A little Christmas fun for you all.
We Wibles love to party!!!!
Just a single moment.
Today, I had a moment. A moment of worship that I will never forget. A moment that I will forever remember, and it will no doubt sustain me. For a moment, I was not a guitar player on stage. I was not a member of any band. I was in the presence of the God of the Universe. To be honest, I am always in the presence of God. He's omnipresent for goodness sake, you really can't escape that. But today, in a little wonderful moment, I was conscious of the fact that I was in his presence, and really what that feels like. I was awed, happy, amazed, moved, stilled, humbled, inspired, and so many other emotions all at once. Another little moment...A little wonder...a small piece of time that will forever remain with me, sustaining me.
The song is right. Our lives are made of these small hours, these little moments, that even as time fades in our rear view mirror, these little moments forever remain with us. They speak to us. We remember them, and how we felt at that moment in time, and they move us toward something greater than we can even begin to fathom.
I thank God for all my little moments, but on this day, I thank him for the honor and humbling privilege it is to be a member of his family. I thank him for excepting my little crayon created picture. I thank him for who he is and for going to a cross so that I might feel his presence my life. I thank him for this moment, and every moment that is to come. For God is the creator of all things, all the little wonders. May I recognize, and remember them, and him, more and more each day.
I adore the guitar. The first time I heard Angus hit those famous three chords, I have been addicted to it's sound. The guitar can be such an expressive instrument in the hands of the right user. So many sounds. It can speak, cry, yell, whisper, shout, laugh, chuckle, and yes even weep. It never asks to be heard,
it demands it!!!
There have been many a guitarist, and even more guitar solos. But those that are truly great...well, like I said, they demand your attention.
I am not much of a lyrics guy. Words don't stir a great deal of emotion in me. But actions...they make me FEEL. The guitar is active, living, breathing. It moves. It cuts through and searches out those things hidden deep inside the soul. At least that's how I feel about the whole thing.
I sit here preparing for Sunday Worship, and I think about how my job is to make people feel God through my guitar playing. Hear what he is trying to say to them. Cut through the outer core and strike at the heart of their soul. It go me thinking of those guitar solos that do that for me. These are all (Except one) from "secular" songs, but they speak to me just as clearly as any "christian" song about who God is, and what he wants for my life. They are like the spirit of God who is living and active, constantly speaking words of truth and wisdom.
I have gone on long enough, you get my point. These collections of notes move me in a special way every time I hear them. They inspire me.
Limelight - Alex Lifeson/Rush
Comfortably Numb - Dave Gilmour/Pink Floyd
Back in Black - Angus Young/AC-DC
Hotel California - Joe Walsh and Don Felder/The Eagles
Brother in Arms - Mark Knoppler/Dire Straits
Blue Sky - The Allman Brothers
Goldilox - Ty Tabor/King's X
Shake it Up - Elliot Easton/The Cars
Love is Never Ending - Brad Paisley
I Want a New Drug - Chris Hayes/The News
Nobody Drinks Alone - Keith Urban
Is This Love - John Sykes/Whitesnake
Anything For You - Paul Gilbert/Mr. Big
Emotion Detector - Alex Lifeson/Rush
Night by Night - Steely Dan
Lenny - Stevie Ray Vaughn
I Am a Viking - Yngwie Malmsteen
Cheap Sunglasses - Billy Gibbons/ZZ Top
Everlasting God - Lincoln Brewster
New Years Day - The Edge/U2
Subdivisions - Alex Lifeson/Rush
That's not all of them, but these are some solos that make me feel.
Check em out...if you dare.