Sunday, February 03, 2008

Larry Norman at 60

This article by Philip Cooney is well worth reading. If you have heard of Larry Norman, you have just confirmed my suspicions: you are a fellow oldie! If you haven't, reading Phil's article will whet your appetite for listening to his great songs, I hope.

I got my first Larry Norman LP on loan from Maxine McKew's second cousin, Laura, who was one of my guitar students in Brisbane. [Yes, I know I can hardly play the guitar, but I got away with it for a few years while eking out an existence at Kenmore Christian College i the late 70s.]

The remastered version of the LP is fabulous and includes quite a few extra tracks, all interesting.

Phil's article is in the online version of The Briefing called The Longing.

1 comment:

musical elf said...

From my blog:

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Larry Norman...RIP
Current mood: sad

I just received a e-mail that one of my musical inspirations passed away today. Larry Norman inspired me in so many ways....I can't gather all my thoughts right now...Many only knew him from the song "I wish we'd all been ready", that is a true shame. Right now I am just numb..I feel like I have lost a member of my own family. I can see you right now...the first picture I saw of you...on the cover of Campus Life magazine...seems like just a few years ago...but it was mid to late 70's...

I will comment more later in the week....but for right now all I can say is, Larry Norman....Thank You, you challenged me to be a more real and caring person....You will be missed by many...

(below is the e-mail form Solid Rock Music)

Hello everybody.

Our friend and my wonderful brother Larry passed away at 2:45 Sunday
morning. Kristin and I were with him, holding his hands and sitting in
bed with him when his heart finally slowed to a stop. We spent this past
week laughing, singing, and praying with him, and all the while he had
us taking notes on new song ideas and instructions on how to continue
his ministry and art.

Several of you friends here got to come and visit with him in the last
couple of weeks and were a great source of help and friendship to Larry.
Ray Sievers, Derek Robertson, Mike Makinster, Matt Simmons, and a few
more. Thank you guys. Larry appreciated your visits very much. And he
greatly appreciated the thoughts, wishes, support and prayers that came
from all of you Army members on a daily basis. Thank you for being part
of his small circle of friends over the years. Yesterday afternoon he
knew he was going to go home to God very soon and he dictated the
following message to you while his friend Allen Fleming typed these
words into Larry's computer:
____________ _________ _________ __

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.

My brother Charles is right, I wont be here much longer. I cant do
anything about it. My heart is too weak. I want to say goodbye to
everyone. In the past you have generously supported me with prayer and
finance and we will probably still need financial help

My plan is to be buried in a simple pine box with some flowers inside.
But still it will be costly because of funeral arrangement,
transportation to the gravesite, entombment, coordination, legal papers
etc. However money is not really what I need, I want to say I love you.

I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be
a funeral posted here on the website, in case some of you want to
attend. We are not sure of the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell,
we will meet again.

Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet again
Somewhere beyond the sky.
I pray that you will stay with God
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye.

____________ _________ _________ _________ _

Thank you to all of you who were so nice to my brother over the years.
Kristin and I will post funeral information in the next day or two.
Right now we're not able to function very well, but the whole family is
here... our mother Margaret, our sisters Nancy and Kristy, Mike Norman
and his new wife Tiffany, and Silver.

We miss him beyond words. Thank you for everything.

Peace to you all in Christ,

Charles Norman