Quote of the day
Thus David Bruce Murray:
Sisters is a trio with remarkable singing abilities. It fascinates me that 800-1000 people in my region will buy a ticket and pack out an auditorium to see a group like the Chuck Wagon Gang or the Inspirations, but only 150-200 will come to a love offering concert to hear Sisters.
The comment comes in the context of this remarkable little tutorial the group posted on its website recently.
Notionally, the conceit here is that a lot of folks have asked for help singing the la-la-las with the accompaniment track for the Sisters’ song “I Can’t Keep From Singing.” But it’s just undiluted loveliness, managing to be full of that fascinating “how-the-sausage-is-made” insideriness and yet radiating with charm, brilliance, and intense musicality.
Update: I usually try to stay out of the comments threads, but I’m making an exception to address the apparent confusion that’s starting to flourish around my use of the word “conceit” in my comments above, a use that some readers are (wrongly) reading as a sideways swipe at Sisters. The thinking here seems to be that I can’t even say anything nice without getting off a pot shot along the way. I’m going to let that last part of the debate go for now and focus on this “conceit” issue. I suspect something got lost in translation here, mostly owing to the hazards of my day job and my failure to write more clearly. In literary criticism we speak of a “conceit” as a seemingly or apparently straightforward image or idea that governs a work of art and supports something larger or more important or complex or interesting. I used the word too loosely here as a shorthand way to say, essentially, that the video may have been notionally intended to demonstrate how to sing the la-la-las, but it actually is and does something far more complex and fascinating. But it’s not a bad thing, in any case, and no insult was intended. As I told one reader in an email, I assume this won’t prove very persuasive if you’re in no more mood to give the benefit of the doubt than some of these comment suggests. But really, I don’t think you can come away on balance from the post above with the feeling that I had some ulterior desire to take pot shots. Indeed, I think I have a pretty good track record of taking my pot shots head on. Now, may we please go back to talking about how great the Ruppe sisters are?Email this Post