Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Seminary Four with Paul Orjala Songs From Your Seminary 1968(?)
Yeah, so this was in a box of records I purchased. It's pretty awful. It's an album put out by the Nazarene Theological Seminary of Kansas City. It features the "Seminary Four" and the seminary's musical director on piano for accompaniment, that's it. Four really white dudes, who are kind of good singers, doing old spirituals. It's as white as you can imagine.
Just makes me question what was the purpose of this? The title indicates it's "Songs From Your Seminary," so was it provided to those studying at the seminary? Did they have to purchase it with their books? Why did they need a record to learn the songs? Couldn't the music director, Paul Orjala, have taught them as part of his job? Just confusing and weird...and bad, really bad.