Alright, let's admit it, a variety of music can be used in the Mass, even the EF Mass. For example there are complex Mass settings that were sung by choirs who could do them in the pre-Vatican II period and these were far from Gregorian chant or polyphony. Many of the concert Masses sung as an actual Mass went against papal sensibilities of the 19th century.
So today, we have banal music inflicted upon the Mass, usually hymns that replace the official words of the Mass for the Entrance, offertory and Communion chants.
I agree that music poorly selected and poorly executed or poor music for the Mass sung in a beautiful way (the latter more of a problem that the first because it gives credibility to poor liturgical music) is the basic problem with the Ordinary Form of the Mass.
But beyond the banal liturgical music there are priestly problems that the laity often like and applaud, both figuratively and literally.
For the last three months, I've either been a con-celebrant or a member of the congregation for Mass and this is what I have experienced:
1. Music selections from disposable hymnals (OCP)that were written in the 1960's and 70's (such as the St. Louis Jesuits stuff) that I had not sung since my first parish assignment from 1980 to 85 where we had a very good folk choir. The nostalgia of this was not positive for me in anyway whatsoever. It tells me that priests who chose this musical chaff experience it to this day in their own parishes. Thank you Oregon Catholic Press! NOT!
2. After the entrance song, priests like to ad lib even prior to the "Sign of the Cross." Usually the ad lib is a mini homily that has a humorous tinge to it to make us laugh or smile, but the ad lib is spontaneous and folksy and completely alien to the prayerfulness of Mass begun with the Entrance song, which actually begins the Mass. But you wouldn't know that because of the silly ad lib after it is sung and then the priest transitioning to actual prayer again by saying, "Let us BEGIN, In the Name of the Father..."!
3. Then after the greeting, there is another homily explaining what's coming up, like a tease on the Today Show. It is like a homily on the readings and this transitions us into the Penitential Act.
4. Then the homily is another laugh fest and a history of what happened to that particular priest during the last few days. Lots of laughing too!
5. Then after Communion, there is some more ad libbing and homilizing and the Final Blessing.
6. Some priests simply cannot bring themselves to actually bless the congregation without including themselves in the blessing and they even say it wrong! "May Almighty God bless US, In the Name of the Father and the Son..."
Even if contemporary, banal music in a Broadway style is used during the Mass, most unfortunate of course, but permissible currently, if the following suggestions are following the the priest-celebrant, at least the Mass can have some modicum of a proper celebration without the personality of the priest or congregation inflicted upon it:
1. Read the actual black print of the Mass and do what the red print tells you to do and don't ad lib.
2. Don't ad lib after the Entrance song and understand the entrance song begins the Mass (the Introit), not the Sign of the Cross!
3. Don't give additional homilies after the Entrance Song, after the in Greeting and After Holy Communion and certainly not after the Universal Prayer! Tell no jokes!
4. Don't let your personality get into the way and if humor is used, use it only during the homily and make sure it ties into the point of the homily. Tell no jokes that have nothing to do with anything after the Entrance chant, after the Greeting or after the Prayer after Holy Communion!
5. Make sure the altar is decorated in the pre-Vatican II way as Pope Francis allows and seem to require even when celebrating the Liturgy of the Eucharist toward the congregation. Use actual ad orientem if possible for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
6. Use tasteful vestments, not cheap and banal if modern, and not gaudy if traditional.
7. Get rid of all music that is of the Folk Genre and its current offspring.
8. Get rid of OCP disposable hymnal, in fact get rid of OCP!
9. Chant the Official Introit, Offertory and Communion antiphons even if other songs are chosen to supplement these, no matter what style of music is chosen, even the banal!
10. Priests, don't ad lib, read the black and do the red. Again, priests don't ad lib, give multiple homilies, be folksy or use your own words. Don't do that, I repeat don't do that!
Pope Francis shows or models the way for priests to celebrate the Mass even when banal, Folk music from the 1960's is selected for the Mass with tambourines and all, oh, the nostalgia of it all. This was at a Roman parish yesterday, Sunday, December 1st. Please note the pre-Vatican II altar arrangement:
And Pope Benedict in Roman parishes and the continuity between him and his successor!