March 17, 2011

If you can’t remember your own melody by tomorrow, it probably wasn’t that great of a melody to begin with. Read more

March 16, 2011

Just to clarify so no rumors get started, this is ONLY an IDEA. I have no information to the effect that Wayne Haun is planning to make a solo album in the near future. This is all coming out of my head. Okay, now that we’ve established that, I was musing on this the other day when I found a 2-year-old online streaming episode of Ann Downing’s Reality Check with Wayne Haun as the guest. My favorite parts were when… Read more

March 14, 2011

Some voices are what you might call cookie-cutter voices—if you’ve heard one, you’ve heard them all. Not George Younce. You could peg that voice a mile off. Why? Because even when George wasn’t talking to you, he was talking to you. His voice was like that of an old friend—warm and welcoming. In the words of Statler Brothers bass Harold Reid, “It said hello to you.” And once you heard it, you never forgot it. This project features ten of… Read more

March 13, 2011

“Tolerance today means that you believe something different from what I believe, and we can both be right. Isn’t that amazing? We can both be right!” *** I think I’ll call this “Surprise Sunday.” On Sunday, if I choose to post at all, anything can happen. You might drop by to find a powerful scene from a classic film (see last week), a funny Youtube video, a devotional thought, thoughts on the culture, or perhaps a bit of great music… Read more

March 10, 2011

As promised, here is my review of Signature Sound’s March 5th concert in Grand Rapids, MI. Below is a slideshow of images from beginning to end of the concert. Feel free to browse through, pick out your favorites, and tell me about them! [slideshow] The show took a little while to get started, but they had a special deal going at the beginning where they put together Stand By Me Live CD/DVD, Great Love, self-titled, and the new George Younce… Read more

March 8, 2011

I thought my readers might enjoy the little conversation I had with fresh bass singer Ian Owens this past Saturday. He was very generous with his time, and I can now speak from experience that he is a great guy as well as a great singer. Enjoy! *** Me: How did “The Old Rugged Cross” become a sugar stick for you—how did that happen? Ian: Basically, it’s one of Ernie’s favorite hymns, and he said that he enjoyed my heart… Read more

March 7, 2011

This past Saturday, I caught up with Doug Anderson in Grand Rapids. I also caught up with Ian Owens (look for that interview later!) Doug shared a little bit about his upcoming solo record, which I thought might interest my readers. (By the way, this sweet sepia shot is just one of many great shots I took from the concert. Look for a slideshow of those later—there are 60-some of them. [Update: See slideshow and concert review here.]  Some of… Read more

March 6, 2011

“Go back to your church!” “Boys, this is my church! And if you don’t think Christ is down here on the waterfront, you’ve got another guess coming.” *** I hinted at this on the “About” page, but I’m giving full warning now: I’m a classic movie buff, and us classic movie buffs, we’re a little strange. We bring up old movies and start quoting things and drag them into places where they don’t seem to belong just because they are… Read more

March 4, 2011

Tomorrow I will be in Grand Rapids seeing Signature Sound in concert for the second time. The first time I saw them was last summer with Tim, so this will be my first look at the new bass singer, Ian Owens. After seeing some clips of Ian around the web, I am very impressed with his voice, and I feel that he is just as good as Tim in his own way (which I really wasn’t expecting, to be honest!) … Read more

March 2, 2011

Brian Crout is setting up a tournament of quartet singers over on southerngospelcritique that looks to be great fun for us quartet geeks. I plan to hop over and cast my votes in the coming days. Brian will create head-to-head matchups of tenors, leads, baritones and basses, and whichever one gets the most votes will proceed to the next round. The four who make it all the way to the end are the championship quartet. As I write this, I… Read more

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