Random Thoughts: Variety

Recently, a friend who listens to a wide range of music, including some Southern Gospel, encouraged me to try a little more musical variety.

With all due respect to him–he had the best of intentions–I can find all the variety I want in Southern Gospel. There are ministering and entertaining songs, acapella songs and big ballads, and lightly and heavily produced albums. When I’m in the mood to listen to super-high tenor singing, or super-low bass singing, I can find both in Southern Gospel…in the same song.

I’m not saying other genres are bad; it’s just that Southern Gospel has enough variety to keep me perfectly content


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  1. That’s certainly fine to limit yourself to SG. It saves you considerable money each year, since months may go by before another project that you’d want drops. I do like to hear CDs from other genres because I know they were often recorded over the span of several weeks, even months, compared to the handful of days spent tracking most SG chartburners. There is an astounding difference in production quality, mixing, and mastering, to my ears. Time well spent, but unrealistic for most SGers trying to turn a profit.

    There is another positive aspect to your listening to SG only. You are able to hear the subtle differences in the purportedly different styles of the music, while someone like me might just say that it all runs together.

  2. Note to my readers: No, I did not post comment #1 under a pseudonym to provoke controversy. Someone else did write it.

  3. I agree, Ulysses.
    One reason that I think an artist may want a quick recording is because most studios charge an artist by the hour. Most studios take advantage of the “little guy” financially,who dosen’t really know about the recording process. For example,someone I know recently had about $500 rapped up in recording BGV’s on 1 premade soundtrack . Absolutley insane! I could have done that for much less if I had known of the need.
    Plus, audiences today are cheap. (unless your one who eats, sleeps, breathes, or sings our music and really know what a group has fiancially invested in the ministry)
    So, the quicker one makes a CD, the more affordable it is.