The Southern Gospel Notebook: August 1983

Sorry for my absence, but the busyness of life keeps you from your hobbies at times.  So, today I thought I would offer another page from my Southern Gospel notebook.  As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.

I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994.  Today’s post took my notebook entry from August 1983.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**

The Southern Gospel Notebook: July 1984

Before I left for vacation, I posted about several notebooks I found while cleaning the garage.  As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.

I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994.  The response was overwhelming to my first post and therefore it will continue.

Today’s post took my notebook entry from July 1984.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**

Summer Vacation And A Found Notebook

This post will be the last until Monday July 17th, as this boy heads out on summer vacation.

As I was doing some cleaning this past week I came across a box in the garage with several notebooks I hadn’t seen in years.  When I was a kid, I used to pull out all my favorite record albums and play my favorite songs, acting like Mr DJ.

In July 1982, I started writing down my 20 favorite songs every month.  I kept up with this every month through December 1994.  It brought back memories when I was a youngster and showed me just how much Southern Gospel music impacted my life as a young boy, into my teen years.

So, I thought as I am away on vacation I would share with you what those 20 favorite songs were that I wrote down in July 1982.  The music is found on the sidebar of the website.  Now that I found these notebooks, expect more of these personal features going forward.

The Obligatory Standing Ovation

Been listening to quite a bit of Enlighten on Sirius/XM, on my daily drive back and forth to work.  I’m still amazed at how often the Cathedral’s version of “Oh What A Savior” is played.

It got me to thinking about all the times I’ve heard this song performed in concert.  Most quartets, from regional to top-tier, like to showcase their tenor with this particular song.

I also recalled that I don’t believe there was a single instance of me hearing this song in concert where it didn’t receive a standing ovation from the crowd.

It didn’t matter how great, or poor, the performance was, the crowd stood in thunderous applause.  So, does the song alone warrant a standing ovation, no matter the performance?

Is the crowd so trained to stand on the song, it is an auto response at this point?  Like Pavlov’s theory; you do something long enough out of repetition, it becomes a natural response.

I know there is one “Standing Ovation” I like; this song.

Land Of The Lost…..Songs

cathedrals1985especiallymaxI attempted to start a series several years ago, that took a look at forgotten/overlooked Southern Gospel songs.  The only two posts in the series covered Gold City’s, “The Search Is Over”, which was overshadowed by the more popular song from recording, “Midnight Cry” (Movin’ Up; 1987).  The second post took a look at the Kingsmen’s “Nearing The Shore” from the 1981, Live…Naturally album.  Of course, songs like “Excuses”, “Beautiful Home”, “When My Feet Touch The Streets Of Gold” and  “Love Lifted Me” are the songs most listeners remember.

Today, I wanted to take a look at the Cathedrals 1985 recording, Especially For You.  Songs that will immediately come to mind are “Who Can Do Anything”, “His Tomb Is Empty Now” and covers of “He Didn’t Come Down” and “Shout All Over Heaven”.

The forgotten song from this particular album, is one that I consider to be the best on the recording; the Danny Funderburk penned, “He’s My Lighthouse”.  This up-tempo song is the Cathedrals at their prime.  Play it again.  Play it again, indeed.

*Video Credit (Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row)

Ten On Ten (Redux) – Cathedrals

cathedrals1994raisetheroofmaxThis week the ten on ten (redux) will re-visit the Cathedrals.  On March 13, 2012, I presented the original ten on ten feature for the Cathedrals highlighting the group’s ten best albums.  This redux feature will now shine the spotlight on the three lowest ranking albums of the group’s career.  First, the original list highlighting the Cathedrals ten best recordings.

  1. Live In Atlanta (1983)
  2. High And Lifted Up (1993)
  3. Something Special (1982)
  4. Sunshine And Roses (1978)
  5. The Prestigious Cathedral Quartet (1984)
  6. Master Builder (1986)
  7. Symphony Of Praise (1987)
  8. I’ve Just Started Living (1989)
  9. For Keeps (1975)
  10. Focus On Glen Payne (1968)

The lowest ranked albums in the Cathedrals discography are as follows:

  1. Raise The Roof – 30th Anniversary (1994)
  2. Live In Jacksonville (1999)
  3. Worship His Glory: A Capella Praise  (1993)

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  There are over 200 songs penned in Southern Gospel music with the word ‘Love’ in the title.  Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and stated, “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love”.  One of the biggest songs in Southern Gospel chart history that used the word love in its title was the Cathedrals cut of Dianne Wilkinson’s; “Boundless Love”.

*Video Credit (Kyle Boreing)

Top Ten Back Then

#9In this week’s top ten back then selection, we look back 38 years to January 1978.

While Tatoo was welcoming visitors to Fantasy Island for the first time, the Cathedrals landed at #8 on the January 1978 Singing News top 40 chart.  The song, “I’ll Sail Away Home”, was penned by Haskell and JoLee Cooley and found on the Cathedrals 1977 recording, Then And Now.

1978Some other fun facts from January 1978:

  • The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII.
  • NASA selected its first American women astronauts.
  • The Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever album spent 24 weeks at #1.

*Video Credit (Southern Gospel Music)