Southern Gospel Perspective

My thoughts and opinions about Southern Gospel Music, both past and present. Feel free to comment and criticize...

Location: United States


Back in the Swing

Well, here I am. After the passing of George, I felt the need to leave my simple but heartfelt tribute to him up for several days. There is/was nothing that I could write that would add anything to what everyone else has said. George will indeed be missed here, but if Heaven could get any better, George will be the one to do it. Well Glory!

Some recent happenings:

The SGN Music Awards were handed out the other day. Congratulations to all the winners. Some of my favorites from the list were: Gold City with Male Group, Producers (Danny and Doug), and traditional SG album (is it still an album?) ... Booth Brothers with best live performer (they are exciting to see) ... Perrys with best traditional SG song (I Wish I Coulda Been There). One I don't understand is the tie between Mercy's Mark and Christlike. Probably just because I lead a sheltered existence?

The Singing News Fan Awards discussion here and here is interesting. Probably very few surprises in this list. The one thing I continue to ponder is the absence of Gaither and the GVB from these awards. It would be interesting to KNOW the reason for this. I find it highly doubtful that they don't get enough nominations, but I guess anything is possible. The more likely scenario is they are deemed ineligible for one reason or another. But again, it would be nice to KNOW.

As far as some of my choices, you can see a list here.

Kirk Talley. The buzz, furor, and frenzy has died down somewhat (thankfully). It seems to me that if I were Kirk (I'm not) and I had been through all that Kirk has been through the last several months and years, I would want to not make ANY waves, especially on a website that is open to the general public. Whether it is fair or not (probably not), people are going to make the worst of anything slightly controversial. While I don't believe that Kirk is a racist, I do think he would have to be very naive not to recognize how the sign(with the KKK highlighted) would be perceived and the feelings that it would generate. As Harold Timmons and others note, just remove the picture and don't try to continue and agitate the situation with another "cute" caption.

That's all for now. Let me know your opinion!


George Younce

February 22, 1930 - April 11, 2005

Tears will never stain the streets of That City.

There are sure going to be a lot of wet streets down here today, though.


What's Happening?

Around the web in SG...

Tim Greene is still having some very difficult health issues, everyone please pray for him and his family. Tim has been through so much for so long, God Bless you Tim.

Triumphant Quartet (formerly Integrity Quartet) has announced their new website, fortunately today it is back in business! The discussion at Avery about the VERY obvious avoidance of the fact that several (TQ) members are former members of The Kingdom Heirs is very interesting. The whole scenario seems a bit absurd to me. As Avery says, it is a FACT that they were members of TKH, so why not just say so?

As you can see over at SouthernGospelNews, Mike LeFevre has reformed his group One Voice. Mike is a good singer and one of my favorites from the early (-ish) Gold City days. Good luck to One Voice.

The Singing News chart debacle... See Avery for more information, but apparently some radio stations are not reporting their airplay accurately. This basically undermines their entire charting system if they can't rely on radio stations to honestly report. Otherwise you run into the manipulation situation that seems to have occurred. It seems to me that there has to be a better way to chart songs. I know SouthernGospelNews has a weekly chart that is partially based on fan voting. This is certainly more current, but still not very "scientific".