Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Andrae Crouch brings me to tears...

I am not a very religious person, but one way to reach my heart is through music.  Yesterday, I wrote about Channel 27, a religious independent channel that aired in my area when I was growing up.  In one of the videos I shared, there was an ad for The 700 Club.  I have never been a dedicated fan of Pat Robertson's, but whoever made that ad picked the right song to touch viewers.  I noticed they credited the late Andrae Crouch and his song, "Tell Them".

For some reason, I decided to listen to that song in its whole form.  I easily found it on YouTube.


This is a live version of the song...

I actually listened to the recorded version of "Tell Them", rather than the above live version.  Prior to that video, my one and only experience with Andrae Crouch was hearing his music on ads on Channel 27 and a guest appearance he made on The Jeffersons.


This was actually a very funny episode.  But it was probably my first experience with Andrae Crouch that didn't involve advertising.

I would probably still go to church if it featured uplifting music like what Crouch sang on The Jeffersons.  Or maybe if it featured music like that featured in the video below...


About a minute into this video, CeCe Winans comes up and helps Andrae Crouch with a classic medley... 

I swear, it wasn't long before the tears started rolling as I listened to this.  The lyrics are so moving, but so is the music.  I really am a sap when it comes to this stuff.  What a wonderful line... "For if I'd never had a problem, I'd never know God could solve them."  Wow...  Of course, I see Andrae Crouch didn't write "Through It All".  But he's written some other great songs.

So, maybe in its own weird way, Channel 27 did bring me closer to God today.  I was given the gift of music.  Even if not everyone likes my musical stylings, there's no denying that I have a great gift of music appreciation.  I love a good cry.

I don't think The 700 Club is a good show to watch if you want to be a good Christian.  I think Pat Robertson is pretty hateful and exclusionary when it comes to God's word.  But I can't deny that in an indirect way, Pat Robertson led me to the wonders of Andrae Crouch this morning.  He was a very gifted musician, songwriter, and entertainer.  So maybe Pat Robertson is not all bad.  


2 comments:

  1. I like the music of Andrae Crouch, too, even if he was involved with TBN.

    In the bottom photo, I think Vestal Goodman might be the smiling figure behind Andrae.

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