Saturday News Roundup #75

In the News

  • Wes Hampton opened up the Gaither Vocal Band archives, posting sound clips from two songs that the Gaither Vocal Band recorded in 2008, but did not release. They’re definitely worth a listen!
  • Singing News is doing a showcase and straw poll at the National Quartet Convention. They announced this week that they will also permit voting via Facebook. (This is for the straw poll only, not the official awards.)
  • On Monday, Apple launched iCloud, which will let you stream any song in your iTunes library to Windows desktops and any Apple device for $25-year. It’s not exactly revolutionary, since LaLa, Amazon, and Google have all released programs with similar functionality. I don’t get as excited over the latest Apple announcements as some do, though, since we’ve already seen them use their walled garden policy to block a Christian app that speaks to what the Bible says about marriage being between a man and a woman from all iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad). Still, they have enough clout in the market that it’s worth a mention here.
  • Seals “Low Note” Hilton, a well-known bass singer of the 1950s, passed away on Tuesday after a three-month illness.
  • Dennis Humphries of HisSong was hospitalized this weekend with chest and stomach pains. He is on bed rest for two days and will be seeing a doctor next week.
  • Anthony Facello was hospitalized earlier this week with chest pains. After doctors determined that it was not a treatable condition, he is now back on the road.
  • Update, 10:05 A.M.: Southern Gospel soloist Archie Watkins slipped while doing yard work yesterday, breaking his ankle and tearing ligaments. He also sings tenor for Smoky Mountain Reunion and spent forty-five years singing tenor for the Inspirations.

Worth Reading

  • FridayNightRevival launches a debut project review series with a post on Brian Free & Assurance’s debut.

Video of the Week

I was going to post the Aaron Swain video here, but Thursday was a slow enough news day that it got its own post. So let’s pull one from the (fairly recently posted) archives: Here’s a video of Gerald Wolfe filling in on lead as the Cathedrals sing “Plan of Salvation”:

It’s also intriguing to see a live staging of the song this early in its run; it offers a peek at how the rendition developed over the years, on its way to becoming a classic.

Open Thread

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  1. Over the years I was thrilled to see the Cathedrals in a few different forms. This video reminds me of these times: as a trio, when George was first sick, and in their last year, without Glen.

  2. Regarding iCloud, that actually isn’t what it does. It’s actually a free service that’s used for syncing between your mac/pc and any ipads or iphones you have. For example, If I buy a song or take
    a picture on my phone it automatically puts it on my macbook, and any other apple devices I have. There is $25 a year service called iTunes match though, that allowes you to store your songs in the cloud and download them whenever you want. Streaming is, however, not a part of the service at all.

  3. Regarding iCloud, that actually isn’t what it does. It’s actually a free service that’s used for syncing between your mac/pc and any ipads or iphones you have. For example, If I buy a song or take
    a picture on my phone it automatically puts it on my macbook, and any other apple devices I have. There is $25 a year service called iTunes match though, that allowes you to store your songs in the cloud and download them whenever you want. Streaming is, however, not a part of the service at all.

    • Actually, Apple presented iTunes match as part of iCloud.

      Yes, iCloud does other things unrelated to music, but there’s no point in covering those free unrelated services on a music blog. (Besides, Google Docs and several other online services do that all, and better, without tying you down into Apple’s walled garden!)

      • I know that iTunes Match is a part of iCloud. I was pointing out it did other things as well.

      • Sorry about misunderstanding your comment. I thought you had said that that wasn’t what it does.

      • No worries, man, it’s fine. I wasn’t mad or anything.

      • OK, and thanks!

      • It doesn’t stream, though … right?

      • Not browser-based – only through the iTunes program.

  4. Is there any Oaks related news we could discuss today? 😉

    • Why don’t we use this occasion to talk about Low Note Hilton. Do you have anything with him? (I actually don’t.)

      • Gosh, a guy can’t even pick on you today and get any comments about it. 😉 As far as Hilton, I am familiar with him in name only. I am sure I could find some written info in my books, but don’t have time to look today

      • Well, then, join Nate Stainbrook just one comment below – you won’t have to go far – for the Gaither Vocal Band discussion. I know that you like them!

  5. Those two songs that Gaither “cut” from the “Lovin Life” CD would have easily been two of the strongest tracks on that entire CD… I would love to see them cut “Praise You” On an upcoming CD with Wes featured!

    • Yeah, those were some pretty strong songs.

      • I wish (and have meant to suggest for a long time) that there would be a release that collected all of the previously unreleased songs. I would rather have a CD, but downloads would be better than nothing. One that was as good (but probably far better) that anything else on their most recent Christmas album was the song, “Fear Not”. It was on the Gaither only version of the CD. Even if Gaither put these bonus previously unreleased tracks as bonus cuts on upcoming CDs or as free downloads for Gaither members, I would be happy.

      • Yeah – that would actually get me to join Gaither.com!

      • Or as a Cracker Barrel exclusive or bonus disc or something.

      • Yeah, but he’d get more money out of me if he made it part of a $50 membership, which is why I was thinking he’d go that route. 😀

      • Well, yeah out of you. But for those who already belong or for those who would not join even for that, the CD might do better. One thing I remember from Economics class is it is better to sell a lot more of something at a lesser price than much fewer at a much higher price. (Or course it depends on the amounts and sales, but you get my drift).

      • Bill Gaither has that same knack for selling things that Steve Jobs does, though, to tie it into our earlier discussion; he has a way of getting people to add perceived value to get people to spend more than they would without his sales pitch. 🙂

  6. Somehow, I just noticed the note on Archie Watkins. Sure am praying for one of gospel music’s heroes.