Not so fast, a reader says in response to my thoughts on the Best of Ivan Parker.
Don’t confuse a set of video presentations of the artist at Gaither tapings with the actual artist. Ivan actually does perform live very differently. He often has live piano, guitar, and saxophone, mixed in with tracks. He’s actually one of the few attempting to get back to live music.
he really is a great singer. If you haven’t seen him do a whole show on his own, you should. He sings dynamically and powerfully for usually 2 hour-long sets. He really does captivate audiences. He mixes and matches songs for that particular audience on the fly as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. He rarely misses a note. And I’ve heard he’s one of the few singers that is able to come into the studio and record large pieces of songs on the first take. He has a great voice and great control. AND,
This is one of the problems with the Gaither stuff. He produces & controls & chooses songs and arrangements so that what you get is Bill rather than the artist. You do not get to see the “in-show”, real, version of the artist.
Point taken, especially about the Homecoming tour giving you its artists through the lens of Gaither’s vision and control.
Some artists and labels have complained for years that the Homecoming tour eroded demand for sg both in particular (why go see Ivan Parker by himself if you can see him with Gaither plus all these other folks?) and in general (why go see any average two or even three artists in concert when you can see a dozen Homecoming Friends?).
But one of the less well understood or acknowledged, and probably more pernicious, effects of Gaitherization in southern gospel is the homogenizing of artistic talent and audience expectations.Email this Post