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