On my last post, “Weekend Update”, I forgot to mention Ted Yoder. Ted plays the hammered dulcimer, and he played during our church services on Sunday. I wanted to mention him, because I thought he was pretty awesome. So awesome that I bought all 4 of his CD’s. I listened to three so far, and haven’t been sorry. I am saving the Christmas one for the day after Thanksgiving. I just can’t bring myself to put up decorations or listen to Christmas music until then, even though I know the stores are already bombarding us with it.
I just finished up a book study on Francis Chan’s “Forgotten God“, and our group had a discussion a couple of weeks ago about the time King David danced in his priestly underwear in front of the Ark, and his wife was embarrassed and basically told him he was nuts. We talked about what would have to happen for one of us to ‘dance before the Lord’ in such a manner – I mean, it’s kind of ‘out there’ for most midwesterners to dance in church. Actually, to dance at all, even at a wedding, unless they have imbibed in several ounces of liquid courage.
Well, listening to Ted play on Sunday put me in a ‘dance before the Lord’ frame of mind. Others too – you could see it on their faces – everyone was animated and on the edges of their seats. And maybe it’s because he was in person – music has more of an effect on me when I hear it live than on a CD or the radio, and maybe you won’t feel the Holy Spirit move in you when you listen to it. But I invite you to visit his website and check it out. He’s very down to earth, and plays other music besides Christian. One of his CD’s has his “Yoder-ized” version of “Rainbow Connection” that I love (from the Muppet Movie – yes, I am a Muppet fan. I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you).
I’m always open to new musical experiences so would love to try your recommendations too if you are willing to share – what kinds of music or songs or specific artists do you listen to that you connect with on a spiritual level?
PS – tomorrow, I am back at the workout posts – I have a few things to share!