Quote of the day
In responding to my Harmony Honors post and the ensuing discussion, one of my favorite readers, CVH, includes this wonderful story and correlative conclusion.
I remember being at the CMA (Christian Booksellers Association) convention in 1976 when Benson hosted a concert one night and they trotted out all the top artists on their roster then. Bob Benson was the M.C. In his gentle, self-deprecating way, he started things off by saying something to the effect that if a speaker blew up or a light fell on somebody they’d “know they were at something Benson put together.”
Nothing blew up or fell down and the concert was decidedly marginal, but I’m sure the mom and pop bookstore owners from Bozeman, MT were thrilled to hear Paul Downing ingest his mic while trying to hit a low F.
Who knows what the point of these things really is? You can’t rely on the southern gospel fans to demand higher quality; a certain percentage would show up for Uncle Flapjack playing “I Saw The Light” on his musical saw. The standards have to be set at the top, in the organizations, promoters and groups that are the hub of the southern gospel music business. Until that happens, stuff like this will be par for the course.
There’s a lot of other good stuff in CVH’s full comment. Read the whole thing.Email this Post