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Archive for June 30th, 2011

Southern Gospel Fandom, And Its Possible Problems

June 30, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Observations, SG Artists, SG Music

I’ve noticed a trend among some fans of this genre lately that kind of bothers me, and I’ve pondered how to state my thoughts on it without sounding like a complete jerk, but any way I’ve cut it, it’s sounded pretty harsh. I suppose a topic like this is one of those things that isn’t pretty no matter what, but the discerning reader will (hopefully) not take too much offense to what I’m trying to say.

There was a statement I read a few weeks ago that a Southern Gospel group owner made and it made a lot of sense: “The only thing as certain as salvation, is change.” Anyone who has been a fan of this music for long definitely knows this to be true. A relatively short period of time ago, a group which will remain unnamed experienced a few lineup changes in short succession that, to many people, rather came as a surprise due to longevity of this particular combination of vocalists. The group brought in new talent to fill the vacated spots, they regrouped and continued to make music, and everyone moved on.

That was how it should have happened.