It was an exciting night at our house tonight! It was the 5th grade band students and parent meeting. It was also the night many students got their instruments.
Last week our band director had each student try out all the instruments to see what would be a good fit for each of them. Our daughter could have played any instrument she wanted except percussion. They have to limit that number or it would end up being a band of drummers.
After a little debate, she decided on the flute. Excellent choice! Her Mom played flute all though high school. Her Grandma also played the flute so she has some outside help if needed.
The flute is the perfect size for her. Picturing her trying to lug around a trombone is somewhat comical. Even carrying a trumpet home from school would probably wear her out… but a flute is light weight and can fit in her back pack.
Clarinets are smaller too but I don’t think that was even a consideration since that’s what her sister plays.
As parent I love to see my kids get excited about something positive and tonight my daughter was excited! She’s already got aspirations of being able to play in Church someday accompanied by her Grandma on piano.
The band director was excited too. He said that the 5th grade band will have 60 members and promised a great rendition of Hot Cross Buns at their first concert. I hope so. Who doesn’t love Hot Cross Buns?
I wanted to find a Bible verse to match the excitement towards music and musical instruments that I saw tonight. The Bible is full of them but I decided to go with Psalm 150:4 (NRSV).
“Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!”
Do you play a musical instrument? Can you remember how excited you were when you got your first instrument?
I’m a big Keith Urban fan. It’s well documented in my previous song review of Raise’em Up so I won’t go over it again.
What I will talk about is his new song John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.
One of the things I love most about the song is all the memories it invokes:
45 records… I had a collection with my favorite songs in grade school.
Pepsi Cola… My Dad drinks Pepsi. Always has. Always will. It’s how he starts his day.
Don Mc Lean… My folks had the American Pie album and I used to sing that song a lot. Although at the time I had know idea of most of the references or the musical significance of the song.
John Cougar… I always thought he was cool and really dug the song Jack and Diane.
John Deere… My Grandpa and Uncles won’t let a red tractor on the yard. It’s all green! That’s what I grew up believing.
John 3:16… I think this is probably the first Bible verse any of us ever learned.
There’s also one line that really hits me… “I spent a lot of years running from believing, looking for another way to save my soul”.
This was me after my parent’s divorce and I headed off to college. I wouldn’t say I lost my faith but I sure didn’t put it into practice. I credit my wife for helping me get back on the right path.
To me the whole song John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 is all about simpler and less complicated times. It’s about youth, innocence, and freedom.
It’s a fun song with a great groove too! Even though it’s getting played on country radio stations I could hear it on soft rock or adult contemporary stations too. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.