4/8/1947 – 2/24/2008
I’ve posted but a few of Larry’s songs. There are literally hundreds of songs – and they’re all profound. I was fortunate enough to see Larry in concert a few times, and I even got to hang out with him once at Denny’s. I was at Creation Festival in ’99 when he was scheduled to play the 30-minute/first act of the evening/people are still gathering slot. They let him play for over an hour. Most of the young people didn’t even know who was playing, but they were drawn in anyway. A portion of this set is captured in the Creation 20th Anniversary Video.
Larry was an odd bird. He was different. I kinda think you have to NOT be able to function “normally” in this world and be able to be the type of artist that creates such profound works. You can’t be mainstream and cutting edge at the same time.
Some of you may remember a song by DC Talk a few years back, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”. That’s Larry’s song.
His music has not only impacted my wife and I profoundly, but our children as well. My children have grown up on old-school (classic) rock – both ‘christian’ and ‘secular’. If today’s music was any better, I wouldn’t mind if they listened to it. But the music has to SAY something. It has to make you FEEL something. There should be something in the artform that makes you think, feel, laugh, cry…something.
Larry was a master at this; he was a pioneer. If there’s a rock-n-roll heaven, I know they have a hell of a band – and they’re currently covering all of Larry songs with a new and improved Larry Norman singing lead vocal, playing keyboard, and guitar.
I encourage you to find buy a CD or two of Larry’s music. Start with the original classics – “Only Visiting This Planet”, “So Long Ago the Garden”, “In Another Land”, “Upon This Rock”.
” I feel no loss of hope as I’ve grown older.
Only this world’s weight upon my shoulder.”
Enjoy the weightlessness, Larry…