Studio video of the Inspirations

One of the things I do for Crossroads is shooting and editing videos of the Southern Gospel groups who come through Crossroads Studios. The Inspirations were recently in the studio; here’s a video of them re-cutting their 2004 radio hit “In the Twinkle of an Eye”:

I just love baritone Jon Epley’s reaction when bass Mike Holcomb goes for the alternate lower ending!

Videos are posted on a fairly steady pace, dependent, naturally, on when groups are actually in the studio. You can watch them all here:

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  1. I HAD to watch it after you said low ending and talked about the reaction to it. πŸ˜€

    • Well, that’s kind of the point, right? πŸ™‚ There are videos all over the place, and I have to give readers a good reason to spend 2 minutes on this one. πŸ™‚

  2. Well, I wanted you to know that it worked. I guess it is sort of like the candy bars and such they put up front for impulse buys. πŸ˜€

    • Inspirations: The Twix of Southern Gospel. You know you love them. Just indulge yourself once in a while. πŸ™‚

  3. Smooth is definitely not how one would have described the Inspirations in their first 40 or so years of existence. That’s not a knock…they had many other positive qualities besides smoothness. But this lineup is smooth. Let’s give credit where it is due to Mike Holcomb…the supporting cast around him has done a 180 degree turn in the last few years, but he is still right on the money. Martin Cook and Archie Watkins are in the Hall of Fame…6’4, 94 should be next.

    • Yesβ€”among living SG singers who are not yet in the Hall of Fame, Mike Holcomb would have to be in the top 5 most deserving.

      • Ironically, I have a little spreadsheet and a seedling of a blog post idea on the subject of deserving, and living, potential HOF inductees. I’ve had it on the shelf for a couple of weeks, but you may have inspired me to dust it off.

      • Just wondered, didn’t mike Holcomb once sing with Greater Vision?

      • Yes – once, in a fairly literal sense. He made a guest appearance on one song on their Quartets CD/DVD.

  4. That is so fun! I can’t wait to watch the other clips now.

  5. Thanks for the videos, Daniel!

  6. That’s kids stuff!!

    Yeah, that reaction is funny. But, seriously, why would Jon Eply be suprised, since he’s been on stage with the Inspirations?? He’s heard deeper, I’m sure. You’d think this wouldn’t, as the song says, “….catch you by suprise.”
    Interesting that his eyes move on the line “… in the twinkle of an eye.”

    LOVE it how Mike just flows with it…….. he sings sooo effortless.

    Is Mike recording on an AKG C3000 ?
    I have one here at home, and actually, I don’t like it.
    Will have to get this song when it’s released and hear the mix.

    • Sure, Jon has heard lower, but probably not on this song. The nature of something being unexpected can still surprise people, even if you theoretically know that someone is capable of something!

      It’s kind of a moot point what Mike was recording on – this was just a scratch vocal.

      • I listened to the original cut, and yes, the dip on the last line of the verse was a suprise.

        As a curious engineer, I was suprised with the choice of the mic, even if it’s a scratch vocal.
        The C3000 AKG is a $300 mic, when the “staples”, the classic studio mics, cost far more.
        We sg fans talk about the “gold standard” albums, groups, bands, ect., the things by which every other effort is judged by. Well, the studio people dicuss choices of mics, insturments, compressors, EQ’s, ect.
        Anyway, in summary, some people (read tech GEEKS) enjoy this type of info. I’m one of those “wierdo’s “.

      • For the bystanders, let me just explain what a scratch vocal is. It is a vocal to guide the studio musicians, so that they can hear the flow of the song as they record it. Nothing from this vocal makes it onto the final product. So it really doesn’t matter at all how it is recorded; all that matters is that the studio players can hear the guide vocal clearly.

        Putting extra money into a microphone for that purpose, when it makes no difference in the final product, is thus wasted money, not an investment. Studios would be wise to spend any spare dollars where those dollars can make a difference.

  7. Yes, that is the never ending debate with us “gear junkies”, what gives us the best “bang for the buck” ?