BEACH BLOG#2: “The Album Cuts Of Life”

This summer’s family vacation actually gave me cause to think about work – Imagine that! You see, as each member “plugged in” to their music choices, somewhere between the ear buds were careers, ministries, tragedies and triumphs. Each downloaded selection epitomized the life cycle of the music industry. Being a player in this game allows me keen insight into the way it works out.

How do you pick the songs for your I-Pod (or insert generic MP3 player name here)? One of my teens will blindly load an entire cd once it enters the house in hopes that all the music will prove worthy of drive space. Another only chooses the songs that they have heard on the radio, at church or suggested by friends. I find myself somewhere in the middle – I will get a new cd, listen to it for about a week and then carefully select the songs that get loaded.

The insight that this comparison provided came as I spent some “Wally-time” listening to my own selections. In this relatively small grouping of songs came tunes that are truly impacting – yet remain obscure to those who never ventured beyond the surface songs.

Now I could spend hours (pages) discussing song selection and music rotations, but that is not the point. What we must realize is that for every great song heard on the radio, there are a dozen good songs on the artist’ album. For every good song on the album are many more that didn’t quite make the cut. Yet each tune represents the heart of the songwriter. Are certain heart thots more deserving to be heard than another?

Here’s to the album cuts of life – those things that impact us deeply that only a few people will ever really discover. Recently, we have some friends whose family has been turned upside down by the diagnosis of Hodgkins Lymphoma in a relatively young father. It’s at the point where only a few people know. To most, everything appears fine on the surface as people concern themselves with the day to day stuff that doesn’t matter – when in reality, our friends are hurting and their world has been rocked.

May it never suffice that I am satisfied to see only what exists on the surface, but Lord help me to dig deeper to experience the album cuts of life!

Wally Decker

Wally Decker

Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983.

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Wally Decker

Married my high school sweetheart (Diane) in 1987. She teaches kindergarten. We attend, fellowship and serve at Faith Missionary Alliance Church of Midway. We have three children: Tyler (20), Brianna (17) and Bradley (14) Obviously most of my free time (what’s that?) is divided between family, church and community activities. Got into radio at age 15…have been part of the WBFJ team since 1983. MON-FRI 1P-3P, SUN 6A-10A wdecker@wbfj.fm


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