Rock and Roll

Our family loves music. We love jazz, classical, inspirational, and we love rock music! We are picky about what the kids listen to, but we do let them listen to a variety of music. We talk about it…the feelings it brings up, the artists’ motivation for writing the music, and we talk about the lives of the artists themselves.

Our church is known for having amazing Christian rock music! Steele Croswhite is a pastor and music minister at our church, and having a former-rock-star-turned-pastor has given us the chance to be a part of a really amazing Christian music movement! Hubby plays bass in one of the smaller bands, and our family has been getting more involved in making music at home…which has been a real blessing.

This summer, Eldest had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks at the School of Rock’s boot camp. He and his cousin spent two weeks playing guitar and singing from nine to three with bands made up of of kids around their age, and then performed on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. It was a great experience for him, and he learned an amazing amount in a short time. He now plays his guitar constantly and has been hoping to be a part of a youth band at church soon.

I was so proud of the way Eldest came through…he is a child who does not like to put himself forward, and he struggled a little finding the courage to take a lead roll. But he did it! That was a lesson that he needed to learn, and it was a blessing that he was able to. But for me, the biggest blessing of all was when he came home the second day of camp and said:

“Mom, I like camp and all and I’m learning a lot. But I don’t want to be a rock star….I just want to use music to worship God.”

Ah! I couldn’t have been prouder if he had just won American Idol.

It’s hard sometimes to balance popular culture with Christian values. Impossible, sometimes. But I think it’s important to find ways to be in the world and not of it, to let our lights shine and use whatever talents God gave us for His glory. Kind David, after all, was a sort of a Rock Star in his time…and there is something wonderful about hearing the words he put to music so long ago woven into guitar riffs and sung with joy!

Here are some photos of the “joyful noise”….a medley of Woodstock bands and other rock….

“Green River” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

The cousins

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