May 7, 2011

Hey guys, some of you will remember that I did a little “review” of Doug Anderson’s brand-new project before it actually came out. Well, now that I have my hands on it, I decided to add a few extra thoughts in brackets here and there. I really didn’t have all that much to add, but there were some more thoughts I had and details I picked up on in a full listen that I wanted to share. I have also… Read more

May 6, 2011

When I first started the blog, I promised a series in which I looked at some key moments in my discovery of southern gospel music. After providing my first entry on Wes Hampton’s duet of “It is Well” with Steve Green, I promptly left the series hanging and gave you no more installments. With my semester wrapped up, I’m going to (try to!) make up for that in the coming weeks. Here then, for your enjoyment, is part two of… Read more

May 4, 2011

When it comes to critiquing tenor singers, I can be a stinker. In fact, sometimes I can be downright evil. However, you may all rest assured that I will withhold some of my more bitingly sarcastic remarks from this context, because some things just shouldn’t see the light of day. 🙂 But the fact remains that I am mercilessly tough on tenors. To illustrate, I didn’t even like Ernie Haase when I first heard him, and you all know how… Read more

May 2, 2011

Some time ago, I e-mailed this video of Gus Gaches singing “I Stand Redeemed” to my dad. He wrote back and said, “If this is southern gospel, then I’m a southern gospel fan.” But recently, this conversation took place between Dad and Mom…and inspired this post: [Mom, sitting in the living-room happily listening to a Gaither Homecoming Hymns Cracker Barrel special, is interrupted after the first three tracks by Dad, who had hitherto been working in another room.] Dad: What… Read more

April 29, 2011

Time for some fun. To all of you who are lamenting the loss of the live band in southern gospel, I present some sympathy from the Muppet Show. In which Dudley Moore announces that he won’t be needing the band anymore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEJRgS6VTB4 And I could not leave out the follow-up, in which Floyd and Animal come backstage and interrupt Dudley to “reason” with him concerning the new Music And Mood Management Apparatus. Animal makes a particularly  convincing argument: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL-Hikr0hMg Zak… Read more

April 28, 2011

Another new series, this one like Daniel’s “Encore.” I look at songs sung by a gospel group that deserve to be revived, and you tell me whether you agree with my ideas about who should revive them, or not. We’ll start with a song by the Imperials. Now the Imperials sort of went all over the map, sonically speaking. They started off very traditional with Jake Hess, and they did some great work there.  But after some member shifts, they… Read more

April 24, 2011

Alleluja, he is risen. *** “Seven Stanzas at Easter” by John Updike Make no mistake: if He rose at all it was as His body; if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules reknit, the amino acids rekindle, the Church will fall. It was not as the flowers, each soft Spring recurrent; it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled eyes of the eleven apostles; it was as His Flesh: ours. The same hinged thumbs and… Read more

April 22, 2011

Today I thought I would present three songs of the cross that have moved me in honor of Good Friday. I suspect that while a number of my readers may have heard one or two of them, not many have heard all. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and contemplate all three at some point today. Each song features a tenor soloist, and as it happens, these are probably my three favorite tenors: Steve Green, Matthew Ward, and… Read more

April 21, 2011

Why? It’s a simple question, but sometimes there isn’t much of an answer in sight. Many people think that’s sufficient reason not to believe in God. I wonder if they realize that Jesus Christ asked the very same question. When he took our sin upon him and was separated from the Father, he cried out asking, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” And when he was in the garden of Gethsemane, he asked that God might let the cup pass from… Read more

April 20, 2011

The gmctv team has put up their predictions for this year’s Dove Awards, and several have put in their bids in the southern gospel category. For vocalist of the year, senior editor Andy Argyrakis is rooting for Jason Crabb, saying, “He can sing country, soul, southern gospel and pop, nailing each note out of the park no matter what the style,” while managing editor Jenny Bennett has fingered out Doug Anderson: I’m going out on the limb here to say… Read more

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