Singing Conventions and scholarship
Speaking of the singing convention tradition and Gaither, as I did in passing below, allow me to engage a little shameless self-promotion and mention this conference - Farther Along, a conference on southern gospel singing conventions - that Middle Tennessee State University is hosting in the spring of 08.
I’ll be presenting a paper titled “The Gaitherization of Convention Singing.” It’s part of a larger study of Gaither’s impact on sg that I’m working on, and I’m delighted to find a venue like this conference to test drive some of my ideas on the issue. This conference is especially interesting for the way it merges scholarly study with reflections on questions of praxis and methods from working artists in the field. Thus there are straightahead pieces of scholarship like mine and one, for instance, on ma and pa publishing, alongside a presentation by sg pianist extraordinaire Tracey Phillips on, naturally, the art of convention playing followed by a roundtable with convention style players.
I pass all this along fwiw. Slowly, it seems southern gospel music and culture is beginning to be taken seriously as object of scholarly study - and not a moment too soon.Email this Post