Hopefully, I'll get a Sunday gospel offering up today. It's the Blue Ridge Quartet on the Rimrock label--a great LP that I've been loving for 30 years now. Had you asked me at any point before yesterday for a description of the thing, I'd have called it a fine collection of old-time gospel songs--in fact "the old-time gospel" is part of the title. So what a surprise, when researching the numbers, to discover that about half were actually written around the same time the LP was released (possibly 1968). That's maybe "old-time" in the life of an insect with a two-week lifespan, but otherwise it's an epic misuse of the phrase, even by gospel LP standards. Half of the selections are gospel oldies, which may explain my decades-long confusion. And I'm just now noticing this. It shows you how much we can miss if we're not listening or looking closely enough. Or how much I can miss. Whatever.
So, the write-up I thought would take me maybe 20 minutes became two hours or more, and I just finally let it wait for today. I'll probably start from scratch, using the data I've found so far. The time I spent on the post is part of the reason that, when the alarm went off this morning, it took me about a full minute to realize what that sound was. Three hours of sleep is better than three minutes, I suppose, but it's still not ideal. Without caffeine, I wouldn't have been able to function at the church organ. Save for snoring, my face on the music. And my hands probably resting on the keys, playing a nonstop, Schoenberg-sounding chord.
Hopefully, I'll get the post done today. Info on the traditional numbers is a piece of cake; the newer stuff, nothing close. Twice, where I've encountered more than one song with a given title, I've had to search using the opening lines. And the credits on the LP label are a mess.