A letter to the editor in Zenit wisely states that the true purpose of liturgical music is the same as of Icons, and that the same principles apply:
Iconography and liturgical music should aid in the configuring of our minds and dispositions toward Christ, not toward ourselves. Some modern "religious art" and "liturgical music" is often so overwrought with personal expression that the sense of the person of Christ is obfuscated and the personality of the composer of music or the artist is exalted to the point that the sense of Christ's presence is diminished. Good iconography and liturgical music does not make Christ more present, but it certainly does make us more attuned to his presence with hearts more open to his graces.There is a piece making it's way around St Blog's delineating the difference between devotional music and liturgical music which is very much to the point.
And yet the former is routinely sandwiched into silence that would best be broken only by the latter, (I don't care whether the culprits are Jesus-Is-My-Boyfriend songs, or Edwardian religious ballads in waltz tempo -- YEEEEEEEEESH.)
Having just come from Brownie fly-up, the idea of personalizing, privatize, sentimentalizing, and ultimately DEGRADING the Liturgy is heavy on my mind and soul...
Oddly, I think it also contributes to the degradation of that god of the Regressives, FullConsciousActiveParticipation.
No, no, give'm a job, a nice little role, maybe with a few speaking lines to get'em to come to Mass!