Video: Ryan Seaton at TBN

Ryan Seaton appeared on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Praise the Lord program over the weekend (on the 20th). TBN has an archive up, where the show can be watched for a few weeks, here (hat tip, DL). [EDIT, 11/6/10: Regrettably, the link seems to be broken, so it has been removed.]

Seaton sings three songs off of his debut solo CD, The Stage is Bare: “Blessed Assurance,” “Daddy’s Little Girl,” and the title track. Host Russ Taff interviews him for several minutes before his final song.

Seaton comes on about 36 minutes into the program, and has about twenty minutes. While I did not watch the rest of the program, watching perhaps a minute of the female vocalist who preceded him prompts the observation that whatever one might think of his stylistic direction, he’s a far better vocalist than she was; she seemed to be struggling with several notes, and had a far less smooth transition into head tones/falsetto (both used it for effect on their final songs).

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Record Label Economics

Have you ever known someone who justified stealing music by the argument that CDs only cost a dollar apiece to manufacture, so the artists and record companies were making insane profits on the remaining nine or fourteen dollars? Via Scott Wagner, here’s a fascinating article that blows that argument out of the water. (EDIT: 8/5/2011: Broken link removed)

The article breaks down costs a record company incurs in producing and promoting a recording. The figures in the article are an actual record company’s production budget for a project; though this (in all likelihood) was not in the Southern Gospel genre, the ballpark numbers appear to be comparable. Factor in the fact that, as I’ve been told, most Southern Gospel recordings sell under 10,000 units, and many sell less than 5,000, and you will be amazed that any record companies stay open.

Granted, established artists can cut the production budget significantly by skipping the marketing costs, but that is typically because the marketing to establish them as an artist has already been done by a label. There are exceptions, but most of today’s prominent independent artists (Chuck Wagon Gang, Dixie Echoes, and, till recently, Hoppers) were label artists in the past.

It’s a fascinating article, well worth a read.

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Sony’s Thoughts: In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul

“He leads me beside still waters somewhere in the valley below. He draws me aside to be tested and tried but in the valley, He restoreth my soul.” ~ Dottie Rambo

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Although not the most fun place to be, valleys serve a purpose. They can be lonely, dark places but God has promised that He will be with us even there. It’s going through the valley that makes us appreciate the mountaintops that much more. If life were all ease, we wouldn’t recognize our need for God but, as we feel Him take our hand and lead us through a valley once again, we better understand His love for us and His continual presence.

“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in the time of trouble.” (Psalm 37:39)

We serve a great and mighty God. If you are down or having a hard time seeing light at the end of the tunnel, reach out to Jesus. Tell Him how much you love Him and proclaim your trust in Him to bring you through. It may not happen as quickly as you would like but you will be on the mountain again and you will be able to proclaim how He restored your soul. What a testimony that will be!

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