Byrds.


Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Dear Doc. Love the link.

Are you of the opinion that Davey Jones (Monkees) was the greatest tambourine player ever?

Ralph Roister-Doister said...

No no, the guy who played the Green Tambourine -- now THERE was an artist!

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Dear Ralph. Really?

Wasn't it Charles Nelson Reilly (Or maybe it was Paul Lynde) who said I want Davey Jones in my lap; right this minute!!! after he watched this performance...

Green Tambourine?


As the leader singer of Moby Grape, what's-his-face, once memorably said, Lemon Pipers? Well, they sure ain't no Strawberry Alarm Clock

Pertinacious Papist said...

No, no, no. The coolest tambourine player was yours truly, when he and his brother entered a talent show in a conservative Christian high school in Tokyo, Japan, and played two Simon and Garfunkel hits, followed by a standing ovation and calls for an encore, for which we played "Mrs. Robinson," and immediately got our asses into trouble.

Ralph Roister-Doister said...

Worry not, PP, your courageous stand as interpreters of "Mrs Robinson" marks you and your brother as heralds of the New Dawn and the Velvet Morning, finders of the Neon Rainbow, surfers of the New Wave, percussive precursors of the Great Renewal, the Good Vibration, the Bad Seed, and the Ugly Liturgy, or Nouveau L'Ordure, as the French mutter. And I'm sure that either Charles Nelson Reilly or Paul Lynde would have been overjoyed to have reserved a spot on his lap for both of you!!

Ralph Roister-Doister said...


The Lemon Pipers recorded on the Buddah label, prompting Dionne Warwick to respond, "You'll Never Get to Heaven . . ."

Montini, it is said, was so shocked by Warwick's "extra ecclesiam nulla salus" integrism that he ordered that all Top 40 and contemporary hit stations be banned from his desk top radio, and a Swiss Guard glued the dial to the all-Sinatra station forthwith.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Dear Doc. Funny as hell. Mrs. Robinson for that function - great choice :)

It is reminiscent of the infamous performance of The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis, playing his rocking versions of gospel music during a musical performance at a Bible College and that performance got the assembly rocking and got him kicked-out of college.

That my friend, is the apotheosis of Holy Rolling.

I had an Uncle who played air accordion whenever Myron Florin graced the stage on the Lawrence Welk Show but I can't imagine that your performance would not have been more inspirational.

OK, I had Uncles but not one of them ever played air accordion - I just wanted to write that to amuse my own self.

Pertinacious Papist said...

Thank you for those votes of confidence, R-RD and IANS. You had to be there. All the future Directors of Music of AmChurch parishes were there.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Dear Ralph. I am given to understand that this song was loved by the modernists and their progeny, the new theologians, because it was a summary of the Lil' Licit Liturgy in song that addressed itself to the here-and-now needs of modern man and was less obsessed with sin and salvation and Purgatory and Hell and other, frankly, mystical and difficult-to-understand stuff.