Saturday News Roundup #74

In the News

  • Singing News revamped their online columnist lineup. Roger Fortner’s Tech Talk remains. Scott Fowler and Roy Webb have both dropped off, but Brian Free, Billy Blackwood, and Cody McVey have come on board.
  • Tribute Quartet performed at a TBN concert raising funds for tornado victims. The event was hosted by Donnie McClurkin and was aired on Wednesday. They sang “I Am Healed.”
  • Worth reading: Andrew S.’s review of an Archie Watkins / McKameys concert.
  • Also worth reading: fridaynightrevival’s take on the new Greater Vision project. The only problem is that it’s so good and so comprehensive that it might tend to scare the rest of us away from reviewing it! My review copy hasn’t arrived yet, so I don’t know for a fact, but I’m not sure what will remain to be said that this review doesn’t say!

Video of the Week

Just to prove that if a song is truly magnificent, it’s magnificent even without a track:


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  1. You forgot to include the biggest news of all that happen this week.
    I see on Facebook that you have a new to you look-a-like police car.
    It would be nice of you to put an image of your car here on the blog.

    • I don’t mind at all that you would ask, but the car simply doesn’t look nice enough to merit a picture. (Kind of like its owner.)

      One funny thing, though: I’ve developed quite a reputation at work, and my co-workers have dubbed this car the “Grammar Police Car”! 🙂

  2. Big day today for me…my church is hosting the Mark Trammell Quartet tonight. I’ll have the wonderful opportunity to spend some time with the guys over lunch this afternoon.

    Y’all pray for MTQ. Their bus transmission has gone out (again), and they’re coming in with personal vehicles and a U-Haul trailer today. That ain’t easy.

    • I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!

      • It was a long day, but a wonderful day. I’ll have more to say about it early in the week on Southern Gospel Critique.

      • I’ll be watching for it! 🙂

  3. Brian, just like the old days eh? Piling a quartet into a car…..I’m sure being on the road has more headaches than we can imagine.

    Great to hear that you’ve got MTQ today. I have to admit I’m jealous……let us know how it goes. We’ll be watching for the full report, and photos!

  4. Thanks for the Video of the Week. It is/was awesome. Gold City has been one of my personal favorites since way-back-then. I was able to download that video into my Real Player, and can watch/listen again anytime.
    I appreciate your blog, and get emails when you update. Thanks, Daniel for what you do!!

    • That version of Gold City was inimitable, in the finest sense of the word.

      I’m glad you enjoy the blog / emails!

  5. Open Thread…

    What would be the pros/cons of groups offering an online concert “service”. If we can watch tv on our cell phones how hard would it be for a group to do a live stream of a concert? A group could select certain venues that best showcase their talents and perhaps charge a fee for viewing the concert. What do you all think?

    • Cons: Technology required, infrastructure costs, logistics of camera crew

      Pros: Great experience for those who aren’t near them in person all year.

  6. Open Thread:

    Daniel, I touched on this in an email to you before, but I’m curious to hear other options.

    Do you look at gospel music as “ministry” or clean entertainment? In other words, when you’re listening to gospel music is it because you’re looking for a “blessing” or because you want clean entertainment. Personally, I listen to gospel music because I like music and I’m a Christian who abhors the filth which abounds in much of the secular music today. Occasionally I will be blessed by something I hear but mainly I’m just trying to enjoy clean music and good singers while I work, drive, etc. I don’t really consider it a place I look for spiritual food.

    Love to hear your thoughts.

    • Some Southern Gospel performers are Christian entertainers. Others focus on ministry.

      Most combine elements of both.

      How’s that for a somewhat straightforward answer?

      • I believe it can be both. As a christian i can tell the difference. You can tell when the singers are anointed by the holy spirit and when they are just performing.

      • Shall we say “usually tell”?

        I don’t know if there is a person here who has never misjudged and missed a fraud…

      • I’d have to agree it can have elements of both. I have an internet Gospel radio station, and it’s certainly both entertainment and a ministry.

  7. Straight forward enough.

    How about you? Does the same mix apply in your motivations for listening?

    • I enjoy the songs that get my foot tapping, but ultimately the songs (and groups) I connect with the most are the ones who touch my heart.

  8. I agree on that comment about maybe not reviewing Greater Visions new project; FNR did a fabulous job at capturing the essence of that album. I received it yesterday and have listened through it several times, and FNR was pretty much spot on with all of his commentary…

    Speaking of reviews,since this is an open thread I thought maybe I would shamelessly self promote myself; and post a link to my review of the new Kingdom Heirs project… 🙂

    • If someone was shamelessly self-promoting with every other comment they made here, it might bother me, but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest! 🙂

      (Especially since it is a good review, after all, and would have been in the running for the most-reads were it not that fridaynightrevival’s GV review was so obviously the most amazing review of the week!)

      • Thanks for the kind words, guys. I just figured it was my “interview” to get in on those Mega-Reviews…

      • We rarely do more than one a year, but if you’re keeping up that sort of pace next time we do one – which could be a year from now – I’d have to imagine we couldn’t leave you out! 🙂

      • Oh no doubt the FNR’s review is one of the best I have read by any blogger (including myself of course!)on any given CD… That is no slight to any other bloggers that I read!

        On another note Daniel have you gotten MTQ’s new Treasure CD yet? I believe that is one that you will really want! They have a few sound-clips up on their website… I am sending out my order for it on Monday. I have to say I can’t wait to get it!

      • No, but I probably would have by now if my car hadn’t fallen apart 2 weeks ago, requiring replacement!

      • Well, in the spirit of shameless self-promotion, I’ll just drop a quick link:

        (Don’t worry, Daniel, I won’t make a habit of it)

  9. I always look forward to your saturday news roundups. They are great! And I must confess I always look forward to all your posts. Thanks.

    • Thanks! I’m thrilled that there are people who actually look forward to them. 🙂

  10. I have a question for everyone regarding The Cathedrals Request Time recording. I was playing mine today and noticed on side one the 3rd song is listed as No one Ever Cared fo Me Like Jesus yet it skips that song and plays songs 5 and 6 the plays Beyond Understanding which is not listed at all. Does anyones copy also do this? was this a mistake they didn’t catch? Does this make it worth more or less?

    • Nicholas – I checked my original copy of the “Cathedrals Request Time” and it doesn’t line up with your notes. I have 5 songs/side not 6. I did notice an error though in the line up of Side 1. Songs 1&2 are ok. But 3 is I Feel Like Shoutin not He Cared That Much For Me. 4 is His Hand in Mine not I Feel Like Shoutin and 5 is Beyond Understanding, not His Hand in Mine. I don’t have No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus, at all. My album is Stereo/R1223.

  11. I started FNR’s review just now, but decided to wait till after I get the recording. I like trying to guess which songs Rodney wrote before I look! (I guess that tells you something about how much reviews influence my decision to buy GV stuff. LOL)

    • Amy, go ahead and read it. Guessing who wrote what song will be much easier than you think. I promise…

      • But doesn’t the review discuss songwriters? I saw that in at least one song.