Category Archives: Music

Merry Christmas

Posting has been a little slow lately (you noticed that, didn’t you?). With the activities of the holidays I haven’t had much time to put coherent thoughts together, but I do want to wish all of you the merriest of Christmases. I hope that your time is filled with love, laughter and the blessings of hope, peace and joy. This video is reaching back a few years but the song is a great one. Enjoy it and look for renewed posting after the holidays.

I Then Shall Live

Over the last few days, I have been receiving a large number of hits on this video. It appears to be blessing a lot of people at this sensitive time. For that reason, I am going to stick it at the top of the blog for a while. Newer posts will appear below it.

This song has been blessing, as well as challenging me, for the last couple of months as I have listened to it. Give it a listen, not just for the beautiful harmony, but for the power of the words.

His Life for Mine

   I came across this video of the Talley Trio singing their song “His Life for Mine.” If you want to be blessed, watch the video by clicking here.

   Don’t rob yourself of this opportunity for a blessing.

A Symphony of Praise–Weekend Survey

   Astronomers have recently discovered that the sun sends out magnetic sound waves that are similar in pattern to musical tones. When I read this, I couldn’t help but think of Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork.”

   It also reminded me of the great Steve Green song, “Symphony of Praise,” which kind of put me in a nostalgic mood.

   For this weekend’s survey, tell us about some of your favorite Christian artists from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Perhaps you could share a favorite song or two of theirs. Let me give a couple of mine.

Steve Green: Symphony of Praise, We Believe

Sandi Patti: Morning Like This, Upon This Rock

Larnelle Harris: Amen

I hope you have a blessed weekend.

Play It Again

   I posted this hymn last year about this time. Since then it has been one of my most popular posts, particularly in search engines. To me, it is one of the most magnificent hymns that we sing in the church today. I hope that it will add a small measure of joy to your celebration of the resurrection of our Lord.

Hallelujah, What a Savior

“Man of Sorrows,” what a name

For the Son of God who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude

In my place condemned He stood

Sealed my pardon with His blood

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Guilty, vile and helpless we

Spotless Lamb of God was He

Full atonement, can it be?

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die

“It is finished,” was His cry

Now in Heav’n exalted high

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

When He comes, our Glorious King

All His ransomed home to bring

Then anew this song we’ll sing

HALLELUJAH, WHAT A SAVIOR!

Concert Review

   This past Saturday evening, my family and I had a wonderful time at a concert hosted by the Lighthouse Children’s Home in Tallahassee, FL. LCH is a wonderful ministry that for nearly thirty years now has been helping reclaim the lives of young girls who have been scarred by sin. Their choir started off the evening with some testimonies and songs that were a real blessing.

   A very pleasant surprise (for me) that evening was the Crist Family. I had never had the opportunity to hear this family before but I was incredibly blessed. They have one of the freshest sounds I have heard in years. Putting seven vocalists on stage allows them to be creative with their harmony and they did so flawlessly. They sang a particularly pleasing arrangement on the old classic “He Looked Beyond My Fault.” I look forward to getting to hear these folks again.

   They were followed by the Mark Trammell Trio. Mark is well-known for his years with the Cathedrals, Greater Vision and Gold City. The phrase that came to mind when watching them was “pure class”. This trio has an awesome blend and their song selection was great. Two songs that stood out to me were the old standard, “I Believe In a Hill Called Mount Calvary,” and their latest single, “Once Upon a Cross.” Don’t miss an opportunity to hear these guys.

   The evening was completed by Gold City. The fellows just got up there and did what they do best. Great quartet harmony, awesome vocals and plenty of energy made for an inspiring presentation. They sang many of their standbys such as “I’m Not Giving Up” and “Midnight Cry,” but some of their newer material like “Preach the Word” and “Truth Is Marching On,”were a blessing as well. Bass vocalist, Aaron McCune, did an outstanding job on Stuart Hamblen’s, “Teach Me, Lord, To Wait”.

   Above all, each group that took the stage exalted Christ. It was a blessing to see the truth presented unapologetically and the gospel given clearly. Praise the Lord for a wonderful evening.

Elvis Lives

   That’s right, you read it here. Elvis lives. I saw him with my own two eyes Saturday afternoon. I’ll bet you’ll never guess where, so let me tell you the story.

   As I mentioned in my Weekend Survey, I took the family to Lake Seminole State Park for some fun and relaxation. We left our house shortly after lunch and after stopping by my parent’s house to take them some strawberries, we went to the Wal-mart in Bainbridge, GA, to pick up some bratwursts and accompanying goodies.

   While we were doing our shopping, I heard the strains of “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” coming from the part of the store to where we were headed. As we passed the jewelry department, I saw a large banner advertising a karaoke contest. Sure enough, there was a short, somewhat chunky version of Elvis on stage singing to Marilyn Monroe. Elvis had on the ubiquitous white-sequined suit, unbuttoned in the front exposing his pasty white chest (it was whiter than the suit). His pompadour was bigger than he was.

   A few minutes later, we came back by and there was a preacher (?) on stage performing a marriage ceremony for Elvis and Marilyn. The cashier told me they were renewing their vows…dressed up in silly costumes…in Wal-mart. Isn’t that romantic?

   We continued on to the lake where we had a great time of fun and relaxation, all except for the four hours of non-stop jet skiing right in front of where I was trying to enjoy my Grisham novel. They were so loud that I could barely hear my Miles Davis CD.

   Pardon me for a ranting a little here. Why is that people on jet skis think that the whole world exists for watching them do stupid stunts and scream like maniacs? I began to recall a favorite episode of the Andy Griffith show in which Barney buys a motorcycle and begins to terrorize the citizens of Mayberry with it. Aunt Bee offered the solution of stringing a strand of barbed wire across the road. But, after I thought about it, I realized that probably wasn’t the Christian thing to do.

   Eventually they quit and I enjoyed fifteen minutes of blissful quiet before the mosquitoes came out and made me go home.

   All in all, it was a pretty fun day.

Music Interview: Mylon Hayes

   This month’s interview is with a friend that I have known for over 20 years. Mylon Hayes and his family, from Boone, NC, have been blessing people with the message and music of Southern Gospel for a long time, now. They have appeared on the largest stages, such as the National Quartet Convention and the Bill Gaither Homecoming videos, as well as the tiniest of country churches.

 

   Anyone who has ever had a chance to hear this group minister has been blessed by quality vocals, tight harmony and, most of all, an obvious love for the Savior about whom they are singing. For many years, the group consisted of Howard and Lucy Hayes, and their children, Janet, Mylon and Sharon. In recent years, as Mylon and his sisters have begun their own families, their spouses and children have become a part of the tradition as well. 

HH: When did you first start learning music? 

Mylon: Well, I’ve always been around gospel  music.  Dad and mom were singing before I was born.  But some of my earliest memories are of dad and mom teaching us harmony parts and teaching us to play an instrument.  I was 4 years old when they taught us harmony on “Jesus Loves Me” to sing at our infant cousin’s funeral.  Dad started me on bass guitar when I was about 7.  Mom worked with me on piano along about that time too, but I didn’t work on it as much as I wish I had. 

HH: What were some of the major influences in your musical development? 

Mylon:  There have been several.  Probably the greatest, other than dad and mom, was the Rex Nelon Singers.  Their music was played the most in our house.  Other influences would be the Speer Family and the Cathedrals.

 

HH: What are some of the greatest challenges that you face in your music ministry? 

Mylon:  The balance of home, family and singing would be one.  Since there are basically four families involved now it’s much harder to juggle (so to speak) all the schedules.  That’s very challenging.  When it comes to the music,  it’s becoming a little more challenging to pick out the right songs for a new recording.  Should we stay totally traditional, should we get a little more progressive?  That’s another challenge.

 

HH:  What is your favorite part about traveling and singing gospel music? 

Mylon:  This is all I ever dreamed of doing so I’m really living my dream.  And to continue doing this with my wife and kids is a blessing beyond words.  Another favorite part is singing a song and watching it really minister to someone hurting or see someone get saved.  That really does make it all worth any hardship.

 

HH: I have known you and your family for a long time and have seen you minister in a variety of venues. One thing that stands out to me is consistency. No matter where you are, you folks are always what you are. To what do you attribute this?  

Mylon: Well, when I think of how God looks at us…there are no “BIG I’s” or “little you’s.”  To borrow a phrase from a song, we’re just “common flesh and bone” so there’s no use to try to be something we’re not.  That has been modeled by Dad and Mom through the years too.  They have lived that consistent life in front of us.

 

HH:  I see a number of baritone singers who also play the bass guitar, as you do. How hard is to play one part and sing another? 

 Mylon: I started doing that when I was a kid so it’s sort of like second nature now.  It was hard in the beginning though.  You know, I’m finding that it’s harder to pick things up the older I get especially when it requires coordination.  So I’m glad I picked that up when I was much younger.  

HH: There seems to be a new generation of Hayes musicians coming up. What do you foresee for the Hayes Family down the road? 

Mylon: I’d sure be afraid to predict the future but nothing would please me more than for this ministry to continue through our kids.  We are teaching them some music and starting them on various instruments so we’ll see where God leads them.  We want them to follow the Lords leading more than anything.

 

HH: Tell us about your wife and kids. 

Mylon: Well, my beautiful wife is Wendy.  She is from
Morganton, NC and she loves this music and ministry.  She really has her heart in it as much as I.  She sings great and even has her own solo project.  Her favorite group growing up was the Nelons too.  We have twin boys, Conner and Bailey.  They are 8 years old and are singing good now.  We’ve started them on piano, bass and drums.  They also enjoy sports.  Baseball is their favorite.  They enjoy basketball too.  Our youngest is Kennedy.  She is 4 years old.  She also is singing well and starting on piano and drums a little bit.  She has beautiful red hair which was a surprise to us all.  We have pictures on the web-site if anybody wants to see.

 

HH: What do you like to do for relaxation? 

Mylon:  RELAXATION!!  What’s that? Ha!  I guess it would be playing with the kids.  That may not be very relaxing at times but it is something I get a lot of enjoyment out of.

 

HH: If you could only sing one song for the rest of your life, which one would it be?

 

Mylon: If it’s a song that our family sings, it would probably be The Last Blood.  My very favorite lyric is a song that we do not sing – The Love Of God.

Please be sure to visit the Hayes Family Ministry’s website and view the pictures as well as checking out the music that they have available.

Roger Bennett Goes Home

   The Singing News reports that longtime Southern Gospel musician, Roger Bennett, has gone home to be with the Lord following an extended battle with leukemia.

   For many years in the earlier part of his career, Roger played piano with the Cathedral Quartet. After they disbanded, Roger and Scott Fowler continued on with Legacy Five. He is known for a great personality, tremendous talent and a love for the Lord.

   Two songs from Roger’s repertoire that will stick with me are some that he did with the Cathedrals. One from the mid-80’s was a number called “Homeland”, another was one he did later called, “Don’t Be Afraid”.

   He will be missed. Please pray for his wife and children during this time. Feel free to share your thoughts or any favorite memories of Roger.

   Editorial note: Roger’s wife, Debbie, left a post on Roger’s blog concerning his passing. It, as well as the hundreds of comments following will be a blessing to you. You can read it here.

ht:  Janice

And We’re Back!

  What a trip! My dad and I had a wonderful trip to Atlanta the last couple of days to attend the State Evangelism Conference of the Georgia Baptist Convention. We were not able to get there for the entire event but we were thoroughly blessed by what we heard.

    We had the opportunity to hear Dr. Fred Luter, Dr. Ergun Caner, Dr. Johnny Hunt, and Dr. David Jeremiah among others. I was refreshed and challenged on several levels. Charles Billingsley brought some inspiring music as well.

   In addition, we had some wonderful fellowship with some old friends and made some new ones as well. It was especially nice to meet Galen Towns, aka Misawa, and fellowship over a cup of coffee with him. He is a frequent visitor and commentor here and is just as pleasant in person as he is on the web.

   After a quick visit to Bass Pro Shops (I could have stayed there all day) we returned home yesterday feeling a little tired in the body, but very refreshed in the spirit. The only problem is, since my dad is preaching a revival for us at Pine Park next week, I don’t get to preach for another week and a half or so. I may burst a blood vessel or something in the meantime.