The Power & Pathos of the Pentatonic scale
Or, as Wentley Phipps puts it elsewhere in this Gaither/Homecoming appearance, where he tells a story about the black-and-white origins of “Amazing Grace,” “just the black notes.” If you haven’t already seen it, it’s worth watching, especially for his evocative lecture/sermon/set up. I have no idea how solid his music history or musicology is, but it’s a great story.
And: this may be the first time that Gaither has gotten such a high-profile billing on one of the blogosphere’s most-read blogs. Granted, Sullivan doesn’t seem to know what he’s dealing with, but then that could be said of most outsiders’ encounter with gospel music, no?
Spoiler: For those who don’t mind reality getting in the way of Phipps’ fantasy, see David Bruce Murray’s fact-checking on the “Amazing” story Phipps tells.Email this Post