Earlier this evening, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound did a live video taping for their Cathedrals Tribute 2 DVD / 2 CD project that’s coming out later this year.

  • Wedding Music – featuring bass singer Tim Duncan. Ernie Haase’s power tag was so strong that his almost-unamplified voice could be heard in the balconies before he lifted the microphone to his mouth.
  • Step Into the Water – featuring Tim. Energetic, and the audience loved it.
  • Boundless Love – Remember the power tag, modulating up several times at the end? Ernie Haase sang both that and a third above that at multiple points.
  • I’m Gonna Live Forever – featuring Ernie. The lyric about name hung on lights on a marquee was slightly ironic given the setting, but I suppose, literally speaking, it wasn’t hung in lights.
  • Yesterday – featuring lead singer Devin McGlamery. He did a great job on a song typically thought of as a bass solo.
  • Oh What a Savior – featuring Ernie, and, of course, receiving a massive standing ovation. If Ernie puts this song this early in the program, you know very good things are in store for later. There’s a little musical riff at the end of the line “His hands were nail scarred” in the final chorus where, in his early Cathedrals days, Ernie used to go up to the fifth (high D-flat, with a brief E-flat) instead of singing a straight third (B-flat); fittingly for a Cathedrals tribute project, he revisited that little riff. While many of the songs had new, creative twists, this is a song so long associated with Haase that this nod back to the original arrangement was a little gem for Cathedrals buffs passionate enough to be paying attention to the little details.
  • Old Convention song – band members Wayne Haun (at piano) and Tracey Phillips (at keyboard) swapped spots, and Phillips offered a fantastic convention-style intro, so good that Haase stopped the song and had her do it again.
  • Wonderful Grace of Jesus – five-part acapella arangement, featuring pianist Wayne Haun on the fifth part.
  • Sinner Saved By Grace – baritone Doug Anderson and lead Devin McGlamery both had solos. Doug’s solo was one of the strongest of the night; I wasn’t entirely sure what to think of the first few lines of Devin’s solo, but he finished so strongly that the song would have to go down as one of the night’s highlights.
  • My Heart is a Chapel – featuring Ernie. This is the first of a string of songs from their Influenced projects that weren’t actually recorded by the Cathedrals, but Haase tied them into the program by discussing how much the groups who came before had inspired the Cathedrals.
  • Swinging on the Golden Gate – featuring Doug.
  • Walk With Me – featuring Ernie. Bill Gaither came out to play piano on this one. He is masterful at getting an audience to underestimate his skills, whether on piano or otherwise—and just as good in turning that audience mis-calcuation around into getting a strong response for the song he’s setting up. The song received a standing ovation.
  • Can He, Could He, Would He. On this song, Wayne Haun came on stage playing a tuba – the wraparound sort where the player stands inside. Tracey Phillips was also playing a different instrument – perhaps a flute, but it was somewhat hard to tell from the balcony. Several children came up and started dancing part-way through the song; I thought I spotted Doug Anderson’s daughters, so it was probably planned, but it was still a fun little touch.
  • Life Will Be Sweeter Someday
  • Mexico – Wayne Haun moved from piano to xylophone on this one, and Tracey Phillips played a Mexican gourd-based rattle percussion instrument. A stage hand came out with sombreros midway through the song and placed one on each member’s head, providing for a nice little comedic moment.
  • [There may have been another song here, but I can’t read my notes scribbled hastily in near-darkness; check Nate Stainbrook’s blog for the song. Nate and I sat together, and I know he was also taking notes.]
  • Beulah Land – featuring Squire Parsons on a surprise guest vocal. Parsons got a standing ovation upon walking out on stage.
  • God Delivers Again – featuring Tim.
  • He Made a Change – featuring Doug, who delivered a spot-on perfect rendition. Co-author Joel Lindsey was in the audience and was recognized from stage. Haase and Duncan delivered power tenor and bass parts, respectively.
  • Movin’ up to Gloryland – Haase had the drummer, bass guitarist, and several band members do the “moo-oo-oo-oovin'” part on the chorus; Tim Duncan provided a great comedy moment when he asked to (and attempted) the part.
  • Haase introduced several of the songwriters (Joel Lindsey, Dianne Wilkinson) and family members (Glen’s and Roger’s widows, and numerous members of the Payne and Younce families). These were some of the most moving moments of the evening.
  • Laughing Song – George Younce’s son George Lane sang the first verse – the only verse with words. Though he might not have the same level of range or command that fifty years of stage performance gave his father, his voice has a very similar tone and timbre, and it was one of the night’s most unexpected pleasant surprises.
  • I Thirst – featuring Doug and Ernie. Simple, laid-back, but incredibly emotive performance. It’s one of those night’s hidden highlights that will bear up well under dozens of replays.
  • Champion of Love – featuring Wayne Haun. Standing ovation, and Wayne is now on his way to being known for his vocal abilities—much like another pianist a quarter-century ago who was not known for vocal abilities until the song came out.
  • Plan of Salvation – featuring Tim
  • We Shall See Jesus – featuring Devin McGlamery on the first verse, group harmonies on the second, and a video replay of Glen Payne singing the last verse (from the Cathedrals’ Farewell video). While I would have liked to hear the audience response had Devin carried the song all the way through, bringing Glen in was probably the safest route, and . . . what can I say, it worked, and it’s hard to argue with success. The new arrangement brought the house down, with a decibel level approaching twice the response to anything else all night.
  • Gaither Medley (Gentle Shepherd / Something About That Name / I Will Serve Thee / Jesus, We Just Want to Thank You)
  • Search Me – video of George & Glen singing the song, again from the Cathedrals’ Farewell project.
  • This Old House – featuring Tim. The audience stood through the whole song.
  • Boundless Love encore – audience stood throughout.

This should make for an enjoyable two-DVD set, to be released some time within the next few months.