Saturday News Roundup #20

Stories from the week:

  • The Talley Trio asked for input from fans on their next album’s cover. Input they got, in a landslide: There were four options, and virtually all the fans preferred the picture of the group together. [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.] The other three covers had separately posed pictures. I doubt fans of the Talley Trio are alone; there is probably a decided preference this way in Southern Gospel, that industry insiders perhaps never knew. It seems to be one of those “ye have not because ye ask not” things; now we know. It would be interesting to see if this trend holds for other groups.
  • I recently posted an announcement of the Southern Gospel Discussions blog. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is down and has been deleted.] After only two posts, it seems to have been deleted. Does anyone know if it’s been moved?
  • The software engineer who invented Melodyne, the auto-tuning software that makes vocals sound more perfect than they really are, has developed an even more interesting invention, Direct Note Access. It seems he has found a way to break recorded sound picked up off of one microphone into separate files of the the individual notes played. Here’s the story [UPDATE, 6/16/13: Broken link removed.] Who knows what impact this could have on the recording process, but it could be interesting to watch.

I made one change to the blog’s categories: Under CD reviews, I created subcategories for each rating, so it’s easier to pull up all (say) 5-star reviews, or all 3-star reviews. I don’t have every review I’ve ever done categorized in that way, since I didn’t start rating them until fairly recently.

Scheduled upcoming CD reviews (dates subject to change):

  • Aug. 15 – I Just Wanted You to Know (Kim Hopper)
  • Aug. 22 – How Great It Is (Inspirations)
  • Aug. 29 – Help is On the Way (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)

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  1. Looking for Christian lyrics for O Sole Mio. Came out several years ago as a male solo, heard it sung on the radio. Can anyone help me?

  2. Thank you for your quick response. I’ll keep hoping someone will see this that knows the lyrics and will respond.

  3. Not what I’m looking for, Meagan, but thanks for responding. With the Christian lyrics, it seems the “chorus” began (strongly), “Oh, He’s my Savior, I love Him so, etc.” Can’t remember any more than that. Help?

  4. I found my song! Jimmy Blackwood e-mailed me the title. It’s “Down From His Glory” and it’s all over Youtube.com, even an 85-year-old Bill Shaw singing it solo. James Blackwood and the Blackwood Brothers recorded it in 1979 on their album, “Live from Music City USA.” Thanks to everyone!

    • Great!

      Now I know that song! I just didn’t know the connection.