I read over at b4dguy.wordpress.com about the passing of a legend, Larry Norman. Is it a) ironic or b) poetic or c) Him … that the day after Larry leaves this planet (he was just visiting after all) I am confronted with “Christian” music ahh… issues?
Here’s a couple of quotes from Larry from back before I was paying any attention to him:
- “I’m pleased with what’s happening in England and Europe…but I’m not totally thrilled about the commercialisation of Christian music in America.”
- [Christian music generally meant] “sloppy thinking, dishonest metaphors, and bad poetry.”
Badguy dragged me to one of Larry’s concerts in 2000 where I remember him almost bragging about NOT being on the cover of CCM. At the time as a new believer, I did not understand everything he was talking about.
Also, I found the following on Wikipedia very interesting:
Norman sought to help musicians who were struggling with drug problems in the 1970s. He began a Bible study called “The Vineyard” for actors and musicians, and as it grew Folk/rock performer Bob Dylan became one of the attendees. Dylan subsequently became familiar with Norman’s records Only Visiting This Planet and So Long Ago the Garden. During this period, he released three albums that were stylistically similar to Norman’s: Slow Train Coming (1979), Saved (1980), and Shot of Love (1981).
While Norman said in a 1984 interview that he didn’t know Dylan very well, he remembered thinking “This is the greatest album I’ve ever heard”” when Slow Train Coming was released. He said of the album “I’ll never write one as good as that, he’ll never write one as good as that, – nobody will. It touched me in every area. You know men in conflict, like Dylan was when he was dying to self and becoming a Christian are very interesting…We were all afraid that he would be overly affected by the evangelical simplicity of American mindlessness and write an album that wasn’t really worth his gift for poetry. That album is like a prayer, it’s a beautiful prayer, a social communion. It’s a communion for all the disenchanted people that are angry.”