1. Alas, dear readers, “Songs from My Butt” has been lost to the ages.
2. Everyone once in a while, famous people post comments here. And then sometimes their children do too. Thus Madison Easter, eldest child of Jeff and Sheri, in a recent comment, quoting another commenter’s remark:
“…but I want her being a third of a trio or a fourth of a quartet, not a background singer. If it were not for the fact that she and her husband get to travel together and that Jeff and Sheri have strong ties with Gaither (and thus bigger paychecks), I would venture to say that Charlotte would be elsewhere.”
I read this to her…she thought it was hillarious.
It is honestly entertaining to us (people who actually get on the stage) how all of you think you really do have knowledge in SG just by attending a few shows and watching the videos…Whenever I talk to any artist that reads this site (more than you’d think) they just say “Well..these people must know more about me more than I do”…it’s always followed by a laugh…Ha ha
Oh yeah…just a personal opinion, but I don’t really enjoy playing in suits, it’s not very easy to do with a guitar (unless you take off your jacket and roll up your sleeves…and that, to me, kind of negates the entire purpose of wearing a suit) and I’m only 18…I don’t know if it gets on anyone else’s nerves but like I said, this is just a personal opinion, but it really gets on my nerves to see young people dressing in suits that you can tell they are not dressing that way by there on will. (I’m sure Doug or someone else can find a lot of things wrong with my little “rant” but when grammar is your only weapon…you’ve got to use what you have)
You guys keep doing what you do….I’m sure you do SOMETHING productive elsewhere
Ok. I’ll bite (it’s what I do when I’m not being productive elsewhere): reading this, I was reminded (as I have been in the past by comments of other children of the famous and powerful) of that old comment about George Bush Senior being born on third and thinking he hit a triple.
Now, Madison Easter is a much better musician than any Bush has ever been a president; let’s be clear about that. But what exactly does Easter think Charlotte Ritchie, who is employed by his parents, is going to say when Junior strolls up and essentially presents her with an opportunity to say she wishes she had a bigger role vocally in The Easters line up (for the record, I think she should, as I said here)? Why yes, Madison, even though it’s a steady gig that lets me travel with my family, I really do feel my talents are being frittered away backing up two singers - your parents - to whom I am vocally superior. D’ya think you can help me out with that? … Now that, my friends, is hilarious.
3. Kyle Boering’s post on group’s airbrushing their history reminded me of one bit of collateral damage done by letting artists’ PR be the primary record of southern gospel’s development: incomplete and/or revisionist history. I’ve long wished some tenured professor of some Appalachian university somewhere would convince his (or her) dean or provost to create and endow a cultural history center devoted to the study and preservation of white gospel music as an art form and expression of American culture … work in collaboration with the existing museums and foundations, the hall of fame, of course … collaborate with living legends and families and estates to properly build (or at least work toward) a comprehensive archive of primary source material from the past and present of southern gospel music (for example, in almost any other form of American folk or vernacular music, the death of someone as prominent as, say, George Younce, would have been preceded by negotiations with an institutional library or other formal archive somewhere for custodianship of what is commonly called “personal papers” but basically means every artifactual scrap or scintilla related to Younce as an artist that might help someone somewhere sometime in some place better understand how he shaped and was shaped this music). So, how ‘bout it … anybody got a nice round six or seven-figure sum burning a whole in a pocket somewhere?
4. Obviously, the devil’s in the details, but the line-up of writers here suggests I may get to eat some crow whenever the Perrys new album is released. May. Which, of course, I’ll be all too happy to do, should the final product warrant it. And wow … Joseph Habedank really has lost some weight. Good for him.