Tuesday, April 26, 2011

EARLY GROUP SONGS: “Light of the World”

EARLY GROUP SONGS: “Light of the World”

August 1, 2010 at 8:02 am
These two pics show the transformation into a full production that happened in the 70's
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/13606935 for classic live

“Sing to Jesus” was the beginning of a series of new group songs. I remember learning “Light of the World” as a band in the hall that AA used to meet in at Oblates. What was that called? I do remember that a very young Greg Loell had joined us by that time and I was thrilled with the intro we came up with, something I just recently recalled. It was fortuitous that our big dramatic skit of the time had the same name.

I was trying to write up “Light of the World” on the Noteworthy Composer computer program recently when I realized I wasn’t totally sure how a lot of it really went! (Frankly, I remember that was the case when we were performing a lot of these, too!) Jim Babish sent me an old tape of LW doing this song and it surprised me how much I had forgotten. It helped me with the intro and where the choruses went and so forth.

There was one Protestant church we played where the local paper did a write-up on us, as I recall, that mentioned this song and "Covenant Love". They really liked that “Light of the World” was simple yet catchy and mentioned the ‘clapping thing’ we did on this one, if I’m not mistaken. I believe LW got to the point where we really did do a good job at making it a good show and good, authentic prayer, too with songs like this.

Shine the light! Shine the light!....

Mark Lajoie