Wednesday, April 8, 2015


“Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world.” Bill Monroe (the Father of Bluegrass.)

I don't really understand the differences between Bluegrass, Gospel, Country, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and Jazz . . .

but wait, before you judge too harshly, let me explain. 

Music from my childhood  . . . 

and by childhood I mean before I had encountered peer influence as well as access to musical selections of my choosing . . . 

Anyway, music from my childhood involved show tunes, Disney musical scores, close-harmony Forever Plaid type of songs, bits of Opera when unavoidable and lots and lots and lots of slow, solemn Hymns. 

At this point I debated including some examples and chose not to. 

You are welcome! 

This amazing kid is Brendan MacFarlane from Perth, Scotland. 

A bit of his story from his web site: 

Brendan’s granny Peeps was driving him home when he heard, ‘So Lonesome I Could Cry’ by Hank Williams. Brendan looked sad and told Peeps he was sad for the lonesome man who was singing. Brendan listened to the song line by line. After learning each line he would run down the stairs and repeat it to his father until he had the whole song down.  

Going back to the religious roots in music . . . 

and I'm sorry I'm blurring the genres, it took me a surprisingly long time to listen to these other kinds of music. 

I feel a bit cheated. 

I think I would have been more engaged in religious services with this type of rich and expansive music.  

Perhaps not, but I'm enjoying the new experiences now. 

"God had to create Disco music 
so I could be born and be successful." 
Donna Summer 

One more clip, not related to music, but definitely related to church. The irony is, my memory of church services (and fair to say, it would have been classified as "White Church") is they lasted F-O-R-E -V-E-R with no awesome music or step teams. 

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