Holiday Open thread
What’s going on in the southern gospel world? Let’s turn on the interwebs.
- The Gold City Dysfunction Tour continues, with tenor Chris Cooper gone just months after arriving. Daniel Riley couldn’t even muster up a “fair thee well”: “All I can say,” Riley is quoted in this morning’s ShowPrep as saying, “is that Chris Cooper is no longer with GC. We appreciate him filling a void for the past six months.” Goodness: Filling a void, huh? Because, you know, “we’re glad he had a pulse” might have seemed unkind and stuff. It’s getting so bad even Uncle Chuck Peters put a little dig in, noting wryly at the end of today’s ShowPrep bit on Cooper’s departure that he had called it his “dream job” when he accepted the offer six months ago. Dream on.
- Perhaps you’ve noticed the weather system that moved into southern gospel recently, media storm Aaron Minick. Honestly. What gives with the Aaron-Omnimedia phenomenon? Seems like every week I’m getting a press release or seeing a (barely) news item about this guy. Aaron has a new baby. Aaron croons “I’m a Fool I Want You.” Aaron is on Oprah. Aaron’s cd is on the shelf in Korea … now Brazil. (Next up, Kuala Lumpur!) Aaron’s got a Christmas song on iTunes. Eclecticism is one thing; needing a neck brace to sort through a singer’s press releases is another. A prominent (and talented) producer and songwriter I know speaks very highly of Minick, and that goes along way with me, but from the (admittedly limited) stuff I’ve heard so far, Minick seems to have given more time and thought to publicity than his style and niche.
- Via Burke, you can get your Those Were the Days fix with this old clip from one of the more perfect iterations of Perfect Heart. Burke’s right; the modulation is superb.
- A while back we were talking about new media and gospel music and tribalism and discussing what the future along these lines might look like. Here, I think, is the beginnings of an answer.
- I’m probably just the last to know or notice, but unless I’m reading the blurry date on this image incorrectly, the Singing News is getting a facelift, including a new logo design, in January 2010.
I’ll be traveling this weekend and away from the Avery Headquarters for the rest of year. Blogging will, necessarily, be sporadic. Until next time, Merry Christmas.Email this Post