A nice post from Avery
Sometimes I think Averyfineline revels in his reputation in the Southern Gospel blogosphere. He’s not afraid to say or print just about anything unless it could get him into legal trouble. But every now and then, he’ll post something that soars above the daily rhetoric of scandals and flat notes. Yesterday’s post was just that.
He has made no secret of the fact that he does not like Roger Bennett’s voice. I have been quietly amused by his opinion, because I think Bennett’s voice was one of the best the Cathedrals ever had, as well as the best voice in Legacy Five. (Probably at least half the reason I purchase Legacy Five albums is to hear Roger Bennett’s vocal solos.)
In his post, he talks about getting a Cathedrals concert poster autographed at a concert shortly after Roger Bennett had temporarily come off the road due to cancer. After mentioning that he has yet to get Bennett’s autograph on the poster, he transitions into discussing the need to lay aside the critical approach of looking at Southern Gospel and simply appreciate the human courage and endurance behind the songs. Then he returns to the concert poster motif in his closing words:
…faith still wears a deeply human face in ordinary life. We may understand it better by and by, but it sure doesn’t hurt that there’s a song to sing or play or listen to or hum in the darkness of the soul’s long night to help us cope in the meantime. I think I’ll go hang up that poster now. And hope for another day, another concert, another chance to get that last signature.
If there was a Pulitzer Price for “Best Southern Gospel Post of the Year,” this post would get my vote.