Ivan Parker and other thoughts
The extended-commercial version of Gaither’s Best of Ivan Parker was on the Jesus channel this evening, so I watched a bit of it. I confess that most southern gospel soloists leave me cold. I mean, isn’t one of the main points of this music the (useful fiction of) live harmony? If I wanted to hear somebody sing with a tape, I could just go down to Larry Parrots karaoke night twice a week … with the added bonus that Sue Dodge and Jessy Dixon probably won’t be there.
Ok, Ivan Parker is not your average karaoke singer, but we knew that long before he launched off on his own. No, his success as a soloist says more about the southern gospel cult of nostalgic personality (in this case, nostalgia for the memory of a certain formation of Gold City ca 1990) and Parker’s shrewdness as a bidnessman than it does about his musical ability per se. Which is to say, the most entertaining part of his Best-of video might be watching his hair
piece change … and yet stay eerily the same.
Blah blah blah … I saw somewhere that Parker will be featured on Janet Paschal’s next cd, on which she will cover old Nelons tunes. Woohoo for Nelons nostalgia. Seriously.
It’s also smart of everyone involved to capitalize on Parker’s and Paschal’s Gaither fame and position them as the next generation of Homecoming friends worthy of the wingback chairs. And/but surely Kelly Nelon will be included on this recording, right? I mean, she’s a Vine artist too. And I think all the Nelonites out there would respond enthusiastically. Plus, Vine obviously already knows the value of creatively combining leading ladies of gospel music. So more girl power, I say.Email this Post