Concert Review: Live at Shadow Mountain (Greater Vision)
Last Sunday, Greater Vision performed a concert at Dr. David Jeremiah’s Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California. The church is equipped with a top-notch video crew; they recorded the service to be streamed live and later archived on Shadow Mountain’s website. The live streaming did not work for many or all users, but the concert was posted online yesterday, here. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.]
The video quality is probably the highest I’ve seen in any online stream. I’ll post my thoughts on the concert; since this is a concert that all of us (at any rate, all who have high-speed connections) can watch together, perhaps we can have a group discussion in the comments.
- You Were Faithful Yesterday – featuring Jacob Kitson. The mix was a little tenor-heavy. When I first heard the song on their new CD, I never thought of it as a concert opener, but it works well.
- Paid in Full Through Jesus, Amen – a good choice for an up-tempo number to kick the concert into high gear.
- God Will Pass By – their current radio single, featuring Gerald Wolfe.
- Tell Me the Story of Jesus – from their Hymns of the Ages project; since much of the audience may have been unfamiliar with Greater Vision’s new numbers and even the convention songs, the inclusion of several hymns was a wise choice for the venue.
- Little is Much – the story Wolfe tells of Jacob singing the song is Greater Vision’s new audition-in-the-stairwell moment. Granted, the setting isn’t quite as exotic as the location of former tenor Jason Waldroup’s audition, but Kitson’s rendition of the song and Wolfe’s abilities as a storyteller more than compensate.
- Better Hurry Up – this was introduced as a classic convention song, which I thought was interesting, since I had thought the Happy Goodmans introduced it in 1979. But no matter how much one knows, there’s always something to learn; this prompted me to flip through some projects I have and I noticed a Blue Ridge Quartet rendition of the song in 1963 (with George Younce on the bass part, incidentally).
- A Mighty Fortress – this got the first standing ovation of the night (that the cameras picked up).
- He is Loved – Jacob Kitson’s live rendition had a pathos that the studio version didn’t quite capture. While this song might not have stood out as a highlight on the CD, it works well live.
- The Source of My Song – also featuring Jacob Kitson. I don’t know if the number of times he was featured was random or intentional, and if intentional, whether it was to to introduce him or since he’s young and his voice can handle a greater share of the load.
- O Holy Night – the second standing ovation of the night. A masterful rendition by Gerald Wolfe, as always.
- I Wanna Know that You Know – the sole uptempo song from Greater Vision’s new CD.
- It Pays to Pray – somewhat like “He is Loved” (and slightly ironic, since the songs seem to share some common musical motifs), this song is more of a standout live than on CD. It was introduced powerfully by Rodney Griffin—but I won’t give any spoilers; watch it for yourself!
- Altar Call
- You’re Not Forsaken – the big ballad on Greater Vision’s new CD. Greater Vision’s third standing ovation of the night.
Overall thoughts: Just as in the short NQC sets, in this more extended setting Jacob Kitson gave abundant proof that he is Greater Vision caliber. He has a great stage presence, too—he has a winning smile, and remembers to use it often.
The video quality is top-notch, and in fact surpasses the quality of several of Greater Vision’s other videos, including their 2007 Chicago Live release. If they can arrange for permission to use the footage, they would be hard-pressed to find a better quality DVD to introduce Jacob Kitson and showcase songs from Not Alone.