Friday round up
Even though it’s been forever since I posted, it feels like I never left, since you’ve kept me and the interns hopping with comments-approvals. So without further
adieu (doh) ado: from the better late than never file comes some stuff that I’ve been keeping track of on the back of a napkin the last little while and I wished I could have noted but haven’t had time until now to do so.
1. On balance, it looks like the man who tried to blackmail Kirk Talley has suffered a lot less than Talley himself in the aftermath of the 2003 extortion ordeal. From Knoxnews.com:
Farmer was ordered to pay Talley $100,000 as restitution for the hundreds of thousands Talley lost in cancelled concerts and other financial fall-out from his outing.
Farmer, who lives in the Johnson City area, has paid Talley less than $1,500 and initially failed to show up for counseling he was ordered to undergo to deal with the “moral outrage” and anger about homosexuality that he said led him to blackmail Talley.
A warrant was filed against him for violating the conditions of his release. Although Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan deemed Farmer in violation at a hearing Tuesday, he turned aside [prosecutor] Mackie’s bid to imprison Farmer for a year.
“Mr. Mackie wants you in jail,” Jordan said. “Our jails are pretty full right now.”
Wonderful. And hat tip to whomever alerted me to this news a bit ago. I just can’t find the original email to thank you properly.
2. Do the Collingsworth Family’s shows really suffer noticeably for Daddy Phil’s propensity to belabor and prolong his introductions of his Von Trapp-sized family? If so, let’s hope Uncle Gaither gives Brother Collingsworth a lesson is the economies of emceeing.
3. Brenda Lee sings the classic quartet number “Have a Little Talk” … solo … on the new Gaither video? Oh. My. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages (until I read the idea of a “bloggers creed” … what’s next? An Honest Bush?). A solo “Have A Little Talk” is rather like … fill in the blank with your preferred punch line.
4. A horse is a horse, of course, of course and no can talk to a horse of course because of course we’re too busy laughing at that ridiculous full-frontal equine photo that Sherry Farmer used in the Singing News. All opposed, say Nayyyyhhh.
5. Here’s my vote for SGM Blog to resurrect himself in the sg blogosphere. If you remember his too-infrequent but usually trenchant and funny writing back in the blogging day, pop over and tell him so.
6. It’s official. The SongGarden label is now the corporate soundtrack for the Jerry Falwell hagiography society. Blech.
7. What won’t or doesn’t Claude Hopper sell and brand with some too-clever-by-half word play on the Hopper name? The
latest addition to the ten-year-old Hopper line of merchandise that I’m just now getting around to noticing (hat tip, RH): Hopperworx road cases. “Patent pending.”
8. Bonus Hoppers item: And the award for Rhetorical Flourish on a Newly Redesigned Website goes to …. The opening to the Hoppers bio:
The promise of complete victory is the foundation and cornerstone of any career in the Christian music field. Many talented vocalists and musicians step onto concert stages across the country each week: however, only the faithful and the devoted overcome the pressures of life on the road to delight in the bountiful blessings that are bestowed upon the faithful servant.
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