I’m listening tonight to some music I first fell in love with while in high school–Lamb. It was one of the first “Messianic Jewish” recording groups. Now, I don’t want to spark a debate about that particular movement. I just love their music.
While listening to it, my mind wandered to those days of long ago, laying on the floor in my room listening to my records or the radio. I also thought about an old program that aired late at night–“Nightsounds,” with Bill Pearce. I did a little search and discovered it is still on. Better still, I managed to tune in to the last ten minutes of tonight’s program.
Then I thought of an old friend, Brad McIntyre, with whom I was recently back in touch. I stumbled on to his daughter’s MySpace page, where she can be heard singing some of his old songs with him.
Those were the days of Dallas Holm, Don Francisco, Evie Tornquist, the Imperials, Honeytree, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Barry McGuire, Bill Gaither, and a long-haired John Michael Talbot.
I became friends with Steve Varro back then. He was a young magician, working at a Christian bookstore to make ends meet (the place I bought many of the above albums). We were both members of the Rockford, IL, Seventh-day Adventist Church (he was probably ten years older). A few years later I was at Atlantic Union College and he came through town; we literally bumped into each other in the dorm lobby. He invited me to go to the Le Grand David magic show with him, and suggested I invite a friend. That was my first date with Joy. A few years later we were in Loma Linda, where he was also living, running the AV department.
Well, that’s enough reminiscing for now ….