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Michael Booth Gives His Thoughts On Declaration

Yesterday I received an email from Michael booth about the Mega Review of their latest CD. His insights into the project, and the reason behind it are stunning and quite refreshing to be perfectly honest. I continue to be impressed over and over again by the Booth Brothers. They are truly an example for the rest of Southern Gospel to follow. Below are the comments from Michael. Which he gave me permission to post.

I wanted to thank you all for such a large and detailed review. I was impressed with so many insightful thoughts and expressions concerning the recording.

The purpose for Declaration was two fold. First was doctrine and theology. There are truths that I can’t get to in our concerts because of time. I talk enough as it is so I cannot take any more time away from the music. I shared this frustration of truths un-proclaimed with my close friend Scott Fowler. He suggested that we sing the truths in songs. Duh! Why didn’t i think of that? The problem was finding songs that contain certain truths that I was wanting to proclaim that would fit our audience. One might think that gospel songs cover everything that needs to be covered but I TOTALLY disagree. Many SG songs have fallen short of seeing truths through in a concise way. Such as Gods wrath. I have never heard a SG song address this truth in an effectively concise way. If I did then I can’t remember.

Fundamental truths are sadly taken for granted and left unclear too often in gospel songs. Now I realize the almost impossible task of clearly presenting some truths in three to five minutes, however I still believe that we can do better. So with Declaration we made an attempt at growing to a new level of intelligible concise doctrine and theology in music.

The second reason for Declaration was to present a new musical dynamic for our live program. We have established smooth and exciting. We felt that it was time to introduce something sonically fresh for the sake of variety and to keep from falling into the trap of complacency. Yet at the same time staying within our abilities and the boundaries of our audiences musical tastes.

Simple HUH????

We feel good about the truths in Declaration. Our hope is that it will influence others to take note and pursue an effort in growing the level of material on future recordings.

The obvious choice for a producer was Lari. Someone asked when they heard that Lari produced the recording if it sounded like everything else that Lari does. It made me laugh because that “Lari sound” is why we went to Lari! We wanted it to sound fundamentally like all of Lari’s other recordings but we believed that we could make it unique enough with our sound and input. Lari is one of a kind. Another thing is that we recognized the Cathedrals Symphony of Praise recording has lasted and continues to sustain its initial impact. Meaning that if Declaration is anything like SOP then it will last and sell a LONG time. That is why we could justify the great expense of this recording. We put three times the money into this recording than any of our past recordings.

Now the negative issues.

It’s too heavy for simple listening. My mother said that it wears her out to listen to all of it. It does the same to me also. We knew that this would happen. The problem as one of you said is that it is an in-your-face-ballad-lyrically-heavy recording.  I agree! The problem was that it was almost impossible to find up-tempo songs that could hang with the ballads on this recording. To ask the average SG up-tempo song to stand beside one of these diamonds would certainly prove to be unfair and would diminish the purpose of a fresh sonic approach. However it was made more challenging to record an up-tempo that would be palatable to our current audience and sonically fit with the Goss ballads. This was one of our greatest musical challenges in our entire career. We “almost” did it. I think at the least ONE more up-tempo would have helped BUT then we would get into higher production cost, royalties etc. At some point ya just gotta stop. Also…. I just couldn’t find another up song. Not at the time anyway.

So far the recording is working very well in concerts and people are being impacted by the truths. That is all that we could ask for. You guys did a great review. Now you can see how insightful some of your thoughts were.

Your positive comments are greatly appreciated and any negative comments I feel were accurate.

MB


Here are some links to some reactions to this email, from Wes Burke and Daniel Mount. They have some very nice insights as well.

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