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Guest Post at Musicscribe

July 08, 2014 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community, SG Artists, SG Music, The Skyline Boys

I recently got the opportunity to travel along for a weekend with the Skyline Boys, and I was asked to do a guest post about the trip on Musicscribe. Check it out!

Still Here!

June 18, 2014 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community, SG Artists, SG Music

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

It’s hard to believe that I haven’t written anything on this corner of the Web since March, but life got in the way for sure. As I finished up my junior year of college, I had to prioritize the copious amounts of difficult schoolwork, which unfortunately meant that Swain’s Musings was put on the backburner. But, if I’m being perfectly honest, I just didn’t feel motivated to post for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on, which is why I didn’t post even after the semester ended. While I certainly didn’t mean for this “break” to last multiple months, maybe it was what I needed to get that motivation back.

During the time that I’ve stepped away, it seems that Southern Gospel music has entered a season of change. The group whose CD I reviewed in my last post (Gold Harbor) suddenly lost their owner and manager, Jimmy Richards, which was a true shock. The last member of the original Cathedral Trio (and Quartet), tenor Bobby Clark, passed away during this time as well. We also saw several largely unexpected group changes, such as the departures of Pat Barker and Jeff Stice. Perhaps we’ll see them on the road again in the future, but for now, we thank them for their years of dedication to this music and the message in it.

The Southern Gospel blogging world also saw the end of an era with the closing of Southern Gospel Journal. Many of you will know that site as Southern Gospel Blog. Over his years of writing, Daniel Mount, in large part, opened the door for this particular blogging niche to gain traction. I can tell you that he was an inspiration in my decision to start writing about this great music. Daniel, thank you for all the years of thought-provoking articles and for facilitating a place for lively discussion about this genre. Hopefully, a few years down the road, the blog can make a comeback in some form or fashion.

Swain’s Musings will continue on as it always has; there is still so much more to write; CD reviews, future news, and other things of general interest. I look forward to it all! Be on the lookout for more coming soon.

New Blogger

July 07, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community, SG Artists, SG Music

This week, an anonymous Southern Gospel artist threw their hat into the ring to give a perspective that comes from the stage rather than out here in fandom. Check them out here!

Milestones Reached & Where To Go From Here

June 20, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community, Personal

It’s been a crazy past few weeks for me.

As some of you may know, I started this blog when I was 14, which puts me in the latter part of middle school starting out. When I started, I certainly didn’t think anyone would read it; it was more of a hobby to be done in the massive amount of free time that I had at that age. Over the years, it sort of transitioned into something more, and for a while, I was able to deftly juggle school career and blogging. It was only in my senior year of high school, this past year, when that became more challenging. When push came to shove, I opted to sacrifice posts in order to maintain good grades, which in turn would help with getting into college.

All of that came to a head a little over a week ago, as I finally walked up and received my high school diploma! It was a day I’ll never forget. I was pleasantly surprised with being given a “Congratulations” thread on the Absolutely Gospel forums where so many people posted such kind words and congratulations, as well as fellow blogger Daniel Mount giving a post to the occasion where others did the same. It made a special time in my life even more so!

The whirlwind didn’t settle down there, for this past weekend brought orientation at my college, Radford University. With this one-and-a-half day event, I got to get acquainted with the many facets of the university and register for classes for the fall semester. Now, I can finally relax and re-energize this summer. As you can see, I’ve barely had time to think, much less sit down and blog!

So, what’s next for Swain’s Musings? Well, certainly not the end, at least not for a good long while! I suppose one thing I’ve learned from everything is that time management is key, and while my posts may not be as frequent as they once where, I will do my dead-level best to put something of substance up as often as I can for those who may read this little corner of the web.

One thing that definitely needs taking care of is project reviews. I’ve gotten immensely behind on that, as I still have a pile of projects from NQC still pending reviews. I’ve decided that the best way to tackle that is this: if it has already been reviewed to death by the various other bloggers and writers, I probably won’t say anything different than has been said, and therefore will refrain from reviewing. However, there are just as many that are on the other end of the spectrum, and I will hopefully get to do those reviews soon. There are also plenty of freshly released projects that I hope to cover as well.

All of that to say this:  to those who may read, thank you for sticking around thus far, and I hope to churn out new content that will keep you coming back in the coming months (and hopefully years!).

Blogger Welcome: Steve Eaton

July 28, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community, SG Music

Anyone who frequents the various Southern Gospel forums around the Internet (Southern Gospel Forums, Singing News forums, etc.) most likely would recognize the screen name Seaton. The guy behind that handle, Steve Eaton, has just recently thrown his hat into the Southern Gospel blogger ring with his new blog, Southern Gospel Views From The Back Row. It appears he is getting started the right way; his first post states exactly what he’s bringing to the table and how he will make it so his blog is something truly new. He’s already been known to make positive contributions to discussions on message boards throughout the SG world for quite a while now, so readers will know that his posts will be of the same caliber.

All of that, and his layout is pretty darn impressive as well!

Make sure to head over and welcome him to the blogosphere. (David Bruce Murray just cringed!)

Upcoming Mega-Review

May 29, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community, Booth Brothers, CD Reviews, Lari Goss, Mega Reviews, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

It has been quite a while since one of these has been done, but there is a new project being released that has turned the heads of several bloggers at the same time; so much, in fact, that we felt like a mega-review would be prudent, since the majority of us would have reviewed it at some point anyway. So I, along with bloggers Daniel Mount, Wes Burke, Brandon Coomer, Nate Stainbrook, and Phil Boles, have collaborated on reviewing the new Booth Brothers project, Declaration. It is worth noting that we were able to wrap up the review to have it posted on the same day of the project’s release date (by pure coincidence!)

Fans of both the Booth Brothers and Lari Goss will find plenty to love on this project, so look for the review posted on this and the other blogs on Tuesday.


May 27, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community

Welcome to the new and improved Swain’s Musings! After much urging from my fellow bloggers (Daniel Mount in particular!), I finally took the plunge and switched to WordPress after a little over three years of working with Blogger. It’s been quite a ride these past few years, and hopefully the quality of this blog will only improve in this new environment.

Thank you all for reading Swain’s Musings thus far, and for your continued readership!


January 05, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community

For all those interested in lyrics and scores of the old hymns of the church, Daniel Mount has just launched an extensive archive for these things: FreeHymnal.com! Click here for more information.

What Did I Miss?

December 02, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Brothers, Blogging Community, Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News

Folks, let me say this; having a life isn’t fun!

All kidding aside, I’ve been busy, busy, busy with stuff outside of this blog and haven’t had much of a chance to sit down and write a thing! Here’s some things I’ve missed:

1. GoldCityTribute.com has been launched by fellow blogger Brandon Coomer. Like the Cathedrals Tribute site run by Daniel Mount, this site is a great place to find all things related to the history of a particular group. The information is well-researched and written, so go take a look!

2. Blackwood Brothers Announce New Baritone Singer In a press release at the Singing News website today:

Memphis, TN – The Blackwood Brothers Quartet are excited to announce the addition of a new member. Jimmy’s younger brother, Billy, has joined the group, filling the baritone spot. Billy played drums with the group back in the seventies, but has pursued a solo ministry career since that time. Billy plays drums on the new record and has also helped with vocal arrangements.
This is a new day for the Blackwood Brothers, the beginning of a new era of gospel music ministry, continuing the tradition and taking it to new levels.
We would like to thank Brad White for his years of service with the group and pray God’s blessing on his solo ministry.

It’s nice to see Jimmy bringing another Blackwood back into the long roster of Blackwood Brothers members. It’s a smart move in two ways: longtime fans will already be familiar with Billy, and the fact that he has already been involved in the new project will help to fit him in seamlessly. This Blackwood group has a very solid sound, and it will be great to hear them sing new material on the new project.

Following Suit

October 21, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community

Readers of Musicscribe no doubt are aware of recent changes to FTC guidelines for blogs. As such, this blog has added this statement to the sidebar on the right about project reviews:

To comply with FTC guidelines, we at Swain’s Musings state that, unless otherwise mentioned, the CDs that this blog reviews were given to the reviewer(s) free of charge. This does not have any bearing on the final rating and is not even taken into consideration when reviewing the project. Due to recent guideline changes, this statement is necessary, because these guidelines assume that a more favorable review is given when the product is received for free.