And they did. (Sort of.)
"Why can't someone have a radio station that plays that great 'old' Christian rock music I used to listen to?" I asked. A new radio station started in Indianapolis, playing current Christian "rock" music, but it's a far cry from the good stuff I liked and spent my hard-earned money on as a youth, bands a few proud people recognize the names of, like Undercover, Steve Taylor, the 77s... And those are the big names. The Swirling Eddies have a small but stalwart following. Should I continue? (I needn't. If you recognize those names -- or know me -- you know the rest...)
So imagine my joy when dear Tim was listening to internet radio, and I heard a familiar line "...the lust, the flesh, the eyes and the pride of life..." I can remember not that many years ago sitting in a sparsely attended concert in the gymnsium of a small Baptist church in southern Indiana hearing the plaintive voice of Mike Roe singing those words, the same night I learned that Gene Eugene had died. The station earlier had been playing a song by Larnelle Harris, which I made fun of, though I should have made fun of myself for having recognized it. I decided that any radio station -- internet or otherwise -- that plays old 77s can play whatever else it wants. (Incidentally, I started paying attention to it when I heard the final chorus "He's riding with you all the way... all the way..." from Daniel Amos' "Shotgun Angel". Having worn out the cassette I had of the album by that name, it was nice to hear it again.)
Throughout the afternoon and this evening, I have discovered that the playlist is fairly limited, but has some swell stuff. I heard old Petra (please note: OLD. Before that horrible ICYC they played...), another 77s, some Steve Taylor, and, joy of all joys, the aforementioned Eddies. ("I'm sitting here chatting with Coco the talking guitar...") I can overlook The Second Chapter of Acts, a bit too much Russ Taff, and "Rocketown" by Michael W. Smith played forty thousnd times if they actually play the Swirling Eddies.
So if you feel like a little walk down 1970s and 1980s Christian music memory lane, go check out live365.com's Classic Christian station: http://www.live365.com/stations/182405. You might have to listen to a little more cheese than you wish, but I think hearing someone give a nod to all those GIANTS of Christian music can be afforded a little license.
This takes me back to some serious fun times: dancing at Taylor ("no dancing here") University to The Choir, interviewing Undercover at Cornerstone (and having the lead singer remember me after the show), front row at Steve Taylor in Holland MI ("I figured since this was the Squinternational tour, it was appropriate for me to come to Holland"), the previously mentioned night in Avoca, a thousand times through all those tapes (I can't even lift the box they're still in), trading music with Chris -- who was sooooo cool -- in college, actually meeting someone who'd heard of the Swirling Eddies and then making up a concept for a terrific "Outdoor Elvis" music video (rumor has it, by the way, that Outdoor Elvis can be spotted in outer Prentiss Bay in Lake Huron...), and the shock and amazement when my boss at Conner Prairie admitted that he knows who the Choir is (though he was not yet at student at Taylor the first time they played there, and I was in southern Illinois the second time).......
The rambling must end. It's bedtime.