NQC 10: “I Stand Redeemed”
Reader MM locates a handheld video of Josh Cobb and Gold City reprising Cobb’s signature tune during his debut with L5 ten years ago:
Via MM, a few thoughts
1. Daniel Riley asked Scott Fowler if they could sing this song. Good thing he said yes or the brand new track and stacked vocals would have been a complete waste.
2. Cobb’s cryptic words before he sings point to some truth about the rumors of his time between L5 and GC.
3. After the second chorus there is this awkward pause in the momentum of the song that leads to a horrible modulation that Cobb and the rest of the guys seem to completely botch. Seems like someone was listening to Phelps sing “Let Freedom Ring” and thought, “Hey let’s do that in a completely disjointed way.”
4. I guess GC will be staging this song in their live shows, and probably will be on a recording soon.
This strikes me as just about right. Things really start to deteriorate around the 2:35 mark, and, as MM notes, fall completely apart in the modulation. Cobb is undoubtedly gifted, and that comes through clearly in this clip, and yet there’s still an unsteadiness to the vocal delivery here and his body language that left me cringing and wincing throughout. I felt like I was watching a Jan Brewer debate.
As an aside, this clip gives you a sense of how down attendance is. I’d say fewer than half the empty seats you can see in the upper deck here were filled last night.Email this Post