Apropos of our discussion yesterday on Southern Gospel songs dealing with martyrdom, the most discussed was one the Dove Brothers borrowed from Contemporary Christian Music—more specifically, Ray Boltz’s catalog.
As many of you know, I grew up only knowing contemporary Christian music (after all, I grew up in northern Ohio!) And while I never did care for Ray Boltz’s voice, I thought then and now that the song was a magnificent song. When I (finally!) discovered Southern Gospel six years ago, the Dove Brothers’ incomparable rendition of this song was one of the first things that made me step back in astonishment and muse, “What have I been missing all these years?” It was as if Boltz should never have recorded it, other than perhaps a demo to send to McCray Dove.
Finally, after all these years of just hearing it, two videos of the song have gone online in the last few months. If you’re looking for polished perfection, click here, but here is the one I choose to feature:
No, it’s not perfect—most notably, John Rulapaugh starts off a half-count behind the beat for the first few lines, but he catches up eventually. This version might not have the polished perfection, but it sure has the heart to make up for it!Read More