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June 7, 2010

R.I.P., Dana Key

Member of legendary Christian rock duo DeGarmo & Key has passed away

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UPDATE: A memorial service for Dana Key will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the TLC Church in Cordova, Tennessee. A memorial fund has also been set up; donations may be sent to TLC Church / Dana Key Family, 4199 Pheasant Hill Cove N, Lakeland TN 38002.

Dana Key, who with musical partner Ed DeGarmo formed one of the great rock bands in CCM history, died of a ruptured blood clot Sunday night at the age of 56, according to CCM's website and various other reports. In recent years, Key was a senior pastor at TLC Community Church in Memphis, Tenn., which was his and DeGarmo's hometown.

"Dana Key was an awesome guy," DeGarmo told Christianity Today. "Extremely talented for sure, but he was much more than that. He was absolutely passionately in love with Christ, his wife Anita and their three children.

"He lived his life fully dedicated to building God's kingdom with every breath he took. He was a true pioneer. He could preach the gospel in a way that compelled thousands to accept Christ, and he could play guitar and sing like you were getting a glimpse of his soul. He was my friend and my brother. The world will miss him. I will miss him dearly."

TobyMac first met Key during his days with dcTalk in the late 1980s and early '90s, when dcTalk would open for DeGarmo & Kay. He said Key "was genuine and passionate to the core. He seemed to love God's Word more than the songs he sang about it. He obviously made huge impact with his songs and songwriting. But what I learned behind the curtain was even richer.

"He taught us from God's Word . . . most nights before we took the stage. That is something I admired. Thank you Mr. Key, you will truly be missed. Enjoy the view, my friend."

Christian musician Todd Agnew, whom Key signed to Ardent Records some years ago, wrote on his website that Key was "a believer and proclaimed Jesus Christ. Dana was a mentor and role model to me. There’s no way I can capture what I learned here in a hotel typing on my phone. I wish I had recorded it all and could put it in a book for you: Wisdom from one Christian Generation to the Next. But I can’t. . . . Dana was a man of God. Before he was a musician, he was a minister. And before he was a minister, he was God’s child. He will be missed."

Doug Van Pelt, editor of HM Magazine, posted a nice tribute to Key, noting how a D&K song ("You Gave Me All") was instrumental in helping him decide to commit to the Christian faith. "It’s neat how that song made a profound impact on me that night," Van Pelt writes. "It described the condition of my heart, which broke and I wept before the Lord for the first time in 9 years. I’m grateful for Dana Key and his faithfulness and his creativity."

Harold Smith, CEO of Christianity Today International and a friend of both Key and DeGarmo, said, "Dana's passion, pure and simple, was the gospel. He sang its truth from countless stages (amplified with some wicked guitar work), and preached its truth from the pulpit he so loved. 'Christ died for me,' he would say. 'I'll live for him.' And he did -- at high volume."

Ardent Records has set up a tribute on its website.

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Key grew up just a few blocks from Graceland in Memphis, and attended school with DeGarmo, dreaming about being a rock star, according to Mark Allan Powell's Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. The two boys formed their first band, The Sound Corporation, in sixth grade. As a high school junior, he was invited to join the secular rock group Black Oak Arkansas as lead guitarist, but he and DeGarmo were already involved in music ministry for Youth for Christ.

DeGarmo and Key formed in 1977 and performed off and on for 20 years. The band was known initially for its innovative sound, as good as anything in secular music, and they remained commercially viable through the 1980s even as their sound became more predictable. But their lyrics and mission always remained the same: "Ministry is the primary reason for the existence of D&K," Key said in 1993. "Our music is simply a vehicle to communicate a message." They often held altar calls at the end of their shows.

Key -- a direct descendant of Francis Scott Key (composer of "The Star Spangled Banner") -- went on to become an executive with Ardent Records (while DeGarmo went on to co-found ForeFront Records), and wrote the books Don't Stop the Music and By Divine Design.

Here are two music videos featuring D&K:

Editor's note: This blog post may be updated throughout the day as we learn more.

Comments

Dana was my pastor and friend for around three years now. The news of his death is shocking, but a true home coming is always a blessing. Glory to God in the highest!!

Mark: You picked two of the best songs to share on your post. We played these songs over and over and over in the Chicago area on WCRM 103.9 back in the 80's, and they never got old...even though we do. May Dana's homegoing bring many, many more people to the Lord, and glorify His Name, as Dana did with his life, his passion for music, and for sharing the Gospel.

I am a Worship Pastor. I have been profoundly influenced by Dana's vocal and guitar style but most of all by his passion for Christ and the lost.

There's no way to express how influential Dana and the band were for me as a young believer. Their album "Straight On" is still one of the best ever...a landmark release that still touches my life today.

Thank you, Dana. I know Jesus welcomes you with open arms. "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Sad news. DeGarmo and Key were very instrumental in my development as a young fired-up Christian. I'll look forward to jamming with Dana on the other side!

What a range of emotions and memories that flooded me today as I heard about Dana's homegoing. I was driving home from work, listening to "Destined to Win," with tears streaming down my face. Our neighbors introduced us back in the early 1980's to CCM via DeGarmo & Key. Theirs was one of the first Christian concerts we attended....and then for years, continued to load up our station wagon with neighbor kids and our kids and drive hours to attend their concerts. Our love for CCM led us to become promoters which has continued for the past 16 years. God has used you to leave a legacy that touches the generations of today and those yet to come. Your faithfulness is being multiplied even today. I thank God for you, your faithfulness, and how you shared your passion and love for Christ with thousands of others. May you be crowned for your faithfulness by God's words of "Well done thou good and faithful servant."

I grow up on Christian rock and roll, yeap I got all my chops listening to bands like DeGarmo and Key, I have all their music on vinyl’s and cassettes, yeah old school formatts and even got to see them proform at Center Islip, new york with the altr boyz high school.
hearing this new today i feel abit emtpy becuase me bro and freind has left to soon. yes dana we will meet again but i want all the world to know your music changed my life forever and i still rock for jesus becuase of you. rip my brother see you soon.

m-cruz of upwordspiral.

We saw Degarmo and Key live in the 80's. They had a TRUE music ministry out reach and were not afraid to speak the truth about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Songs like "Casual Christian' and "Who Will Stand Up for the Children?" I miss songs that minister like these did and still do. There is so much "fluff" in CCM now a days. We will miss him so....but we rejoice that we will see him again. We don't grieve as those who have no hope as Paul reminds us in the New Testament. Our prayers will be going up for Anita, the children and the church in Tennessee.

I am Eddie DeGarmo's older brother. I have know Dana since he was 7 years old. I was there in the early 70's when Eddie and Dana committed their lives to Christ and laid down their rock and roll music only to pick it up later to use its genre to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ. They were evangelistic and prophetic in their approach to ministry. They brought those on the outside to Jesus as Jesus and the Apostle Paul did. They went to highway and hedges and compelled them to come to Jesus while never watering down the message to make it sensitive to sinful young people. Dana loved Jesus and live a righteous loving life as he sought God through prayer and scripture. My heart is sad at his passing and is joyful as I consider what a homecoming Dana is having right now with Jesus, Peter, John, Paul, Keith Green and Rich Mullins.

A life well lived. I consider it an honor to have spent some time with Dana some years back when he taught our Sunday School Class for a number of months. Peace be with his family.

I worked with Mylon Lefevre for 6 years and we had many opportunities to share the stage with these two. Incredible musicians and definitely in the music scene for the right reasons. Hard working, sincere, talented and will be missed. I have been out of the CCM scene for many years, but check in every once in a while... I was blessed to be a part when there were so many Christian rockers like D&K, Mylon, petra, even MWS that were so sincere and saw their music as ministry before careers. Hope there are some still carrying this on......

Dana led me to Christ after a concert one night in 1985 at the McFarland Auditorium on the campus of SMU in Dallas. It was my first Christian Rock Concert and he came out with a bible after the concert. I never saw a lead guitarist do that and I was intrigued. I have since been an active christian and his legacy will live on through those of us he helped find Jesus. My three children are serving the Lord as well. I know I will meet him one day at the kingdom gathering and I can't wait to praise the Lord together in that Heavenly band!!!!!!!

I am in shock...I still have the Live Album,,Double in Tulsa,...a fantastic album with Tommy Cathey,Toni Pilcher...he is home now,Home !....One of the songs on that live album has driven me in times of stress and pain. I am in shock ! My heart goes out to Nita and the family..Love my brother..Frank

So saddened to hear of Dana Key's passing.....so excited for him to be HOME!. The legacy that he has left in his life and music !!!!! I still have and regularly listen to our Degarmo and Key albums (and cassettes) and they are as powerful and influential to the the next generations as they were/are to us!!!!! Praying for his family, friends and church.

All day this past Sunday I had the song Casual Christian in my head - what a shock to here of Dana's passing. i can only say that it's God-thing. Their music was very instrumental in my late teen years to focus on a Christ centered life. Rest in peace, Dana

A great musician yet, more importantly, a man of God who never watered down his spiritual message, Dana Key helped to make Contemporary Christian Music viable both spiritually and artistically. In addition to his musical gifts, his ministries developed both depth and width as he authored and pastored. Current CCM listeners and musicians, are truly beneficiaries of what he accomplished spiritually and artistically.

D&K were partly instrumental in my conversion to Christ and later a meeting with DCTalk. So sad to hear that you are gone Dana, but happy that you are in heaven now!

I was one of the first D.J's in Memphis to play D & K's music on the old WLYX-FM. I got fired for doing this. As time went on and I had the chance to do so in radio, I gave them as much air time as I could. Good on record, even better live!! A huge loss.

I played drums in the Globe Band with Dana and Eddie, 1969-1970 and will never forget Dana. Through them I joined the music union in Memphis and was a part of Dana's first record, never released, on LONDON records..Cold Rush and 32nd Street Magical Man. The reason LONDON records didn't release it was because the lyrics, "Jesus Christ is our claim to fame" was in the B side song. For 40 years I have followed Dana and Eddie and know that their work for the LORD has touched millions. I know his eternal life has just begun and he was called early for a much better reason than could ever be on earth. God Bless his family and all his friends left with his rememberance.

Have been playing old D&K songs everyday since I heard of his passing earlier this week. Another one gone to early.

DeGarmo & Key were a HUGE influence in my life! Their songs always encouraged me to fight the good fight. I am the former drummer of Casting Crowns and now with Soul Sister Sally. Because Eddie and Dana used their talents for the kingdom, I am now able to do the same. Rest with our Savior, Dana. Thank you D&K!

I used to work in a record store in the 80's & remember seeing D&K albums & tapes in our Christian Music section. I still love their sound all these years later! I just heard the shocking news about Dana Key this AM, our loss-Heaven's gain! Today is the 14th anniv of my father's going home to glory-still missed, but looking forward to that reunion too. I'm from Francis Scott Key's neck of the woods in Maryland-glad to see his genes for providing great music were passed down! "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints"- Psalm 116:15

DeGarmo and Key were such a blessing to my early christian life. Their song "Destined to Win" filled my soul with
encouragement, hope, strength and helped me to realize I had a destiny in Christ. The whole album along with the
song "Destined to Win" was food for my soul and spirit and,
helped lift me from the depression & fear that had plagued me as a prodigal daughter. God used them to change me. DeGarmo & Dana Key played a great role in my christian development & growth.

God used DeGarmo and Key songs to lead me to repentence. I am grateful for the hope I now have because they faithfully proclaimed the truth. May God richly bless Dana's family with the knowledge of His love for them, may they enjoy seeing the impact on so many lives.

Sad and Rejoicing all at once! You helped me to embrace Christ way back when! See you there! I remember running through the streets of Trenton NJ in the early 1980's with Ed Degarmo and Dana Key, after they played at the Trenton War Memorial searching for Ed Degarmo's wallet that was stolen from the dressing room. It ...was a crazy night in Trenton! Thank God we never caught up to whoever stole it,, right!

I worked with D&K many times in the late mid 80's through the early 90's, when I was involved in the concert promotion end of CCM.

I always thought highly of Dana and was always impressed at the time he took to meet the fans and sign autographs or just say hello and talk.

One incident that springs to mind took place in the kitchen area backstage at the Trenton War Memorial, when a young girl who had recently been released from the hospital for an attempted suicide stopped Dana to tell him how much comfort she took from one of his songs. He was genuinely moved and took time to sit down with her to share the Gospel with her and to pray for her.

And I enjoyed my own conversations with him, in which he was equally at home talking about theology or The Andy Griffith Show or obscure 60's garage bands. And I am especially grateful for the encouragement he gave me to follow my own music career.

Time and distance kept us from becoming close friends, but I greatly treasure those times we did get to spend together.

I committed my life to Christ at a D&K concert in Birmingham on April 29, 1988. I was a huge fan of them in the 80s, but I will always have a special fondness for them for helping me solidify my relationship with Jesus Christ. Sounds like that was what he wanted. Thank you, Mr. Key.

Oh my goodness... all the DeGarmo and Key I've played and listened to over the years, the concerts of theirs I've been to - seeing them w/ Steve Camp and the very, very young DC Talk in like 1989- 1990. This just makes my heart heavy. And so young! I can say that since I'm 51 and my husband is 54. I remember seeing them at Night of Joy in Disney World - they came up out of the floor in the Tomorrowland dining room. Had to be the coolest entry ever! It was so evident in their music and in Dana's singing that their love for the Lord was real and vibrant. I remember a radio interview in Ft. Myers Fla where Dana said in his life, it's that he's a Christian and a musician, just like if he was a plumber. He'd be a Christian and a plumber. He'd still be living for Christ and ministering, no matter his vocation, encouraging listeners to do the same. Just because you're not on a stage doesn't mean you can't be a beacon. It's going to take a while to process this.

Dana personally introduced me to God in 1979 after a concert at a small high school in a small southern town.

I look forward to seeing him again because he did so.

I loved listening to the music of Dana Key and Eddie Degarmo. I had the opportunity to see them several times, the last being in Lancaster, OH in 1990 when The Altar Boys opened for them. It was a fantastic show! I still listen to my old cassettes occassionally. Thank you for sharing your gift and helping lead others in The way.

I am a former sister ' law of Eddie's but never felt our
relationship changed. I was there when Eddie and Dana started---putting many miles on the road in broken down
trucks, dragging into our driveway or on the road somewhere
until it could be fixed so they could head out again. But, they never let it get them down because their sights were totally on the business at hand and that was to reach as many young people as possible for Christ that probably would
have never darkened the door of a church. Thei lives have remained steadfast in that mission. Dana & Eddie had a forever friendship that was also bonded by that mission.
I amsaddened for Eddie, Dana's wife and family and his
church. God bless all of you until you see him again.

D&K remain as the most influential band to grace my ears. I sometimes wonder how my life would be different if I had not had them preaching to me through their music. What a powerful ministry that will remain with me forever.

I had the express privilege of being part of the crew at a place called The Foundation in Hudson FL When Dana performed. Only person I ever saw who came up to the board zeroed out the controls and filled the place with an incredible sound. Dana had a special gift.

Dana's passing deeply saddens me. I am still inspired today by his music, especially The Pledge, and The Outlaw. I remember taking my youth group to hear D & K at a church in Des Moines, Iowa. It was their first exposure to contemporary christian music.
The impact of this man on my life goes beyond words. Their songs like Destined to Win & Casual Christian still help keep my heart alive to this day.

where was the blood clot? in his legs-P.A.D.peri.artery disease or in his heart? sorry,but this is the first I have heard-I saw a lot of comments on youtube-and for some reason today-I was listening to degarmo&key music again...but didn't know he was gone. I am shocked and in disbelief. my husband has a lot of their tapes-and wish that someone would convert all their music to cd's-and dvd music...I wish I had a cd of "GO TO THE TOP" music-it's my favorite. there are songs on there that are NOT on youtube-like "victory" "I'll come out fighting" and a few I can't think of right now.dana key had an interesting family-ancestry.thanks pst.

After my conversion in the early 1980's I discovered 'Christian Music'...and of course, D&K were one of the first groups I was exposed to and later played on air at the couple of stations I later worked at. Dana beat us to Heaven...a fitting tribute is how we live our lives down here until we get to join him! Thoughts and prayers to his family and host of close friends and of course, to his congregation.

I grew up with Phil Keaggy, Paul Clark, Nancy Honeytree, Degarmo & Key, Fireworks, Barry McGuire, 2nd Chapter of Acts...Dana is in the presence of the Master...see you soon, my friend

please keep the key family in your prayers.. i knew his daughter scottie and son andrew fairly well.. the key family is so genuine and loving. they are trying to take it all in.. please keep praying for them .. thank you

I´ll never forget the first album; "This Time Through..."
I bought copies and gave them to non-believers. They did a concert in the Chicago area in 1978, and I helped out onstage, so we had a chance to talk. He was so down to earth and spiritual at the same time. Earth is poorer, but Heaven is richer with the Graduation of Dana Key. We salute you, as you look down from that Great Cloud of Witnesses!
An old Jesus Freak like you,
Kip

I first met Eddie and Dana by promoting their concert at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro back in April 1980. As the band was playing at sound check that afternoon, I was awed by Dana's truly unique voice and guitar riffs. Over the years, we became good friends as I would meet them at various concert venues around the country -- and we would meet for dinner or coffee after the concert. Though I thought all of their albums were excellent, especially from a production standpoint, their 1979 album "Straight On" is one of my favorite albums (secular or christian) of all time. In the early 1990s, my wife Tracy even edited the band's newsletter. We often would play tennis and jog together and he was always authentic and real (no airs, pretenses or sense of being a star). His passion was for teenagers and presenting them with the gospel (as studies show approximately 90% of Christians come to faith by the time their 18). We often would sit for hours and talk about everything from theology, to politics, to the culture to sports (he was a Miami Dolphins and Memphis Tigers fan). He will be greatly missed but leaves an enduring legacy. He is now in Heaven's care.

I'm sad just like everyone is who knew him and disappointed that his somewhat brief life is over already. I'll never forget his heartfelt alter calls that he gave at the end of his concerts. I remember once seeing a kid handing him his pot pipe at an alter call, telling Dana that he won't be needing this anymore. I appreciated him, as a young man it was great to have someone like that to look up to. I join all of you in the enjoyment of his music. Thanks Dana, love you man

Got saved in 1984 (at 23 years old) and having been brought up on rock music found it increasingly difficult to identify with all the old lyrics I was used to! What a pleasant surprise to discover that there was an alternative in the form of Christian Rock. The first LP I bought was De Garmo & Key - Communication. This was the beginning of my Christian walk and had an enormous impact on my spritual growth. Needless to say I still have that first LP... and many more in CD format of course. Dana, your music carried me in that "Invisible Kingdom" when I needed it most... way back those 25 odd years ago in a little dorp (town) in South Africa!

Wow, just heard the news...I grew up listening to D&K and greatly appreciate the music they created when Christian music was not as well known. I bought "Straight On" in a tiny little, obscure Christian bookstore at age sixteen and never looked back. Thanks Dana for the great music and message.

I was priviledged to see D & K in many concerts in the 80's and 90's. I worked stage and lighting at the ORU Mabee Center in Tulsa Ok. I saw a lot of Christian bands come through that arena. D & K was the ONLY band I ever saw that before the concert, they got their whole team, band, roadies (often local church members)-- and close the doors and have a Bible study. Dana's music has had a profound impact on my life even to this day.

Jersey Shore is on MTV, but DeGarmo and Key were banned. Thanks Dana for doing what you did. We lost Larry and now weve lost Dana. Christian Music that confused the world. Christians and non the same. "Every Moment" is one of my favorite of all times, just wanted to stop by and say thanks. I just found out today, and for that I feel bad, but I thank you for the music.

D&K remain as the most influential band to grace my ears. I sometimes wonder how my life would be different if I had not had them preaching to me through their music. What a powerful ministry that will remain with me forever.

My Brother Mike just passed away. He responded to an invitation to receive Christ at a DK concert. I've been in mourning ever since they stopped recording, they have always been my favorite Band, & Dana was at the top of my lists of Musicians who had a heart for God. I wish I had known earlier, I would have made the trip for his memorial. I was looking for contact info to thank him for his ministry to my brother when I found out he's gone home. He will be looked up so I can thank him personally when I am given the call home.

I was hearing "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton and thought about trying to find my DK "Part of the Mystery" CD, with (Dear Mr. Clapton) We met Dana in the mid 90's at DE's Lamb Jam. I was at both saddened to hear he died in 2010 (how did I miss that?) but in the Easter season look forward to the day we all will meet again and I can hear that great voice again.

Yes I loved Key's music so much - this was so warm and kind music that always helped me to stay in a good mood. RIP Dana we love you!

God used DeGarmo and Key songs to lead me to repentence. I am grateful for the hope I now have because they faithfully proclaimed the truth. May God richly bless Dana's family with the knowledge of His love for them, may they enjoy seeing the impact on so many lives.

please keep the key family in your prayers.. i knew his daughter scottie and son andrew fairly well.. the key family is so genuine and loving. they are trying to take it all in.. please keep praying for them .. thank you

Yes I loved Key's music so much - this was so warm and kind music that always helped me to stay in a good mood. RIP Dana we love you!

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The music is awesome! I seriously do not know where I would be in life without beautiful music like that :-)

I think his music is awesome! life without beautiful music like that is a waste :-) RIP Dana we love you!

Dana Key was an amazing talent. Degarmo @ Key was a first class band, but they never gave up on making excellent music that was Christ centered. What a HUGE LOSS!!

I just found out and I'm crying. I had seen them once in Winnipeg and what a WOW show they put on. Their music had such an impression on me, I just would have liked to meet them again, and say "Well Done brothers, Well Done Dana!!
Dana is gone to his cherished master, Jesus Christ. I know I'll meet him there. -Paul S. Johnson-

RIP Dana Key

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I only found out, and by accident, that the BEST Christian rocker and true believer Dana Key died. I can't stop crying. I know he is in Heaven, and I think about a D&K song called "No More Goodbyes" has had such an impact on my life. All of their music was FIRST RATE!!

I was so blessed when my brother John and I saw them in concert in the 80's. I always wanted them to come back to Winnipeg Manitoba again, but it was not to be. Dana, could you please ask God to take away any cancer that I have??

I will see you again Dana and I can't wait to meet you in Heaven. LOVE ETERNAL, -Paul S. Johnson.

Dana went far too young. The music world will miss him.

It's been about a year but I'm still missing Dana Key. DeGarmo & Key put out so much great music over their lifetime. I'm going to make sure to introduce my son to them when he is old enough to start listening to music.

-Luke

Wow, just heard the news...I grew up listening to D&K and greatly appreciate the music they created when Christian music was not as well known. I bought "Straight On" in a tiny little, obscure Christian bookstore at age sixteen and never looked back. Thanks Dana for the great music and message.

R.I.P Dana Key, you were the soul of christian music. You will be missed dearly, Ryan Workout

R.I.P., Dana Key just do not miss this, you know about it.

TobyMac first met Key during his days with dcTalk in the late 1980s and early '90s, when dcTalk would open for DeGarmo & Kay. He said Key "was genuine and passionate to the core. He seemed to love God's Word more than the songs he sang about it. He obviously made huge impact with his songs and songwriting. But what I learned behind the curtain was even richer.
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Realy loved listening to the music of Dana Key and Eddie Degarmo. I had the opportunity to see them several times, the last being in Lancaster, OH in 90's when The Altar Boys opened for them. It was a fantastic show! I still listen to my old cassettes occassionally. Thank you for sharing your gift and helping lead others in The way.

Thank you for making me discover this great musician and christian. In love

It's so sad that people have to discover people like this through them passing on. It seems that Christian music these days only has room for a dozen groups or whatever. Seems there used to be a lot more diversity (and maybe content overall. I mean it's great to praise the Lord, but sometimes there are issues in the body that need to be dealt with and an artist might have leading to deal with such things. Or songs that might build bridges to the lost. People who just praising God to doesn't have an immediate impact because they're thinking of a "God" that has been portrayed to them by tax exempt businesses that slant things to keep it palatable for people, which turn away from the needy largely etc.).

In their day Degarmo and Key did songs that creatively opened new doors to people's hearts. "the Pledge" and "Communication" and some of the earlier pieces really did that effectively. Dana will be missed but...then I've been missing him for a while because radio is about all I have to keep up on things and they just play the same dozen songs over and over by the same handful of artists anymore. I pray people in the 'industry' will start thinking about who they are trying to glorify when the result is that nobody even knows the classics. Pieces of work that were a result of a lot of prayer and personal growth. A person's journey shown through their art that others can relate to. There are some songs like that on the radio but ya know what? They only cover so much ground and everyone's heard them 4000 times now and it'd be GREAT to mix in SOME classics as the spirit leads so that people even know who people like Dana and Eddie, Mylon, Larry Norman, Phil Keaggy, 2nd chapter of acts, Rez, SCB, Allies, Brian Duncan, Randy Stonehill, Petra, Daniel Band, Daniel Amos, 77's, Keith Green, Steve Taylor, Steve Camp, Whiteheart, Mad at the World, Andrus and Blackwood, AD, The Archers, Bruce Hibbard, ....on and on I could go.

The real heart breaker is... there is little encouragement for people who have spiritual gifts in this area. Who have prophetic words for the body of Christ. Because they can see there is no real effort to give any exposure to things that aren't least common denominator (ie. God you are good, we praise and adore you...repeated in various ways..which again is great..but... Jesus delved into some more stuff for the building up of his body and we should also be doing that. But then you get Steve Taylor and someone gets offended. lol)

The alleged "Christian" music industry of today has done a crummy job of respecting anything but what is surrounded by a current youthful image. Combined with a 'pc' filter. Need I say more? Indeed Dana you were and will be missed. Praise God for the good things he worked through you while you were here with us.

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