I’m sitting in the green room in the Bayou Music Center waiting to start our set with the Temptations. I’m using my iPhone as a hotspot to post this because I want to do it ASAP, just so I don’t forget about it later.
Before I go any farther with this, I have never seen American Idol before. I’m a social anomaly in that respect, the last professional musician to have never seen that show. Yes, I’ve been living under a rock. He he he… So I had never heard of Michael Lynche until I was approached about playing his show in Lufkin.
I don’t normally write about celebrities. As the Bible tells us, I strive to not be a “respecter of persons.” When I do write about someone, celebrity or other wise, it’s because I feel that they deserve to be acknowledged for the good they do.
Which brings me to my point. Last night, back stage at the Pines Theater in Lufkin, Micheal Lynche did something I have only experienced two other times in my almost three decades as a full time professional musician. The first time was with Jimmy Edward (tejano singer) at a gig in South Texas. The second time was with Fankie Valli, here in Houston for a charity event down town. Now, for only the third time in my entire career, I can add Micheal Lynche to the list, a list that I feel deserves our respect.
Just before the beginning of the show, Micheal called the band together, back stage, and lead us in prayer.
I’ve been playing shows like this since I was a college student, in the early 80’s. I’ve played literally hundreds of these shows for most of the biggest names in the music business. But only three times have they ever begun in prayer.
To me, this is more than just “religion.” It is a sign that these men have taken their roles as spiritual leaders just as seriously as their musical leadership. It demonstrates that these men are serving as genuine missionaries, taking their faith and beliefs into the world.
And the reason I’m writing about it is because, most likely, no one else will. I believe these men deserve to be supported just as much as other missionaries. I believe we should buy their recordings and attend their concerts because every penny we send in their direction helps them to reach more people for Christ. And like I said, as far as I’m concerned, it is a genuine form of missionary work.
So please, please, my friends and readers, support these artists. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ. They are the lights that shine in what is often a very dark world (the music industry).