Blogging will continue to be somewhat sporadic for the next few weeks, so round-ups and updates will have to suffice for the most part.
- As you’ve probably seen by now, Eva Mae LeFevre has died. Tributes and notices here and here. And here’s a clip of her and the LeFevres in their prime. In addition to showcasing her bread-and-butter talent holding down a vocal and instrumental position with first-class tact, taste and reliability (the LFs were the UnGoodmans), the clip also highlights her uncommon gifts as a classic gospel player. In other words, be sure to watch it long enough to catch her turnarounds between verses. RIP, Eva Mae.
- Should gay gospel artists and other closeted professionals be forcibly outed? So suggests one reader. Perhaps he’s taking his cues from the new documentary Outrage, which attempts to out several conservative politicians who make anti-gay positions a mainstay of their political careers. In general, this seems like a bad idea no matter who’s doing the outing (as Emerson says, do your work and I’ll know you), but in any case, it’s interesting to watch people from very different camps go so far in either ideological direction that they end up meeting on more or less the same side.
- Roy Webb, Christian Davis, Archie Watkins (feel free to add your own names) … and now Steve Ladd. Enough soloists already. Honestly.