Monday Music

[youtube]_0mm4u2VzDs[/youtube]  Someone once said,“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” This song by Trace Adkins speaks to those rough men who have been there to prevent harm from befalling others.  Sometimes they are there for erroneous reasons, but that is the fault of their leaders.  The lines that speak to me most in this song are

Say a prayer for peace (for peace)
For our daughters and our sons
Set our spirits free (set us free)
Let us lay down our guns
Sweet mother Mary, we’re so tired
But we can’t come home (No
we can’t come home)
‘Til the last shot’s fired

Monday Music

I can’t believe that I haven’t written a whole post about Larry Norman.  Larry to me is the reason that there is contemporary Christian music.  Larry managed to merge rock and roll with a Christian message, while communicating a social message of Jesus love, acceptance and justice.  He sang songs about the war in Vietnam, about the things his non christian friends were experimenting with, about social injustice, about hypocriscy but they all came back to a message about God and his attributes in some way.  I saw Larry in concert many times, sometimes just him and his guitar, or him and a piano, or maybe him with a full band.   One time I even was a roadie for a band that opened for him here in Portland.  The boys and I got a chance to go see him together years ago in Salem, where Dukkie got to present him with some artwork that he had done and Larry signed another copy of it for Daniel.  Larry finished visiting this planet on February 28, 2008 and is now residing in another land for eternity.

Monday Music

Lynn Johnson and Shelly Barre

Todays’ music won’t be found anywhere except in the memories of some people.  I remember from High School the sounds from the singing groups that Mr. DeBusman directed and some of the good music from people at church.  From one summer full of camps I remember the gorgeous voice of Traci Apple, whom I wanted to sign at my wedding but was overruled.  When we went to Community Bible Fellowship there were many wonderful voices that we got to listen to Bob Crews, Danielle Capps Valentine, Lynn Johnson and Shelley Coulter Barre were a few of the great voices that I wish I could find some way to put on my ipod.

Monday Music

Last Friday, February 26, would have been Johnny Cash’s’ 78th birthday, which makes my Dad just a month older than Johnny would have been.  I heard during the day that someone was trying to start a movement to get people to dress entirely in black, for the Man in Black, on Johnny’s birthday.  As a reminder of the things he sang about in the song, Man in Black,

Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he’s a victim of the times.

I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you’d think He’s talking straight to you and me.

Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.

I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin’ for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen’ that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen’ that we all were on their side.

Well, there’s things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin’ everywhere you go,
But ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You’ll never see me wear a suit of white.

Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything’s OK,
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.

There are many things to remember about Johnny Cash and all his music, but this seems like a fitting tribute to John.  Starting February 26, 2011 I will attempt to undertake this tribute annually.

Monday Music

So Van Halen is the last name of two of the members of this awesome SoCal band, but there is only one true band named Van Halen.  The true Van Halen is the band that consist of Eddie Van Halen shredding on guitar, Michael Anthony and Alex Van Halen setting down the rhythm on bass and drums and the very, very awesome David Lee Roth belting out the awesome lyrics and putting on a awesome show.  As much as I like Sammy Hagar, it just wasn’t the same.  His songs I Can’t Drive 55, Red, 3 Lock Box and One Way to Rock are great, but he only had one good song with Van Halen, Right Now.  I realize that now 3/4 of the band are named Van Halen, but it just doesn’t seem right without Michael Anthony.  I have lots of the true Van Halen on my ipod.