Happy Friday! Here’s some stuff I’ve missed in the past few days.
- I have a piece up at Religion Dispatches about coming out in Christian music, keyed off Jennifer Knapp’s recent announcement.
- There are some Aaron Crisler photos of the SGMG concert at GMA week up over at Judy Nelon’s GospelMusicUpdate site.
- I normally don’t do death-and-dying items here, since the Singing News and Daniel Mount pretty much have the market cornered in this regard, but I would like to note the death of Priscilla McGruder, who died yesterday after a very long ordeal with cancer that almost anyone who listened to them for any amount of time probably knows about. The McGruders are from Kennett, Mo., not too far from some of the places I grew up, and so I have a particular fondness for them as fellow southern Missouri folk. They were also some of the first hard-driving, fast moving, emotionally sock-it-to-you gospel groups I was exposed to as a kid in my formative years as a gospel music fanboy, and though the spirit can move them to places in performances I’d rather not go sometimes, I’ve always loved the warmblooded immediacy of their style, the way they make you know how urgent the song has been and always will be for people with gospel in their bones. Priscilla McGruder was 61.
- Wow. Somebody went a little overboard with the photoshopping here, nes cafe? But then again, I guess this is just the visual equivalent of the conspicuously piped in applause tracks on their last live album.
- David Bruce Murray says “My Name is Lazarus” is/was the song of the 1990s.
- Really, the two Blackwood groups out there right now remind me of that Seinfeld episode where Jerry dates the girl who looks good (or at least presentable) in some lights and not so good in others. It’s weird, and kinda confusing to boot.
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