Sunday, July 15, 2007

Church music as it used to be

The four videos below are mostly for me. You’re welcome to enjoy them, too, if you’d like. I’ll admit, some of the song lyrics might be lacking somewhat in theological accuracy or depth, but that’s all right because I know what they’re talking about. I know what they mean, and I share the sentiment. Just sit back and listen to church music as it used to be. These “contemporary” singers…they can’t touch this!

“I’m Holding On”
Sung by Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002) and the Gospel Harmonettes

“On the Right Road”
Sung by Ruth Davis (1928-1970) and The Davis Sisters

“Jesus Is A Rock”
Sung by The Dorothy Norwood Singers

“He’s Everything to Me”
Sung by Bessie Griffin (1922-1989) and choir


David said...

Voices (lots of them!), keys, and hands clapping. That's it!

While I enjoy the sophisticated, multi-instrumental arrangements one gets these days, there's something very appealing about the "simplicity" of these "performances".

Any particular favourites among current Gospel artists, Wyeth?

David Reimer

wwdunc said...

Quite honestly, I don't listen to much contemporary Gospel music any more. So much of it kind of leaves me cold.

I tend to prefer choirs over soloists, but there aren't any currently recording that I listen to. However, there is one artist who has been out there quite a while now (about 25 years or so), who can still capture my attention: Richard Smallwood. Every now and then, he puts out a new CD, and my wife or I try to get ahold of it when he does. Meaningful lyrics, great harmonies (a reflection of his classical training), and the powerful singers in his group are a part of his appeal to us.

But, to my ear, there's nothing like the traditional sound from the 1950s and 60s--the "golden age" of Gospel music.

David said...

Thanks for the additional comments -- much appreciated!

David Reimer

Donald said...

Bless God Almighty for this! I'm not a musican but again I do appreciate musicianship. I agree with the Smallwood comments.

Food for thought:

What if the other artist sat under some good solid biblio-centric pastors?

Wyeth don't you believe it would influence the lyrics and perhaps a reliance more on the actual intrusments?

I curious to hear your comments. Perhaps you post about Church music as it needs to be.

I at times wonder what if some of the creative artist out there would get a hold of the Psalms in the musical sense like the CDs the are sold by P&R Publishing and just dropped a lot of the "hip" fluff that's going around today.


Donald H

blogging as the Soul Theologian