On the southern gospel front:
*We are very sad to see Gordon Mote leave the Gaither tour. However, it sounds like only good news from Gordon’s point of view, since he’ll be able to focus on the session work for which he’s obviously in hot demand. He will be greatly missed, but we wish him the best of luck.
*Butch Owens (father of Ian) has joined the Blackwood Brothers. Aaron Swain found a couple clips of him singing with the Blackwood Quartet (not to be confused with the Brothers). The family resemblance is definitely there!
*Brian Free attempted an impromptu rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” this week. Not making this up either. Proof. (Skip to 1:40, where they first spot the bridge that inspires Brian. I hope he doesn’t kill me.)
*This is an older news item, but I just noticed it this week: Our blog friend Brian Fuson has joined a Michigan-based quartet called New Destiny as their baritone singer. This is a dream come true for Brian, and we wish him all the best!
On the faith/ culture/faith & culture front:
*Via Tim Challies, here’s a chance to submit any question you like for R. C. Sproul. Tim will be conducting the interview in a couple of weeks and is soliciting your contributions. Obviously there are far too many submissions for all of them to make the final cut, but you never know—yours might!
*Dear Digital Son: Also via Tim Challies, this letter from a father to a highschool graduate is chock-full of wise, hilarious nuggets. “As you prepare to graduate, I hope you’ll remember there’s more to life than the Kardashians, 46-pound cats and texting in incomplete sentences.” Here’s my favorite quote:
Despite the ongoing existence of “Transformers,” a movie is not the first layer of a multi-platform marketing scheme but rather a singular act of art to be experienced, debated with good friends over food, drinks and revisited years later. To see a film projected in a common, shared space is central to the experience; feeling the audience catch its breath when Peter O’Toole blows out the match in “Lawrence of Arabia” is a moment you will never forget. You will be hard-pressed to recall to your children the exact surroundings when you first enjoyed the serotonin-flooding epiphany that was “Charlie bit my finger” on YouTube.
On the entertainment front:
*Les Miserables has been adapted for the screen several times, but the Broadway musical has never been turned into a movie—until now. Coming this Christmas is a brand-new version starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. I just watched the new trailer via Denny Burk. The production looks sumptuous, and with the same guy who directed The King’s Speech at the helm it can’t be a bad bit of movie-making. I’m just a little wary of how the singing will work. As a singer, Hugh Jackman makes a good actor. It’s not that he’s bad, just overrated. Acting is his true calling. But we’ll see. Meanwhile, enjoy the sneak peek.
*If you haven’t heard of the Youtube phenomenon known as the Piano Guys by now, you should have. They are Jon Schmidt, master of the piano, and Steven Sharp Nelson, jack of all instruments but primarily cello. Nelson (or actually four Nelsons) stars in their latest video, a wedding that almost turns disastrous when one of the Nelsons falls asleep at the bow, but takes an exhilarating turn when he transforms the blunder into a rockin’ take on Pachelbel. (Just to make sure Steve doesn’t completely steal the show, Jon makes a cameo appearance disguised as a dancing old lady at 4:05. But his true identity is revealed at 4:49!)