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December 16, 2003

REVIEW

Souix City Journal

If Tonic Sol-Fa edges into Contemporary Christian Music, does that mean Plastic Santa will have to go? If that's the deal breaker, we don't want to see the shift happen. Yet at the popular a cappella group's Christmas concert Friday night at the Orpheum Theater, there was a definite tip in the CCM direction. In addition to the traditional Christmas carols, the four (Jared Dove, Shaun Johnson, Mark McGowan and Greg Bannwarth) sang several original numbers that seemed ready for Dove Award consideration. "Joseph's Song," a Johnson composition that put the spotlight on Mary's husband, and "Who Will Love Me," a new cut from the "Red Vinyl" CD, had a distinct gospel feel that could net them plenty of concert dates and lots of airplay. They're fine songs. But part of the group's joy is the fun it has with the secular aspects of the holiday. The "Ice Ice Baby" Christmas medley (done as an encore) is a tribute to the quartet's ingenuity; Plastic Santa's original number was a chance for Bannwarth to show his worth as a comedian. As dumb as it sounds, a lawn ornament that sings has real merit. Friday, the jolly old polyvinyl did himself proud. More

Posted by acapnews at December 16, 2003 8:04 AM

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