Sunday, November 13, 2005

Seven Days or Big Bang? Just give me good four part harmony

This past week school boards and voters in several areas around the U.S. have made decisions about teaching creationism Intelligent Design in school science class.
The Kansas School Board has voted to include the new creationism in it's classrooms as an alternative to evolution. I suppose they will be offering magic as an alternative to physics also. The Onion did an excellent parody about the Gravity / Intelligent Falling controversy. In other news, Kansas may ban all births in the case of a bird flu outbreak. You can't have all those storks flying around sick, you know.
One thousand miles away in Dover, PA, the voters took a different direction.
I could have sworn this was settled 50 years ago in Tennessee.

Whatever your own personal stance is, the one thing I am sure of is that when creative people have very strong feelings about a subject, it accentuates, and amplifies their art. Gospel music is an example of that theory. Especially when it comes to the a capella quartet tradition. From the classic, Fairfield Four, to the new-found popularity of the Five Blind Boys of Alabama., the sounds of the gospel quartet can stir the soul of believers and non-believers alike.

Evolution may be good science, but it makes for lousy music.

The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet originally hailed from the halls of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. When the group graduated, in 1935, WBT, in Charlotte, NC offered them a three year contract to sing over the radio. That is where the scouts for RCA Victor's race record label, Bluebird first heard the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet. On August 4, 1937, the Golden Gates recorded fourteen songs for Bluebird at the Hotel Charlotte. Their first and most popular recording was:

s> The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet - Gospel Train

The Paramount Gospel Singers, founded in Austin, Texas, in 1936, and first recorded for the Library of Congress in 1941, the Paramount Gospel Singers have a long history. After the war the group re-formed in the San Francisco Bay area, and with a few personnel changes, is still performing today.

The Paramount Gospel Singers - Mother


Blogger SS said...

As I understood it the debate wasn't whether or not evolution should be taught, but rather that is should be taught as a theory which is what evolution is!
Yes that right evolution is not a fact but many schools and scientist treat it like one now a days. This is the reason those that believe in creationism voiced their concerns.

I will now step off the soapbox.

P.S. Sorry for the yelling but some people in the back weren’t paying attention again.

November 14, 2005 11:07 PM  
Anonymous NAP said...

To each his own! Lets add a twist and teach a separate subject; The Theory and Science of Evolution, Fact or Fiction . . . just think about the classroom debates that develop and the exchange of ideas and reasons.

Anyway, good stuff here Ed, spin the music to feed my mind and soul. Hey, did you have and run a Coffee and Music house at one time?

November 15, 2005 9:47 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Whoa fellas! I did not intend to open a discussion of this sort. Perhaps I too was standing on that soapbox.
I find the inspiration for each day’s musical post from many sources. It may be the day’s news, the weather, or a drunken stupor. The important thing here at the ‘Bus, is the music. So, step down off of that soap box. Grab your fiddle and a stiff drink, park your ass on that box and play us a tune. We may not know all the words, but we’ll surely join in and jam.

November 15, 2005 11:39 AM  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

My own theory is that the universe is constructed somewhat like a guitar. All we shall ever hear, ever know, if we do not allow ourselves to be led astray by false pickers, is "only one note, pure and easy..." My hearing is real good after decades of industrial work but strain as I may I do not hear anything pure or easy from those who cannot come to terms with the wisdom of Bertrand Russell.

January 25, 2006 12:00 AM  

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