As a former alto saxophone player, it doesn’t take much to ruin a concert. One wrong note, breathe or mistake can lead to humiliation. However, sometimes a musician might deviate from the script, experimenting with a certain song or sound. For Neil Young, a few wrong notes at a cafe in Ontario opened the door for this 18 year old aspiring artist. As Paul Harvey famously stated, “and now you know the rest of the story.”
Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens, Psalm 150:1.
Hollywood’s version of a few wrong notes is illustrated by the Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do. When Guy Patterson, a back up drummer called into action after the regular drummer breaks his arm, he speeds up the song with a faster, hipper tempo. Subsequently, lead vocalist and song writer Jimmy Mattingly is forced to follow this beat. When this version of the song That Thing You Do hits the air waves, the Wonders become an overnight sensation.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, Psalm 150:6.
In the book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis uses a piano analogy to introduce the Law of Human Nature. Without knowledge of notes or reading a music sheet, chaos usually ensues. However, when basic principles are introduced, people develop an ear for what’s right and wrong. In this life, God has given every individual a conscience to guide us. The more individuals become in tune with God, a few wrong notes are easily recognizable. Unfortunately, for those who wander down the wrong path, justification and realization take over blinding people from the truth. Before arrogance or pride take over, may the Holy Spirit open your eyes to the few wrong notes you are playing so your final song will end in eternity.
by Jay Mankus