The death of Eddie Van Halen brought home the realization that 65 isn’t as old as it used to be. When I was a young teen aspiring rockstar, anything over 30 seemed old. Heck, over 40 looked practically ancient. Now, me at double nickels, thinks Eddie still had a lot of good miles left on his tires. Unfortunately, Eddie succumbed to throat cancer Tuesday morning, leaving us a legacy of great jams and with a big musical void, much like the death of John Lennon did forty years ago. EVH revolutionized rock guitar like Lennon revolutionized music.
Prior to the Beatles, no one had heard anything like the music Lennon and his band mates (Paul, George, and Ringo) produced. In the same way, the first time we heard Eddie rip a lick on his guitar, he blew up rock guitar as we once knew it, mesmerizing us with the speed, agility, and power of his playing.
For sure, I’m a different guy than fifteen year old me. But I still love cranking me up some Van Halen.
When we excel at something, I think we are honoring the God who created us with the ability to do that thing in the first place. I believe when we innovate and revolutionize the way something is done, changing it for the better forever going forward, we bring praise to the glory of God.
1. Who was your favorite band or musician when you were a kid?
2. How has music influenced your life?
3. In what way do you see age differently now than when you were younger?
4. If you’re younger, what age seems old to you?
5. What is something you excel at? Can you see how it brings praise to the glory of God?
That’s my two cents for today. RIP EVH. Thanks for the music and the memories.
God, thank You for the gift of music and the blessing it is to us. May we draw closer to You through music and see the wonder of You in the music we make and listen to in our daily life. For the praise of Your glory! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Devotional Guy™
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