GVB Reunion clip released

EDIT (11/20/09): Mark Lowry evidently disabled embedding, so that’s out. But the video’s still live; here’s a direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drVUYiIjIHM

Also, he just posted a video of First Day in Heaven: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJv1-GVBG1g

ORIGINAL POST: Former Gaither Vocal Band baritone Mark Lowry posted a video of a song from the upcoming reunion DVD. It seems to be the story of this 24-hour news cycle, so I think I’ll join in posting it, too:

[EDIT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drVUYiIjIHM]

Just about everyone has offered their comments. I would count myself as falling into David Bruce Murray’s camp: Even if it’s not what they were in their prime, it’s hardly bad, either.Β [EDIT, 6/6/12: Broken link removed.]

Reunions aren’t about seeing people in their prime. Pull out the old videos for that. Reunions are about getting together, reminiscing, and hearing voices together that haven’t been heard together in years. And even though this is only one song, I’m suspecting this video will get an A+ in that department.

Hat tip to Adam Edwards, an (unfortunately!) occasional blogger over at Southern Gospel Critique, for catching this story first.

Edited to add: One of my favorite parts of the video is that Wes Hampton looks like he’s having the time of his life (which, as he said in his blog, he was). Sure, it’s possible for even the best of musicians to get so caught up in the moment that their performance isn’t as technically perfect as it would be in the studio. But that’s what live performances, and especially reunions, are all about. (And really, despite the negative comments on his performance at another blog, even in the excitement of the moment, Hampton really isn’t far at all from perfect.)

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  1. I’m not a huge Michael English fan but I am a fan of a whole lot of the others, so I’m really looking forward to getting this DVD. Since it was Mark Lowry that posted this on youtube, I’m guessing that he just chose one of the songs that he was a part of. I don’t know that this is particular song is necessarily representative of the quality of the whole thing.

    And congrats to Wes Hampton on the birth of his third little boy, Carden Anderson.

  2. I enjoyed the clip and am looking forward to the entire project when it’s released. And, thanks Daniel for positive remarks about the clip! πŸ™‚

  3. You’re welcome! If I think it’s lousy, I just say nothing. So I wouldn’t have posted it unless I could have found something good to say. πŸ™‚

  4. Positive blogging? How dare you?

  5. I CAN’T wait for this video to come out!! Woo! Great clip. πŸ™‚ And you’re SO right about Wes, Daniel: “even in the excitement of the moment, Hampton really isn’t far at all from perfect”!!! What a great tenor… And I just can’t wait to see this video even to see the excitement on Wes’ face as he sings with his heros,,,

  6. I have followed the career of Michael English since he was with the Singing Americans, and was at the NQC when JD brought him on stage to get him back to Southern Gospel music, and to his present music career. I long for Michael to join a group and return to the happy look he had as a youthful singer. No matter what he did, the Southern Gospel fans would welcome him back with open arms if he was willing to handle it with a graceful testimony.

  7. It’s telling me this video is no longer available. Is anybody else having this problem?

  8. Looks like he disabled embedding. I’ll post a direct link shortly.


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