Thursday, November 6, 2014

Paul Mickelson

Artist: Paul Mickelson
LP: Paul Mickelson Plays For Youth
Song: "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" 
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Organ virtuoso Paul Mickelson played with evangelist Billy Graham in the years 1950 to 1957, beginning when he was just 22 years old. You can read more about Mr. Mickelson at the online tribute to his life and music here. There's no denying Paul Mickelson's got talent, but I find there's something belittling in the way he plays for youth on this particular LP, released on the Word label in 1961. Paul's rendition of "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder," in particular, seems to minimize the very audience he hopes to reach.

[ Paul Mickelson: December 30, 1927 — October 21, 2001 ]

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