Aaron Swain's blog about Southern Gospel Music, News, and other items of interest in the SG world.

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.

Dan Gilbert Departs Liberty Quartet

April 13, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Liberty Quartet, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Via an email sent out this morning, as well as a post on Southern Gospel Blog, Liberty Quartet is looking for a lead singer. I won’t recount it all here, but rather encourage you to go to Daniel Mount’s site and watch the video interview that was posted. As a commenter there stated, the bar has been raised on how to handle a lineup change. Rather than put out a written press release about the change (although that can certainly get the job done well and in a classy way, see any posts on here pertaining to a change in Southern Sound Quartet), the group leader and another member go on camera and break the news. This particular case is a great example; it is clear, it is classy, and it leaves no doubt as to whether or not the member leaves on good terms. Dan Gilbert certainly does, and the video alone is evidence of that.

While many in the “main” realm of Southern Gospel music have probably not heard Dan sing since Liberty Quartet is based out of Idaho, I can say from experience that he is one of the most underrated vocalists in the genre. He certainly will be missed, best wishes to him, and I have no doubt that Liberty Quartet will not miss a step with their next hire.