AVFL and SN
No, you haven’t gone crazy. At least not if you assume you’d have to be insane to see Avery’s byline in the Singing News. I indeed have a short piece on blogging and gospel music in the March issue (thanks to all of you who have emailed to comment on the article). It’s a modest debut, to be sure, but it says alot about how far the magazine has come in the last few years that it’s willingly and eagerly inviting new voices from outside the old inner circle to provide content (not just mine, of course; David Bruce Murray, for instance, started reviewing in the SN recently). Diversifying the writing pool is, I think, evidence of a much broader influence of the magazine’s new publisher, as well as a general reinvigoration within the ranks of the existing magazine staff in the post-Templeton era (see Jerry Kirskey’s column in January’s issue, as just one of the more notable examples of what I mean).
On a personal note, I should say that Danny Jones was one of the most pleasant and collaborative editors I’ve ever written for. Not quite all the swords have been beaten into ploughshares, and I haven’t seen any invitations to “The Lion and The Lamb” square dances in Boone yet. But the SN’s rapprochement with … well, some of the rest of the world seems to me like a good reason to be hopeful.
On an unrelated note: I’ve been traveling for work and will be through the rest of week; thus the light blogging.Email this Post