Hey everybody! Welcome. This blog is a bit of an experiment, to see, quite simply, whether I can do it. I’ve never done it before, so this is a new venture for me. Your patience is appreciated as I bumble through. I cannot promise to post daily, but I will attempt to be regular as I share my observations on faith and music—specifically, southern gospel music.
As many of you know, I was a contributor at southerngospelblog.com for a number of months, and folks got to know me as New SoGo Fan. I got a lot of kind feedback on what I wrote from you readers and from some artists as well. Daniel J. Mount has graciously put all my reviews and columns in one place here.
In my review of Wes Hampton’s album A Man Like Me, you can read part of the story of how I became a southern gospel fan after listening predominantly to CCM. Be watching for some upcoming posts where I revisit key moments in my discovery of the genre. I can enjoy a broad range of musical sounds and styles, but this blog will naturally focus primarily on SG. However, don’t be surprised if I occasionally discuss other types of music as well.
A word on comments: To all who come with respectful disagreements and constructive criticism, welcome. Honest opinions are not out of place here as long as they are not worded in a personally nasty or mean-spirited way.
A little bit about me: I’ve loved music all my life, and I can play the piano, sing, arrange, and write a little bit (still working on that last part!) My piano style owes more to the pop stylings of Michael W. Smith and Jim Brickman than to convention music, though I enjoy trying my hand at the likes of “Mansion Over the Hilltop” every so often.
If I were to put together a list of my very favorite songs, it would be a mix of styles, though all would fall within Christian music. A few that would find spots at the top are “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “I Will Be Here,” “How Beautiful,” “Find Us Faithful,” and “Give Me Jesus.” Favorite gospel songs include “I Stand Redeemed,” “We Shall See Jesus,” “Had It Not Been,” “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary,” and many more. I also enjoy many singers, although there it’s easier to pick a favorite: Without a doubt, Steve Green. As for quartets, I’m picky about tenors, but I’ve always been a sucker for a good bass singer.
Personality: I am a VERY funny person. No, really, I’m hilarious! I am also VERY opinionated. I even have strong opinions about colors: Blue is gorgeous, and chartreuse should be retired. I might even write a post about it: “Retire the Color Chartreuse.”
So that’s me. Hang on, folks. Here we go!