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  • David Hodges is my latest discovery. He may in fact be well known to some. He was the keyboardist for Evanescence. He’s also a songwriter, producer, and vocalist, but only stayed with the band for a short time. Because of David’s association with Evanescence, I was peripherally aware of him. But he was thrust into my vision most recently when I heard a song he wrote and recorded for the documentary film The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain. The film is about one of the most heralded high school players of all time. In 2005, Mitch Mustain was the top high school QB in America; the first ever consensus Gatorade, Parade, and USA Today Player of the Year. He began his college career with eight consecutive victories. Then, the momentum stopped and he fell flat on his face. “Where Tomorrow Goes” is the song to which the credits roll at the end of the film.

    I was stunned by the beauty of the song. I didn’t know the song was written and recorded by Hodges at the time, because it had a singer/songwriter vibe, nothing like the kind of music Evanescence made. So I spent a couple of hours listening to the music of David Hodges. His music will probably be my next major musical fixation. His lyrics are stunning and the production has some of the Evanescence ethereal quality. I wasn’t a particular fan of Evanescence, but the airy production sound seems like a better fit for a singer/songwriter type than it did with Evanescence.

    The posted song isn’t the one from the movie (called “Where Tomorrow Goes”), though you can find it on YouTube. “A Song for the Weary” is a first cousin to Andrew Peterson’s “Silence of God” and its beauty might blow you away. I only received two “likes” on Facebook and thought it might be more appreciated over here. Please enjoy.

    How about this refrain:

    If history’s a martyr
    And tomorrow is a saint,
    May our eyes be even wider
    For the breadcrumbs of grace

     

     

    It’s a testament to the online (some off line too) relationships that were formed from those days of yore that I well remember all that have posted so far. My recollection is similar to yours, John. We were fortunate that Facebook came along then, allowing us to maintain and cultivate those long established relationships.

    Online “relationships” would make an interesting study. Since online friends are not physically present, on some level, sometimes it may not feel like a real relationship. Still, I would become a little defensive if anyone were to try to convince me that my friendships with John, Dan, and many other online friendships were not “real” relationships.

    Hi again. I always enjoyed the personal interaction and chemistry of Andyland. Those were special times. If even a small fraction of the camaraderie and love that flourished in those days is evident in the new forums, we will be richly blessed.

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