Christmas music: a capella style

Yes, I realize that November 14 may seem too early in the year to listen to Christmas music. But as I type this post, it is 9 degrees outside with a couple of inches of snow on the ground, so that’s part of why I’m in the Christmas mood.

Another reason is the fact that this is the time that new Christmas music starts hitting store shelves and videos start hitting Youtube, so I’m going to highlight a couple of these videos. Continue reading

MTQ says “Thank You” to Dustin Sweatman

During NQC week, one of the discussion points during sets by Mark Trammell Quartet was how the guys would pay tribute to departing member Dustin Sweatman, who took a job at Bethel University. Nothing was said on stage, and Dustin left the group quietly it seemed.

When groups make personnel changes, there are different approaches to how groups handle them. One thing I’ve noticed with MTQ is that they will honor the departing member by showing a video montage at the MTQ Homecoming event. There’s a montage from when Eric left the Trio, and now they’ve done one for Dustin.

The video montage is a classy way to honor Dustin for his time with MTT/MTQ, and serves as a great way for fans to remember him by. I wish more groups would do something like this.

YouTube Gems #31: Canton Junction

As I said in my last post, Canton Junction appeared on TBN last night. They sang four songs off their debut project.

Before I get into the actual videos, I wanted to share some thoughts about the broadcast. It was clear the guy hosting it didn’t know much about SG music. As he was leading into the first song he said that male quartets are a dying breed, but Canton Junction is bringing them back. Ummm, no. When he was introducing everyone, he called Matt Hagee “Matt Henry” and called Aaron Crabb “Jason Crabb.” Yikes! He figured out his mistake and corrected himself, but was still somewhat of an awkward moment to watch. Later on, he was telling everyone to get their project if they haven’t already, when it isn’t even out yet.

Now that I got that off my chest, let’s get into the actual videos. They started out singing “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now.” The guys had good energy in this one, and I really enjoyed it.

Next, they sang “Hold On.” This is their first single off the project, and is already being played on radio stations. I personally felt this is better for radio than live, but still a good song.

This next song was the first one they sang as a group last fall, “Sweeter As The Days Go By.” The audience last night didn’t appreciate it as much as they did last fall, but still a good performance.

The last song they sang was “The Son Shines Down On Me.” after doing some research, I discovered that this was originally performed by the Oak Ridge Boys. Tim Duncan is featured, and it makes sense that he would do an Oaks song. Personally, this was my favorite song they performed last night.

After getting a glimpse of their new material, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the new project!

I’m Still Alive

Yes, that’s right. I am still here.

It has been a long hiatus since my last posting. For the past month, I have been back at my parents’ house. I am still here for a couple more weeks. When I get back home, I expect to be more active with my blogging, especially since we are only about a month away from “the most wonderful time of the year.”

In my time away, I have still kept up with all the big SG news. Even though I haven’t been posting much, I’m still reading. I just figure enough bloggers cover the big stuff already, so it’s easier just to comment on other sites rather than write my own blog posting.

Caught Canton Junction tonight on Praise the Lord. They sang songs off their debut project. If you missed the broadcast, it will replay Thursday at 4:30 Central on TBN. Its not the show hosted by Jason Crabb, but if you can handle listening to the other stuff TBN does in between the songs, it’s worth the watch (though I started to see why some of you stay away from that channel).

I have some quartet videos that I’ve uploaded to my YouTube channel (note the account changed). You will need to resubscribe if you want to know when I upload new stuff. I will probably post them here later on with a mini-review when I get back home.

That’s all for now. I’m getting excited for NQC season. Has it really been a year already?!