Do you want a nugget of truth? At least once a week I consider writing my final post and bid adieu to the blogging world. This is due to time constraints. Then I’ll get an email or talk to someone and sometimes it is simply a thank you. So I figure, as long as you continue to drop by to read my thoughts about Southern Gospel, then I’ll continue bringing them. That brings me to some recent emails or correspondence I’ve had from individuals. I thought why not share them with everyone and I will offer some insight.
1. Do you really like every album you listen to? It would seem like it with your album reviews. - My answer is no. I do not like every Southern Gospel album I listen to. If you are familiar with my album reviews you will know I use a rating scale of 1 to 10. I will never review an album that I would rate any less than a 7. At the same time don’t ever expect me to give an album a perfect 10 rating either. In all my years I have not heard any recording (any genre) that I would consider absolutely perfect. One bad song on a recording does not a bad recording make while one great song on an album does not a great recording make. It is the entire body of work that I am looking at when offering reviews.
2. What group(s) had the biggest influence on you as a kid? - I have been attending Southern Gospel concerts since the age of 4. As a kid in the 1980′s the groups I enjoyed seeing most in concert and had the biggest influence on me was the Kingsmen and the Hoppers. Then by the late 1980′s and early 1990′s as I was entering my teen years it was the McGruders and the Greenes.
3. If you could change one thing about Southern Gospel music what would it be? - As fun as they may be I would eliminate award shows.
4. Is Southern Gospel music a dying art form? - No. I believe that as long as we’re here there will be some form of Southern Gospel music. Though I do fear that if the time ever came I wanted to get rid of all the recordings I own I wouldn’t be able to give them away. Here’s hoping that day never comes.
Thanks again for stopping by. I enjoy reading your emails as well. So if you ever want to drop me a line, feel free.