- Artist: Ebenezer & the Hymnasters
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/29/2009
The Golden Parade represents the collaborative work of a merry band of musical friends from Indianapolis, IN. By mixing historical themes with new composition, the group sought to bring new life to the age-old tradition of "murder ballads." Combining the homey sounds of folk instruments with electric guitar, lap steel, and explosive vocals, they've achieved an eclectic new sound and shone the spotlight on a forgotten genre. Each selection has particular meaning for the musicians: Pleasant Street is a quiet-but hopeful-reflection on personal experiences of loss, 1927 describes the actual events surrounding the burning of local landmark St Patrick's Cathedral, and Fountain Square, Please Don't Die represents the plea of downtown Indianapolis residents to keep a community together in the face of urban decay. Except for the traditional ballad On the Banks of the Ohio, each piece is a new composition arranged by singer/songwriter Bruce Benedict. These songs are messages of longing, musically set in powerful melodies and dressed up with inventive instrumentation and vocals. The sound floats like gossamer or crashes down in cacophonous rancor, but the feeling of pining for a time gone by lingers on. Ebenezer and the Hymnasters existed in full force between 2006-2008 performing regularly in the Indianapolis area. The Hymnasters enjoyed appearing frequently at Radio Radio in Fountain Square and The Melody Inn. They were honored to be asked to perform for the IMA Memorial for Kurt Vonnegut, and participated in several charity band functions including "Tonic Ball" for Second Helpings and "A Series of Fortunate Events" celebrating breast cancer survivors. The collective still reunites occasionally for performances at The Harrison Center for the Arts and IMAF (Independent Music + Art Festival) in Indianapolis. The Hymnasters hope you enjoy their little home-grown project. Most of the recording was done either in rehearsal space at the historic Centrum Building or in a tiny bathroom in a blue house on Pleasant Street. We are deeply indebted to John Whynot for mixing and mastering, Matthew Hale and Kipp Normand for graphic design, and Jim Walker for his photography. This recording stands as a memorial for the history of their city, their life experiences, and their merry time making music together.