I’ll have to be more or less away from the blogospheric side of life for the next week or so, so you know what that means: talk amongst yourselves. Some things to get us started.
- Reader BM thinks he’s spotted a trend:
It seems to me that it’s becoming popular these days to send out emails or post web articles soliciting money for new wheels for your group. Singing News covered the Legacy5 transmission repair fund a few months back, and Scott Fowler sent out an email blast more than once asking for people to give so they could raise $12,000 for a new transmission. More recently, the Toney Brothers have asked on their website for people to send in money, $20,000, so they can buy a used bus from a church. When did gospel groups stop budgeting for bus repair and replacement and expect us to ante up? It’s no different than churches who ask for a special offering to raise money for some sudden repair that is needed, such as a new roof. It seems to me, that is one is budgeting their weekly income properly, then maintenance and eventual replacement becomes a line item in the budget. Individuals don’t have the luxury of saying “Well shoot, I need a new engine. I want my friends to each give me 10 bucks”. Individuals are responsible for creating proper budgets that cover these costs. Why are gospel groups any different as of late?
- I’ll write more about this later, I promise, but right now my favorite album is easily the Tennesseans (the mid-century quartet, not the folks currently performing under that name), Golden Favorites. I’ve got a third-hand copy (LP to cassette to mp3) and the sound - just vocals and piano - still holds up astonishingly well, full and rich and so well formed. The “classic quartet” tradition is too often reflexively assumed to be always already good even when it’s mediocre at best, but this Tennesseans stuff … it’s gold, Jerry. Gold!
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