Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Greatest Story"

"Greatest Story" Posted on Jul 12, 2010 at 02:14 PM (Modified: Jul 12, 2010 at 05:08 PM)July 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm
www.reverbnation.com/play_now/4543220 Link to a "live" version of "Greatest Story"

Here is "The Greatest Story Ever Told" but that's the name of a book by Fulton Oursler, so it's simply "Greatest Story". I started singing the "all right, it's OK" part while we were practicing once. We were breaking down after practice actually and I was wrapping wires and putting things away. Was it at Sons of Mary in Framingham? Anyway, Ann-Marie Donovan (Babish) came up to me and said something like "That can be such a blessing when you're being free like that" or something similar. I grabbed the feeling there and took Tolkien's insight for C.S. Lewis about mythology having truth but Christianity having the most and ran with it. We all love stories but what Jesus did is the ultimate true story and the ultimate archetype. I just wanted to shout it out!

I just remembered doing this song on a flatbed outside Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Vermont during a fair. Paul Mello had arranged our playing in public out there earlier when Mike was still with us, but by this time we were without him and the flatbed was covered with a tent. The song was written for very simple synthesizer and a one-finger piano obligato precisely because, for the first time, we didn't have Mike McBride. This live version was done at a Christmas show at the Sons of Mary in the early 90's.  That Christmas show was really special and yielded other fine live versions of our songs, special thanks to Jim Babish.  We also did this song for at least one of our reunion concerts at Sheepgate Coffeehouse.

Mark L.