Valor featured in Huntsville Times

Alabama’s Huntsville times has an interesting article on Valor. The article includes this passage:

The rumbling bass of Paul David Kennemer, which can extend a couple octaves below a piano’s keyboard, underscores the flexible sounds of the group. Laws, who has worked with Acappella, another Christian group, brings his solid rock-conditioned vocals. Tenor Benjamin Dixon would just as soon not discuss his classical music training in college, but the discipline in that work shows in his sure control.

They use no pitch control, an electronic way of straightening vocals that bend off key. And they rarely use written arrangements – Paul David can’t read music anyway.

Instead, they feel their way together into arrangements that can echo Southern gospel quartet standards or the close harmonies of Crosby, Stills and Nash.

The article is an interesting combination of the informative and the improbable. It’s worth a read.


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  1. I don’t know how I got to this blog, but I’m trying to find the lyrics to “Living Life Upside
    Down” by Russ Lee. I think it was recorded by TRUTH, and maybe others. Can you help me? Everything so far on the web has turned up empty.

  2. “a couple octaves below a piano’s keyboard”

    Is that even within the audible spectrum?? A couple notes, maybe, but a couple octaves is beyond my comprehension. BTW – what I’ve heard of Valor I have really liked.

  3. That part is the specific part that I referred to as “improbable.”

  4. pam,

    I’m sorry, I do not know the answer to your question. (I posted this mainly so you know I didn’t ignore you; I just don’t know the answer.)

  5. Here’s the chorus of “Living Life Upside Down”…don’t know the rest.
    http://www.biblicaltheology.com/gal/gal_05_01.html

    It’s on a CD titled More Than You Ever Imagined by Truth.

    Russ Lee re-recorded this song on a project titled Pictures On Mantles. It might be easier to find a copy of Lee’s CD, since it’s more recent. At the link below, for example:
    http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=CD0123X&netp_id=365555&event=ESRCN&item_code=WW

  6. Thanks, David!

  7. Don’t quote me on this, but I’ve heard that the Guiness Book of World Records lists that the lowest recorded note produced by a human voice ( from JD Sumner) was 72Hz.
    I’m not sure what key or note that frequency would register as on the piano. But, I’ve messed around on the keyboard while listening to some of J.D.’s ‘lowest songs’ (Lonesome Road, Rainbow of Love, Give The World A Smile, ect..) The notes he sang were all on the keyboard without the keys being transposed down.
    Unless Paul David Kennemer has set an new unoffical record, that statement is, as you said, improbable.
    As far as human hearing goes, a newborn supposedly has a hearing range from 20Hz up to 20,000Hz. As we are grow older,that sensitivity to sonic extremes narrows.

  8. Of late, J.D.’s record has been broken by a few voices whose range extends beyond what human ears can hear.

  9. Oh, please.

    “Beyond what human ears can hear”? If that’s true, . how do we even know how low those singers in question went?:-)

  10. John,

    Finally! An easy question! They measured Tim Storms’ voice down to 8 hz with sound equipment. For more info, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Storms