Well, as the Bruce Hornsby song says, “the autumn’s coming in and the summer’s all gone.” Man, I feel that. I wish I could have this summer back and spend the time more wisely. But alas, we can only go forward.
I want to start with a word about the Week in Review. This particular feature is actually pretty time-consuming for me, but I’ve tried to keep it up because it’s a way of rounding up some news items and other things that bigger blogs have already covered. I don’t tend to post these sorts of things throughout the week because typically somebody like Daniel Mount is immediately on top of it, and by then the item has been reposted on several other blogs. I’ve always wanted my blog to have its own character. That said, I don’t want to make it look like I’m living in a bubble. But that does mean running around and picking stuff to include, putting it in order, saying something meaningful about each item, etc. Starting next week I’ll have a new job, and of course I’ll be in school. This means that blogging in general will very likely take more of a back seat, though I do hope to continue posting regularly (if less often). But that may mean that for a lot of weeks, there just isn’t a Week in Review. However, what I might do instead is put up an Open Thread for you guys to supply the interesting stuff. I hope you’ll understand.
Second, I know that you have all been waiting patiently for several months for me to write that concert review of the EHSS/Collingsworth Family double-billing I caught in Shipshewana. Or at least some of you have… others may have forgotten about it altogether by this time. But I haven’t forgotten, and in fact (drum roll please), the review is finally in the can and ready to go for some time next week. Watch for it…
Thirdly, I am hoping/planning to cover the National Quartet Convention this year, but it’s going to be a little different from last year because my new job involves teaching classes in the evening for four evenings. So no running commentary every night, sadly. Probably what will happen is that I will watch sets from only some of the artists, then try to pick highlights for the next day.
Okay, now for the week in review…
*Scotty and Kasey Inman’s daughter was born earlier this week but quickly began to struggle with seizures in conjunction with breathing loss. The latest update is that her brain scans came back normal, but she still has the seizures and will be remaining in intensive care on medication for a few more days. The Inmans covet your prayers!
*The Dixie Echoes have filled all their positions with some names that I for one didn’t recognize: Craig Thomas on tenor, Jordan James on bass, and Ben Hart on piano. They sound great. Here’s a video of the lineup singing “If You Know the Lord” (shaky vid, good audio), and another video from the same concert of “On the Other Side of Jordan,” which showcases Craig and Ben’s skills. And this is Jordan James’ rendition of “How Big is God” (audio so-so but good video). We’ve found another great young bass singer!
*DBM has posted the first review of Dianne Wilkinson’s new autobiography.
*Video of the week: Matt Fouch made a successful debut with Legacy 5 at Silver Dollar City. Lauren at Southern Gospel View caught him singing “I’ve Been Changed” (cut off before the last chorus, unfortunately). I know this might be heresy, but I think Fouch may actually be a better bass than Glenn Dustin (I hope I haven’t called down the wrath of L5 fans everywhere!) You can read Lauren’s coverage of the entire Southern Gospel Picnic at her blog.