A Guitar, a Gig & Grace
Les Paul died this week at the age of 94. Musician, inventor & innovator, he is credited with pioneering and creating the technology that gave birth to rock & roll music. In 1939 he built one of the first solid body electric guitars that would later be manufactured by Gibson as the “Les Paul” used by artists like Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page. I’ve played one for almost 30 years & its still one of the best! Without the creativity of Les Paul the worship music explosion the church has enjoyed would not have been possible.
40 weeks ago this weekend on a farm in NY a half-million young peopel gathered to hear 32 different music groups like Country Joe & the Fish, Ritchie Havens, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, The Who, The Grateful Dead & Jimi Hendrix. Billed as an “Aquarian Exposition” & opened with the invocation of Swami Satchidananda, Woodstock gave voice & expression to the emerging generation culture of the 1960’s – a blend of idealism, free love, anti-war protest and unbridled drug consumption. The social, cultural and political landscape was forever changed. God also saw fit at the same time to pour out his Spirit on a generation that did not know him but was trying to “get back to the Garden.”
God works in mysterious ways