Frequent lineup changes
A recent post prompted an email discussion over one term I have been known to employ on this site, “frequent lineup changes” (or a close equivalent). In Southern Gospel, what constitutes frequent lineup changes?
One thought first: It is far better to work with an objective definition than a more subjective option, one prone to change at any moment—comparing a group’s stability to another group’s. This is typically used at one end of the spectrum or the other, e.g., “Their lineup is less stable than the Hoppers, so it’s unstable,” or “Their lineup is more stable than Gold City’s right now, so it’s stable.” That just doesn’t cut it, since one can probably always find a more stable group and a less stable group than any under discussion.
Is an objective definition possible?
I would say so. The definition I have generally followed, and plan to more consistently follow in the future, is this: A Southern Gospel group with frequent lineup changes is a group that, over the last three or four years, has averaged one or more personnel change per year.
How accurate and appropriate is that definition? Do you mentally use another when you see the term?