Post-Independence Day Post
—– As I was heading out of town for a few days, I go through my typical routine. Anytime I’m driving 5 or more hours, my traveling schedule consists of a few things. 1) Since I don’t have an Ipod hook-up, I play CD’s. I’ll listen to a couple of sermons from various Pastors or Speakers that I keep up with. The sermons usually last between 45 minutes-to an hour. So, that’s about 2 hours filled. 2) I’ll usually have about 30-45 minutes of silence. I’ll either pray or think or look around, sometimes all three at once. 3) I’ll usually talk on the phone for about 20 minutes to someone. Or 10 minutes to 2 people. But when I’m driving, I like to have “me” time, if that makes sense. 4) I’ll listen to 2 or 3 CD’s that are either brand new or old, but I’ve been itching to hear for a while. 5) I’ll play an old live album like Singing Americans “Live & Alive”.
On this particular day, I did put in “Live & Alive”…and every time I hear it, it never gets old. Yes, it’s the live emotion and energy that gospel music uses to captivates our hearts and minds, and this recording excels in that department. After the Jerry Goff intro, there’s very little talking. Ed Hill does give a lengthy introduction to all the members, but that’s expected and I’ve heard a lot longer. But it’s the music. And it’s Michael. “I Bowed” is obviously what many consider one of the biggest songs in gospel music and for Michael, but it’s what takes place after it that continues to blow my mind each time I hear it. It always refreshes me and leaves me shaking my head. “I Wouldn’t Miss Heaven For The World”. Michael goes nuts on this one. I realize that there may have been (and probably was) editing in between songs, but the freak of nature just got done singing his mind out on “I Bowed”, and now he’s hitting those outrageous notes that lead singers should not be hitting. I catch myself thinking that this kind of vocal performance isn’t quite human. And then there’s the breathing and growling that takes place right before the key change, heading into the last chorus, which do make him human…and it certainly adds to the song in typical Michael style. As if he needed those extra breaths anyways… Go take a listen for yourself and be astounded.
—– Also on my road trip, I got behind The Booth Brothers’ bus. It didn’t immediately dawn on me. There was some traffic and I got behind this big ole bus. I believe I was listening to an old Kingdom Heirs project at the time, not paying attention, and I realized that this bus looked like a southern gospel bus. I finally got around them. The driver had his shades on, they were going about 60 in a 65. I don’t have time for that. I didn’t cut them off, but I didn’t wave either. But in case you were wondering, they were driving with great caution and the bus was cruising in the right hand lane, unswerving.
—– As I was listening to that Kingdom Heirs album, I came to my own personal conclusion that on many of the lighter, mellow songs in which Arthur Rice takes the spotlight, and he’s not hitting hard, power notes, his smoothness reminds me of Mike LeFevre. But then when he is singing like a machine, it would be Mike LeFevre on steroids…or the comparison wouldn’t even adequately apply at all.
—– Also speaking of the Kingdom Heirs, I really look forward to maybe planning a trip to Dollywood soon to see them and go ride the new roller coaster, “The Barnstormer“.
—– And can I just say that the livestream for Greater Vision’s new project release “party” was very innovative for a genre that many see lacking in innovation. What did you think?