Sunday Gospel

with Deacon Carl

Sundays at 8:00AM

Deacon Carl (Sandbeck) brings his love of gospel music to WDRT listeners every Sunday from 8 am to 9 am. It’s the stuff a listener is hard pressed to find anywhere on the radio dial. Anywhere except WDRT, that is.

Carl grew up in church turning pages at the organ and piano for his mother and regrets now not taking those piano lessons. Although he’s played bass in a bunch of different church bands, his real love for gospel music started when he was invited to try out and sing with the Harvest Gospel Choir in Riverhead, N.Y.

The Choir is usually 60-70 voices, depending on the year and predominately African American. It’s a pickup choir that schedules five – four hour rehearsals and then does three two hours shows every year at the harvest season. Being in the middle of all that vocal power is transformative, as is the realization that the music is never over until its “over”. A drum hit, an organ chord, a shout from the alto section can start things all over… despite the conductor. He did that for six seasons.

Before moving to Viroqua in 2017 Carl played bass at the Life Empowerment Worship Center of Long Island for a year and half. The band was loud, the singing was loud and the music often modulated through 4 or 5 keys to get to what “felt like” the end.

If you listen to the show, hopefully you’ll pick up that choir group vibe. The vibe you get being in the middle singing loudly from deep inside. It’s not the one you get sitting very still hands folded in your lap.

It’s OK, maybe clear out some chairs and dance around. That’s what he’s doing.

Sunday Gospel

with Deacon Carl

Sundays at 8:00AM

Deacon Carl (Sandbeck) brings his love of gospel music to WDRT listeners every Sunday from 8 am to 9 am. It’s the stuff a listener is hard pressed to find anywhere on the radio dial. Anywhere except WDRT, that is.

Carl grew up in church turning pages at the organ and piano for his mother and regrets now not taking those piano lessons. Although he’s played bass in a bunch of different church bands, his real love for gospel music started when he was invited to try out and sing with the Harvest Gospel Choir in Riverhead, N.Y. The Choir is usually 60-70 voices, depending on the year and predominately African American. It’s a pickup choir that schedules five – four hour rehearsals and then does three two hours shows every year at the harvest season. Being in the middle of all that vocal power is transformative, as is the realization that the music is never over until its “over”. A drum hit, an organ chord, a shout from the alto section can start things all over… despite the conductor. He did that for six seasons.

Before moving to Viroqua in 2017 Carl played bass at the Life Empowerment Worship Center of Long Island for a year and half. The band was loud, the singing was loud and the music often modulated through 4 or 5 keys to get to what “felt like” the end.

If you listen to the show, hopefully you’ll pick up that choir group vibe. The vibe you get being in the middle singing loudly from deep inside. It’s not the one you get sitting very still hands folded in your lap.

It’s OK, maybe clear out some chairs and dance around. That’s what he’s doing.

Email: deaconcarl@wdrt.org

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