Death of Pioneer…

In the Christian Rock Music world…

(update:  For those asking “Larry WHO?  Here is a good overview from Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Willman)

Hello everybody.

Our friend and my wonderful brother Larry passed away at 2:45 Sunday
morning. Kristin and I were with him, holding his hands and sitting in
bed with him when his heart finally slowed to a stop. We spent this past
week laughing, singing, and praying with him, and all the while he had
us taking notes on new song ideas and instructions on how to continue
his ministry and art.

Several of you friends here got to come and visit with him in the last
couple of weeks and were a great source of help and friendship to Larry.
Ray Sievers, Derek Robertson, Mike Makinster, Matt Simmons, and a few
more. Thank you guys. Larry appreciated your visits very much. And he
greatly appreciated the thoughts, wishes, support and prayers that came
from all of you Army members on a daily basis. Thank you for being part
of his small circle of friends over the years. Yesterday afternoon he
knew he was going to go home to God very soon and he dictated the
following message to you while his friend Allen Fleming typed these
words into Larry's computer:

I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God's hand reaching
down to pick me up. I have been under medical care for months. My wounds
are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home.

My brother Charles is right, I wont be here much longer. I cant do
anything about it. My heart is too weak. I want to say goodbye to
everyone. In the past you have generously supported me with prayer and
finance and we will probably still need financial help

My plan is to be buried in a simple pine box with some flowers inside.
But still it will be costly because of funeral arrangement,
transportation to the gravesite, entombment, coordination, legal papers
etc. However money is not really what I need, I want to say I love you.

I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be
a funeral posted here on the website, in case some of you want to
attend. We are not sure of the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell,
we will meet again.

Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet again
Somewhere beyond the sky.
I pray that you will stay with God
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye.


Thank you to all of you who were so nice to my brother over the years.
Kristin and I will post funeral information in the next day or two.
Right now we're not able to function very well, but the whole family is
here... our mother Margaret, our sisters Nancy and Kristy, Mike Norman
and his new wife Tiffany, and Silver.

We miss him beyond words. Thank you for everything.

Peace to you all in Christ,

Charles Norman

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  1. I wrote this list of my favorite Larry Norman songs for another forum:

    The Outlaw: Still a great conversation starter about “Who is Jesus?”

    I Am the Six O’Clock News: Still provoking thoughts about the ulterior motives behind the media infotainment giants.

    If God is my Father: Challenging the church to live out the love of the gospel in all aspects, way ahead of the evangelical curve.

    She’s a Dancer: A gorgeous love song with a lush orchestral arrangement.

    Whenever Sarah Cries: An unusual delicate piano part gives resonance to this tale of spoiled love.

    The Tune: An epic-length story-song allegory of the life of Christ, and an indictment of modern society.

    Moses in the Wilderness: A humorous child’s-eye look at Sunday School.

    Christmastime: A rolicking sendup of evangelical materialism.

    Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? It may seem obvious now that rock music is not inherently evil, but it was far from obvious in 1972.

    I Hope I’ll See You In Heaven: A desolate song of regret about faith unshared.

    I Am a Servant: Larry’s theology could be screwy, but on Christ’s Lordship he came down on the right side with this moving piano ballad.

    Watch What You’re Doing: A blistering harmonica drives this electric blues number about consequences, on which Larry musters a howl worthy of Robert Plant or Steven Tyler.

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