Finishing the Race
Some captivating footage from a recent celebration of singing-convention mainstay Charles Towler’s 50th year in gospel music (h/t, SS). The sound isn’t great, but seriously, who cares? There are not one but TWO Phillipses - Eloise and Tracey - at the keyboards (the former on the Hammond, the latter on the piano) for the performance of one of Towler’s songs, “When I Finish the Race.” Indeed, I think I got saved listening to the organ alone, which just makes you wanna run somewhere.
If you want more convention-singing fix, make sure to get a copy of Stephen Shearon and Mary Nichols’ just-released documentary, “I’ll Keep On Singing,” which prominently features the Phillipses and Towler, among others, talking about and performing convention music. My copy just arrived in the mail this week, and I screened it in my Gospel Music and American Lit course Thursday. It was a big hit. My students wanted to do some singing afterwards! More information on how to score a copy of the documentary is here.
Update: Steve Shearon writes to note that there are dozens of other videos from the Towler Anniversary celebration now up on youtube. Among them, Stan Whitmire (an Eloise Phillips protege) and more Tracey Phillips mastery. Steve particularly recommends this clip of Towler’s “signature” tune, which apparently had quite an impact at the event:Email this Post