Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 1:46 am.
Sup folks! Today’s “Thank God It Played” is a little personal if you will. (Is it me or is “if you will” one of those odd phrases that just seems to work but never sounds natural?) Well I guess it can’t be that personal if I’m sharing it on the blog. Ahhhh, you know what I mean. Although I usually only talk about gospel music and the events surrounding it here, sometimes I’ll have a moment where I feel like “sharing…” if that’s the word. I guess today is one of those days. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm.
I say it in jest a whole lot lot, but time and time again, my iTunes library and iPod have proven themselves more than a few times to be rather “anointed.” (Hence why I call it the iPostle.) The right song always plays at the right time; good, bad or otherwise. Today was no exception and I figured I’d share with you guys. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm.
Will probably make this quick. (Or not, it depends on when my fingers stop.) I sometimes take issue with how “transparent” my blogs can be. At times I kind of just tell everything when I’m not at all sure if I should, but it’s kind of who I am I guess because a lot of times it helps. So this weekend, my grandmother who raised me along with my godparents after the death of my parents when I was a kid, died this weekend. (Y’all know I’m extremely churchy , but I have a hard time with “lost” and “passed away.” Just sound odd when I say them… *shrug*) Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 6:49 pm.
Thank God It Played AND Thank God It’s Friday, we’re just uber thankful huh? With Thanksgiving less than a week a way I guess it’s appropriate. But seriously, I really am glad it’s Friday and I’m really glad this song showed up on my playlist. As I’m sure you can tell this week was pretty rough for me and as I take the weekend to recharge, reevaluate and pull it all together I simply have one prayer, one request, one plea as it were… RESTORE ME.
So when this song played I kept it on repeat and thought I’d share with you. Enjoy!
Witness is one of my favorite groups of all time (Something about Lisa Page-Brooks just gets me everytime!) and this song “Restore Me”, although simple just does something for me. I hope it does somthing for you too. See ya next week!
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Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm.
Sup folks! Tap your neighbor on the right shoulder and say “It’s almost Friday.” I don’t know about you but it’s been a longgggggggggggg and difficult week for a lot of us and quite frankly today I just needed to laugh. I was talking to some coworkers about how quicky the holiday season had come and they were asking me for Christmas CD recommendations. (Everyone knows I play Christmas music all year round…)
So anyway I was going down my list and had to share what is probably my FAVORITE Christmas song performance of all time but I have to set it up for you before you listen. In my family’s dining room, we had this piece of furniture that appeared to be a a beautiful wooden console or “serving” table. And for most of the year, that’s what it was used for. But every year at Christmas it would transform and revert to it’s original intent…. that of a vinyl record player! It was (and still is) our family tradition to pull out old Christmas records and play them on this old record player while we cooked, ate, opened gifts or participated in our favorite family pastime: SCRABBLE!
Well, from as long as I can remember, I have held an extremely special place in my heart for a song that was on an album called “Gospel Songs at Christmas.” It included songs from Shirley Caesar & the Caravans, Rev. James Cleveland and the Swan Silvertones. But the songs that stuck out for me and made my heart 10 different shades of happy was “Oh Lord Your Name Is Ringing” from The Harrell Singers. In all my years (prior to youtube) I had never heard any group of singers quite like this… I know back in the day, recording technology wasn’t nearly as sophisticated as it is today, but the kind of singing this group was doing was on another level of shall we say “special.” They were obviously ahead of their time and not afraid to break all the rules. And I mean every musical rule you can think of. Trust me, they broke ‘em!!! Broke I say!!! They truly did their own thing. And although after all these years of living I still don’t know what that thing was supposed to be, I love this song just the same and play it whenever I need a pick me up and a little chuckle. It worked when I was I was 9 years old and works to this day.
Ladies and gentlemen without further ado (churchy, lol) I present you to one of the most “unique” Christmas songs EVER recorded and with the week I’ve had THANK GOD IT PLAYED (because I needed it): “Oh Lord Your Name Is Ringing” by the Harrell Singers! (I guarantee you you’re not ready for the priceless ending!)
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Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm.
Not a lot to say folks. Just “Thank God It Played.” …. Karen Clark-Sheard and the title of the song say it best: “It’s Not Over.”
God bless you.
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Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm.
Sup folks! It’s almost Friday!!!! Yay, yay, yay! Ok, had to just get that out. Ha!
It’s been a rough week, not necessarily in a “bad” way but just busy, intense and FULL. I’ll be traveling this weekend and still “working” but I’ll be among friends and it’s still the weekend! Anyway, today’s “Thank God It Played” really “got me together” more than usual. I’m gonna say it again, my iPostle (my iPod) really is anointed. It tarried, got baptized or something because it knows just what to play and when ALL the time!
Well today’s track was right on time for me and hopefully some of you too. (A bunch of you have let me know that they usually are so I’m glad about it.) “Make Me Real” was a sleeper track on Dorinda Clark-Cole’s last Verity Records release “Take It Back.” (She recently signed to Light Records, remember?) Not at all sure how this song never made it to radio but hey, I dont’ work there. Dorinda is one of the most consistent and prolific vocalists in gospel but in my opinion, this is one of her most dynamic CD performances EVER. You get to really HEAR her voice on it. The choir backing her up is SANG-TANG-A-LANGING and the message of the song is one that has just been timely for me in conversations I’ve been having with friends lately. “Lord, make me real.” Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Monday, November 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm.
Sup folks. Hope you had a great weekend! Today’s “Thank God It Played” track kind of caught me out the blue. As I’ve explained before, it’s not often that I listen to music in the standard way. You know, where you put a CD in and listen to it from start to finish. It’s just a habit I’ve gotten out of. I typically just put my music library on “shuffle/random” and let whatever plays play. I joke a lot that my iPod has the Holy Ghost because it always seems to know just what to play and when. That’s why it’s been nicknamed “iPostle.”
Well, when you have thousands of songs on one device, it’s easy for a CD to get lost in the shuffle (no pun intended but it works.) Well today, a song from Isaac Simpson and Divine Providence (DP)’s debut CD “Right Now” came on and I forgot how much I loved it. It features Nikki Ross, a gospel fan favorite feature vocalist over the last few years. I think Nikki has always been a phenomenal vocalist and her range and “tricks” have made her an artist that folks have been looking forward to a solo project from for a long time. (She’s working on it by the way.) Well the reason I like this particular track so much is that in my opinion, Nikki sounds a little different than she normally does. Not that she ever sounds bad but this is different. I’d almost venture to say that she may be a little hoarse, and because of that it forces her to sing with a different kind of intent and there’s a level of restraint that I love. Like I said she’s always good but something about this performance is exceptional. Divine Providence does a pretty excellent job of backing her up as well. It’s an easy tune to “over sing” and they don’t. I love that.
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Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 6:45 pm.
Sup folks. Today’s “Thank God It Played” song is by an independent artist out of Florida named Madelyn Berry. Perhaps you may remember her from the last season of Bobby Jones Gospel where she was featured as a new artist. Well, I was able to get my hands on her project and I must say I’m pretty impressed. She’s a praise and worship leader who sings with such honesty and sincerity that you can’t help but go in with her. When she sings you KNOW and can feel her intent and it’s so genuine that you kind of check yourself and fall in line with her worship experience immediately. I’m digging her!
Listen to “I Need You” and tell me what you think. (After you get up off the ground and fold up your white sheet.)
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Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm.
Sup folks. Today’s “Thank God It Played” song is an a bit of a throwback, and by throwback I mean 2002! Ha! There’s a bit of a story behind this song so let me tell it.
Back then I was working with my ex girlfriend’s church choir for a concert and afterward I remained close with many of the music staff there and they asked me stick around to work on some other events they were thinking about doing. One day after a rehearsal, we were driving on our way to eat and the drummer said “Torrence, there’s this song I want you to sing for the open mic. It’s so you, you’ve got to hear it!” Now at this point in my life I had pulled back from singing almost entirely and focused more on teaching but he was intent and having me sing it so I said I’d listen. (Truthfully,I think the band just wanted to play it really bad and needed a vocalist but I digress.) So anyway, he pops the CD in and plays it and I was blown away. So I laughed, said “you’re CRAZY!” Sure I was flattered that he thought I could sing it, but at the same time, I’m no fool! Needless to say I never sang the song (the band was MAD) but I’ve been playing it ever since.
“Born Again” by Steve McCaster was featured on the compilation “Pure Gospel, Pure Flava” and like I said was released in 2002. I’ll admit, there weren’t many other songs that stuck out to me on it but this one track was worth it. Well, it popped on today so I figured I’d share. Listen and tell me what you think. It’s very straight ahead jazz, meets “neo-soul” meets almost funk….ok, that was a bad description. It’s just GOOD! Steve’s delivery is sooooo on point it makes no sense and the changes? BRILLIANT! Enjoy!
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