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Two Great North Americans
By Randall Davis Barfield   
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Last edited: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Posted: Monday, October 23, 2006

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This is about a work of love and about persistence. The results of such a combination have been outstanding.

LEGACY

She left him no money
She left him no spread
What she left was those hymns--
Resounding in his head!

Always having been involved in music, especially what some call devotional music, I knew the Gaither name but never paid much attention to it. I remember when "He Touched Me", which they authored, was relatively new and our church people were singing it now and then. One time years back I bought a gospel songs fake book for the piano. There, of course, were references to authors, composers, dates, etc. When I look in it nowadays, there is a lot of the Gaither name there. And this doesn't take into account what they have done since that publication. We missed our chances in Atlanta years ago to attend the gospel sings that are held frequently simply because we weren't into that at the time. One reason was that I was raised on gospel and church music, so, to me it was as routine as breakfast at times. Now, of course, I treasure that legacy. And with DVD... well, we're all lucky, aren't we? While I was getting back into gospel and devotional music, I began noticing the Gaither offerings. This videocassttte, that one. This DVD, that one. Wow, I thought. Somebody is really busy. And many of these programs/concerts contained older songs that I not only knew, but also cherished myself. "Farther Along" and "I'll Fly Away" are just two examples. The tunes are just special to me. The first time I purchased one of the Gaither offerings and listened to it, tears welled in my eyes. I'll admit it (I've lost a degree of my sense of shame these days.). The memories it brought back were too much to supress at the moment. That was it. I thought of my mother no longer here and how much she loved gospel songs. EVERY single Sunday morning, practically without fail unless we were traveling or something similar, my mother turned on that TV and there they were. The different gospel singers going full-speed. So, in other words, I grew up on those people. The Goodmans, The Speer family, Hovie, and so many others too numerous to name. If such an indoctrination can get someone into heaven, then my siblings and I have one foot there already. We are now the proud owners of 5 Gaither-produced DVDs and can't wait to get our grimy little hands on at least half a dozen more. And we shall, God willing. The Gaither DVDs are unbeatable as regards motivational instruments. On those cold, dark, rainy nights when you're feeling all alone or unloved and abandoned by the world (that could also be a good thing), there's nothing I could recommend more than to take out 3 or 4 Gaither DVDs and start the flow. The flow of LOVE. The flow of worshipping a Saviour we all too often put on the back burner. But then, that's another story isn't it? He, of the back burner, knows with precision how to deal with us whenever and however it pleases Him. (No scare tactics intended, but then...) So, here, in this short piece of writing, I want readers to know that North Americans greater than Bill and Gloria Gaither of Indiana (apparently) simply do not exist. And I don't even know them! But that's not important, is it? What's important is they have amassed one of the greatest collections of American gospel and folk music ever imagined and THEIR legacy to us American citizens will long be remembered and made use of (by listening) for many, many years too numerous to predict. This is great news. No one can doubt that it was and has been a super, fantastic and arduous project for this couple, but they have carried it out beautifully because they did it with God's help (guidance) and His eager approval. I'll hush now. No sense in rambling on and on. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Gaither from just one more little voice out there (mine) in cyberspace. Thank you again and again for making so many blessings available to all who are interested in receiving them.   

 

 


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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 10/26/2006
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