Posted by: ubahleeob | March 3, 2008

Larry Norman — Visiting No Longer

I just learned that Larry Norman passed away a couple of days ago.  Larry was an original.  The father of the modern Christian music movement, for the most part, he was shunned by the very church he tried to help.  I had the honor of seeing him perform live.  There were only 10 or 15 of us.  Larry played like he was playing to thousands.  He took questions from the “crowd”.

However, it was a more personal meeting that changed the way I saw Larry and the way I view all Christian artist. Larry happened to stop by a Christian book store I managed.  He was looking to trade music for books.  I was interested since most of his catalog was no longer available in the states.  While we were standing negotiating, one of my staff asked him what type of music he liked.  I will never forget his response,

“It doesn’t matter to me how well you play. So what if you can play like __insert name of favorite artist here___. What matters to me is this; where are you in the battle. Are you using the gift God gave you, not are you trying to sound like someone eles’s gift.  No, are you using your voice, refining your gift.  Those are the people that I want to listen too.”

 Creative to the end, these are the words Larry dictated shortly before his death:

I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God’s hand reaching down to pick me up. I have been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home …Goodbye, farewell, we’ll meet again  — Somewhere beyond the sky —- I pray that you will stay with God

Goodbye, my friends, goodbye.

Larry

 

Yes Larry, we’ll see ya soon.

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