Oh Avery where art thou?
Does it count that in the long long time since I last posted that I’ve been keeping a running tab of things of write about when I DO get time to write? Prolley not, I suppose. And I assume it won’t help that I’m only posting now to say I don’t know when I’ll get to post substantively next. One thing that’s been taking up my time lately, among many things, is a paper on southern gospel music that I presented at an academic conference in the south a few days ago. I was pleasantly surprised to find the paper well received by a room full of people without any real familiarity with sg. And though I’ve missed avfl, it has been a rare pleasure to immerse myself in the scant but interesting academic literature out there that addresses itself to southern gospel as a worthy object of critical study. Anyway, I’ll be back at some point soon, I promise. In the meantime and apropos of nothing much else but music in general, let me recommend my new favorite musical obsession (NFMO) at the moment: the opera megastar Renee Fleming covering jazz standards. NFMO No. 2 is Fleming’s other non-opera album, Haunted Heart. Not that I don’t like her operatic work. I do. But her foray into pop and jazz is tres good stuff. Until the new Perrys project comes out (or the Crabbs release an opera album), this will have to do.Email this Post