Regarding the Top 10
Finalists in categories for the SN Fan Awards are out and one of Avery’s longtime correspondents passed along this reflection on the Top 10 nominees for Song of the Year:
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I’ve heard one of them for sure only because I played it for a guy at church a few weeks back and had to listen to the CD (a somewhat painful experience) in order to learn it. I might have heard “I Thirst”, but maybe I only think I have because I’ve heard Ernie sing it on the other recording – not sure.
That I live within radio/TV coverage of a medium to large metropolitan area in the Southeastern US, attend 50-60% of the concerts in my area (you can usually find at least one a month), and have absolutely no familiarity with any of these songs; speaks volumes about the state of the bidness. Or at least a chapter or three.
Granted, I need more musical variety in my life than what would make up a weak set list in Louisville in September; but I really do try to listen to southern gospel music – it’s just not available.