34 Letters to the Editor

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  1. Thanks Daniel! Excellent way to start my day.

    • I would say so! What a performance!

  2. It is fun to hear this (especially with two ex Cathedrals members who had nothing to do with the original). Although I suppose Trammell could have sung it in concert or even recorded it prior to Fowler joining. I doubt it, but it is possible since that was the first album released with him.

    Now on to something else. Daniel, you know how certain bloggers use alliteration in their blog names (such as Burke’s Brainwork and Coomer Cove). I’m thinking you missed the boat on this one. You could have called this “Daniel’s Den”. Then again, people might not have wanted to hang out here lest their be any lions here. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or they might not believe this site is truthful as their might be some lion around here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I’ve seen the Mark Trammell Quartet twice in the past few months, and both times they have sung “Wedding Music”. I don’t know if they’re thinking about putting it on a table project or something, but they do a great job with it. They sing it with just piano and bass, like the video here.

    • q-m – I’m amused – but that domain was already taken, as of 2003! I am delighted with the one I got, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

      The “two ex Cathedrals members who had nothing to do with the original” is the angle that caught my eye immediately. But then the power of the performance was what sealed it – that this was in the “must pass along” category!

      Brian – fascinating!

      • I just saw from Mark’s newsletter that they are wrapping up a table project of “some of his favorite songs”. I would not be surprised if “Wedding Music” was on it. They’ve also been singing “Old Convention Song”, “Hallelujah, I’m Going Home”, “Gentle Shepherd”, and the last time I saw them, “Statue of Liberty”. I’ve got no “inside information”, but logic says to look for those songs. I could be totally wrong.

      • That’s very logical. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Darn. I could have named mine “Yankee Yappings.” ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. There’s a great “behind the scenes” story concerning GV and that song.

    • I know I am not the only one who would love to hear it one of these days!

      • You’re certainly not, Daniel.

    • Let’s hear it, Gerald! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Clap, clap, clap, clap…

  5. Wow, this is certainly a wonderful, memorable performance! Thanks for posting!

  6. can we now put chris allman in the category for one of the greatest tenors of all time? he has sounded crystal clear and not lost a step for almost 20 yrs…i think its time we recognize that

  7. Ben, I think Chris is better than he was at 23.

  8. This is a great video! They sound great together!

  9. Wow!! What a great video! I agree with recent posts that Chris has only gotten better with age!! Pat is still one of my all-time favorite bass singers and he shows why on this song! Thanks for the video Daniel!

  10. original GV + Pat Barker = real quartet

  11. i personally lke legacy five version of wedding music, but these men defly are talented talented men! God has certainly blessed them!

  12. Amen to all the compliments here! Superb performance of this song. Chris is definitely one of the best. I like his version more than the original. Just an awesome way to start the day with this one.

  13. I was there that nite Feb 25th in Marion Ill (The Trush Seekers Homecominig) and it was from start to finish.. one of the most powerful spirit filled singings I was ever at.

  14. This only solidifies Pat Barker’s status as SG’s foremost bass singer in my book.

  15. Another “cool” thing about this video is it looks like it was shot in the 1980’s or 70’s which makes it that much more classic! I’m impressed the last 2 videos released by these guys (house around piano) and this 1 has just been AWESOME! Especially coming from a group of guys that are allegedly “square!”

  16. I think Wedding Music goes back to Trammell and Funderburk – and possibly Gerald on the piano… Could be wrong, but I think I am right…

    • I thought it was on Ernie’s debut album with the group.

      • No, it was on Scott’s Debut album with the group. Ernie did “Climbing Higher and Higher” as his debut and Trammell was still there then. That is where the first version of “What A Savior” was (except Ernie had cut it on a solo tape first I think).

        So, it IS possible I suppose that they staged it with Trammell before he left as he was still in the group with Ernie for I think about eight months before leaving.

      • Ah sorry, my bad. Duh. Well at any rate I knew it first came out with Ernie.

  17. What can be said that hasn’t already been said!! Except it has ended our day in a very special way. ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. anyone who knows me at all knows that i am not a fan of tenor singing…it just bothers me and i can’t explain it…if i’m gonna sit and listen to a man sing really high, it’s gonna be phelps or dusty and no one else and that is the honest truth…having said that, i have fallen in love with chris allman’s singing…it’s amazing to me that i would ever say such a thing about a tenor singer, and in my opinion chris allman is THE BEST in the business and i’m so glad he is back singing with GV

    • I’m a little more tolerant, but I know what you mean. I can be brutal about tenors…in private of course. Couldn’t post what I really think here! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      • That would be a true statement. ๐Ÿ™‚

        (At least, it would be true for those tenors where what you think wouldn’t fit within the site’s guidelines!)

  19. I, too, was there at the concert in Marion, IL when this was recorded. It was as close to a true “Cathedral moment” as anything I’ve ever felt. I think everyone there felt like we had just witnessed something very special.

  20. Stage needs more monitors

    Love this group! Great representation of a great song.


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