A slow week, no? Or maybe it’s just my near total immersion in footnotes that’s blinding me to everything else in the world. Anyway, let’s see what we missed.
- The more or less complete NQC schedule is out (h/t, Burke). I just scanned it very quickly so I’m sure I’ve missed plenty of interesting tea leaves to be read, but two things did stand out: no McKameys on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and the Song of a Lifetime showcase is back. I was at the first one of these showcases and was never as blown away as Phil Cross told us (over and over in countless emails) we should have been but whatever. I’m not the target audience for this stuff. Still: how many songs of a lifetime - a lifetime, mind you - can there be for a writers out there in the sg world, really? At some point, this concept is going to lose its valence.
- Following up on my earlier post about David Phelps, Phil has some DIY clips of Phelps’s Ulster Hall concert.
- Scott Fowler is putting his weight behind a new group called the Freedom Singers, who seem to be leveraging their debut heavily on having fled Romania in search of religious freedom and undergone some pretty extreme ordeals in the process. I think I see why Fowler is backing them, but also I think these guys got some bad advice from whoever told them the best way to tell their story was to hit the road as singers. As one reader put it in comments: “No disrespect to their story, but once you’ve heard it, and the singing doesn’t cut the muster, how many would actually go see them again?”
- David Bruce Murray rounds up some new Christmas music.
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