I’m traveling this morning and so am spending some quality time with my iPod. And you know what? Southern gospel singers need to articulate their consonants better. And if they can’t, won’t, or don’t know how, their producer needs to make them.
Just because it’s playing as I type this, I’ll use as an example the Perrys, “Until I Start Looking Ahead,” or as it’s sung: “until I start looking aheehhhhh.” Libbi Perry Stuffle on the verse: “a place where there’s joy, peace, and rehhhhh.”
And now the Hoppers are playing. “Its taste is sweeeeeee.” … “Calvary’s fountain will reach the barren soyyyyy.” And now Mark Lowry with GVB, “and then he drew me up to his syyy.” You get the idea.
I’m sure I’m hearing this more right now because the chorus I’ve joined is led by an artistic director who relentlessly dogs us (as she should) about properly articulating consonant endings. Now, gospel music isn’t choral singing and shouldn’t be judged by inapt metrics. And it is possible to overdo it (especially by lisping or sizzling your S’s, as JP Miller proved during First Love’s shortlived time together). But gospel singers could learn a little something from good chorus singing about carefully over-enunciating certain hard consonants at the end of key words and phrases so that important syllabic ideas are completely rendereduh.Email this Post