As a former alto saxophone player, I was a big fan of Kenny G in high school. When my musical talents faded once playing sports became my top priority in life, I stumbled upon Kenny Marks at a local Christian Bookstore. Although many Christian artists often become one hit wonders like the Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do, Kenny released several hit songs in the late 1980’s. Best known for The Party’s Over, Kenny’s ballads are underrated, inspired by events in life people can relate to.
And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. 10 So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [[i]morally] to all people [not only [j]being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers], Galatians 6:9-10.
Based upon the image of the attached You Tube, Kenny had a similar hair style to Rod Stewart back in the day. As a former youth pastor, I appreciate songs like Next Time You See Johnny with lyrics that address the topic of divorce. Meanwhile, White Dress provides a parent’s perspective of how quickly young children grow up. If you’re not familiar with Kenny Marks’ music, I hope that you’ll spend an entire week soaking up these meaningful songs that often bring tears of joy to my heart.
by Jay Mankus