I’ve got some writing deadlines in the real world that will continue to compete with my time online, but here is some stuff that’s been afoot lately in my quasi-absence this week.
- David Bruce Murray is now polling for the most popular song of the 1970s and 1980s, respectively. Taking a poll sure beats working on a Friday.
- Judged solely by DBM’s list, the 1970s really may be the best decade for southern gospel songwriting. I mean, I may change my mind if I were to see a list of songs from the 60s, and I’m probably running the risk of falling into good-ole-daysism anyway, but can anyone honestly look at the the first decade of this century, for instance, and see any comparison to the breadth, depth, and originality of the music from the 70s?
- From the 1980s: “Is That Footsteps I hear” has to be right up there among the most cringe-inducing grammatical errors in music. There is poetic license in lyrics, and then there is just plain ole call-an-editor-immediately, get-out-the-red-pen wrong.
- Over at
Mt. Listmoresoutherngospeblog, Daniel Mount’s self-imposed edict to only say positive things often gives his blog the feel of a gospel music Truman Show (while at other times it’s like an Annie’s Pretzel Shop over there when he ties himself up in knots trying to smack someone down while staying ever “positive”). But in case you missed it, check out his sharp-eyed insights on this Perrys clip from the Dove Awards. Good stuff on Troy Peach and showmanship.
- You know, I don’t know if Phillip Hughes really left the Kingsmen last month in order to spend more time with his family, as he claimed, or not. But (re)joining another group just a few weeks later really undercuts the credibility of the claim. If all the people in the world of politics and entertainment who ever justified a job change with this worn-out piece of broken-down PR furniture really wanted to spend more time with their families, they’d get jobs that didn’t require them to be gone from home hundreds of days out of the year. In Hughes’s cases, the press release seems to try to get out in front of this little inconsistency by stressing that the Harvesters do “approximately 130 select concerts” a year (translation: fewer than that big ole slave-drivin’ meany Ray Dean!), but then if getting a job with fewer gigs was the motivating factor for leaving the Kingsmen in the first place, why not just say that? Take it away, DBM.
- Finally, this video of Gold City spoofing “God Bless the Broken Road” has been making the rounds this week. Musicscribe already beat me to the snark here, noting how nice it is to finally hear a version of the song that doesn’t require massive pitch correction. The only other thing I’d note is that the GC guys seem to be having a lot more fun doing this gag than they do in a lot of their concerts, unless this is/was a portent of things to come.