Hi moonshoes, I'm not feeling argumentative either and I find myself wondering what hymns specifically you are thinking of. I'm a life long Catholic from before Vatican II and I remember the incredible joy of singing "to everything there is a season" when it was a popular song on the radio in the mid-60's.
I wonder what, if any, hymns are affected by the changes in the Missal...I know the responses have to be re-written, but are the actual "hymns" affected? Are there beloved songs that Catholic people are hoping to hear that they have been missing? Are there songs that will need to be dropped for some reason?
We don't have an organ at our church, but we have piano, harp, drums, flute, guitar, mandolin, and.... as well as a healthy and involved music ministry. Our Music Minister has been known to remind people during the announcements before Mass that Rome *requires* our sung response during Mass, so the congregation does indeed "make a joyful noise."
There was quite a kerfluffle when changes were made after Vatican II. I'll not soon forget the day that Father Murphy refused communion to a woman whose head was uncovered....yup, after the Mass was in English. Arguments over whether the Mass was a sufficient sacrifice if the church was air conditioned (no kidding). Loud arguments about whether the Vatican was overstepping by allowing standing at the altar rail.
Of course, all these arguments over form completely missed the mis-administration going on moving criminal priests around from one parish to the next. If only we'd known, perhaps we'd not have been so distracted.
The changes seem minor, reverting back to more accurate translations in some cases, less accurate in others. Some people will delightedly embrace them, some reluctantly, some not at all. But we'll continue to cling together as a Church family, loving each other in all our differences and foibles.