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    Singer David Olney Dies During Performance at Florida's 30A Festival

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    "Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized, and shut his eyes," Rigby wrote on Facebook. "He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing — I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was, because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment."

    Added Rigby, "Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to ... We all lost someone important last night."

    Miller described the scene similarly in his own post: "David was playing a song when he paused, said 'I'm sorry' and put his chin to his chest. He never dropped his guitar or fell of his stool. It was as easy and gentle as he was. We got him down and tried our best to revive him until the EMTs arrived. ... The world lost a good one last night. But we still have his work. And it still inspires. And always will. RIP..."

    Singer David Olney Dies During Performance at Florida’s 30A Festival

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    He went doing what he loved doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBrand View Post
    He went doing what he loved doing.
    If he was a believer it was a great way to go.

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    If he was a believer it was a great way to go.
    But at a funeral everybody goes to heaven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireBrand View Post
    But at a funeral everybody goes to heaven.
    Yep.

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    If he was a believer it was a great way to go.
    Came across this...


    David Olney, Almost Unknown Singer of Great Biblical Songs, R.I.P.
    By David Mills
    Published on January 21, 2020
    David Olney, Almost Unknown Singer of Great Biblical Songs, R.I.P. | The Stream


    "Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes. He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on." Amy Rigby, who was performing with him, describes the death on stage Saturday night of the singer and song-writer David Olney. "At first looked like he was just taking a moment."

    I suspect maybe no one reading this has heard of him. Stars like Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Del McCoury sung his songs. But he wasn't a huge star. (Here's a short biography from his website. And here's a profile from five years ago that fills out the story.) He was 71 when he died.

    Olney wrote some of the wisest biblical songs you'll ever hear, but in the world of mainstream music. No one would call him a "Christian artist." He didn't travel in those circles. I'm not entirely sure what he thought about Christianity, but he brought the good news to people who might not have heard it if he didn't sing about it....




    ...A Kind of Christian

    David Olney seems to have been a Christian, though maybe a lapsed one. I haven't sussed out his beliefs. In one interview he talked about his song "When the Deal Goes Down." It includes lines like "You don't have to raise the dead. Give me wine or give me bread. Just tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down."

    "Christianity, through the accident of geography, is the religion I deal with," Olney says. "When I got hit by that pickup truck, I just needed to know that it had meaning."

    Speaking of the religion, he says, "There's an emphasis on the virgin birth, and all that stuff — those are parlor tricks. At the crisis points in your life, that's not what people need. People need to feel their life has meaning and that they're loved and accepted when the deal goes down." I don't think he meant "parlor trick" the way it sounds. I think he means the way Christians can use them, when what most of us want most is to know that God loves us and the world means something, even when life goes bad.

    The singer didn't claim to have the answers. He could be ironic about himself. He adds: "That was a song giving helpful advice to God about how to run the universe."

    When he describes The Stone on his own website, he doesn't commit himself. "Something happened. Back there all those centuries ago. Something not easily believed or easily dismissed," he writes. "But nothing comes of nothing. Something happened. The Stone is an attempt to address those events. From varying points of view (a con man, a donkey, a murderer and a soldier), a story is told. A picture struggles to emerge. Nothing is proved. Nothing is denied."
    We Need Not Fear

    Nothing is proved. But something is proclaimed. In the song "Flesh and Blood" from The Stone, the unnamed disciple remembers the Last Supper. (You'll want to listen to it to get the full effect as a song.) Jesus says goodbye to His friends. "The time has come for me to leave. Do not despair and do not grieve. The path is clear. The way is shown. You need not fear, you're not alone."

    At the end of the song, the disciple says, "The seasons pass, the ages roll. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. Day to night and night to day, all earthly glory fades away."

    But that's not the last word. The last word is Jesus's. "But now the table's set and he calls once more, the bread to break, the wine to pour. Whatever heartache we have known, we need not fear, we're not alone. Flesh and blood, the soul of man. He lived and died. He lives again."

    Rest in the peace of the risen Jesus, David Olney.





    This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity (futility) of their mind, having the understanding darkened...
    (Ephesians 4:17-18)

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly...
    (Psalm 1)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodismyJudge View Post
    Came across this...


    David Olney, Almost Unknown Singer of Great Biblical Songs, R.I.P.
    By David Mills
    Published on January 21, 2020
    David Olney, Almost Unknown Singer of Great Biblical Songs, R.I.P. | The Stream


    "Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes. He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on." Amy Rigby, who was performing with him, describes the death on stage Saturday night of the singer and song-writer David Olney. "At first looked like he was just taking a moment."

    I suspect maybe no one reading this has heard of him. Stars like Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Del McCoury sung his songs. But he wasn't a huge star. (Here's a short biography from his website. And here's a profile from five years ago that fills out the story.) He was 71 when he died.

    Olney wrote some of the wisest biblical songs you'll ever hear, but in the world of mainstream music. No one would call him a "Christian artist." He didn't travel in those circles. I'm not entirely sure what he thought about Christianity, but he brought the good news to people who might not have heard it if he didn't sing about it....




    ...A Kind of Christian

    David Olney seems to have been a Christian, though maybe a lapsed one. I haven't sussed out his beliefs. In one interview he talked about his song "When the Deal Goes Down." It includes lines like "You don't have to raise the dead. Give me wine or give me bread. Just tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down."

    "Christianity, through the accident of geography, is the religion I deal with," Olney says. "When I got hit by that pickup truck, I just needed to know that it had meaning."

    Speaking of the religion, he says, "There's an emphasis on the virgin birth, and all that stuff — those are parlor tricks. At the crisis points in your life, that's not what people need. People need to feel their life has meaning and that they're loved and accepted when the deal goes down." I don't think he meant "parlor trick" the way it sounds. I think he means the way Christians can use them, when what most of us want most is to know that God loves us and the world means something, even when life goes bad.

    The singer didn't claim to have the answers. He could be ironic about himself. He adds: "That was a song giving helpful advice to God about how to run the universe."

    When he describes The Stone on his own website, he doesn't commit himself. "Something happened. Back there all those centuries ago. Something not easily believed or easily dismissed," he writes. "But nothing comes of nothing. Something happened. The Stone is an attempt to address those events. From varying points of view (a con man, a donkey, a murderer and a soldier), a story is told. A picture struggles to emerge. Nothing is proved. Nothing is denied."
    We Need Not Fear

    Nothing is proved. But something is proclaimed. In the song "Flesh and Blood" from The Stone, the unnamed disciple remembers the Last Supper. (You'll want to listen to it to get the full effect as a song.) Jesus says goodbye to His friends. "The time has come for me to leave. Do not despair and do not grieve. The path is clear. The way is shown. You need not fear, you're not alone."

    At the end of the song, the disciple says, "The seasons pass, the ages roll. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. Day to night and night to day, all earthly glory fades away."

    But that's not the last word. The last word is Jesus's. "But now the table's set and he calls once more, the bread to break, the wine to pour. Whatever heartache we have known, we need not fear, we're not alone. Flesh and blood, the soul of man. He lived and died. He lives again."

    Rest in the peace of the risen Jesus, David Olney.





    I hear wounds, discontent in his lyrics. Someone in church or tv or...well, the deal went down and I hope he is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GodismyJudge View Post
    Came across this...


    David Olney, Almost Unknown Singer of Great Biblical Songs, R.I.P.
    By David Mills
    Published on January 21, 2020
    David Olney, Almost Unknown Singer of Great Biblical Songs, R.I.P. | The Stream


    "Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes. He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on." Amy Rigby, who was performing with him, describes the death on stage Saturday night of the singer and song-writer David Olney. "At first looked like he was just taking a moment."

    I suspect maybe no one reading this has heard of him. Stars like Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Del McCoury sung his songs. But he wasn't a huge star. (Here's a short biography from his website. And here's a profile from five years ago that fills out the story.) He was 71 when he died.

    Olney wrote some of the wisest biblical songs you'll ever hear, but in the world of mainstream music. No one would call him a "Christian artist." He didn't travel in those circles. I'm not entirely sure what he thought about Christianity, but he brought the good news to people who might not have heard it if he didn't sing about it....




    ...A Kind of Christian

    David Olney seems to have been a Christian, though maybe a lapsed one. I haven't sussed out his beliefs. In one interview he talked about his song "When the Deal Goes Down." It includes lines like "You don't have to raise the dead. Give me wine or give me bread. Just tell me you'll be there when the deal goes down."

    "Christianity, through the accident of geography, is the religion I deal with," Olney says. "When I got hit by that pickup truck, I just needed to know that it had meaning."

    Speaking of the religion, he says, "There's an emphasis on the virgin birth, and all that stuff — those are parlor tricks. At the crisis points in your life, that's not what people need. People need to feel their life has meaning and that they're loved and accepted when the deal goes down." I don't think he meant "parlor trick" the way it sounds. I think he means the way Christians can use them, when what most of us want most is to know that God loves us and the world means something, even when life goes bad.

    The singer didn't claim to have the answers. He could be ironic about himself. He adds: "That was a song giving helpful advice to God about how to run the universe."

    When he describes The Stone on his own website, he doesn't commit himself. "Something happened. Back there all those centuries ago. Something not easily believed or easily dismissed," he writes. "But nothing comes of nothing. Something happened. The Stone is an attempt to address those events. From varying points of view (a con man, a donkey, a murderer and a soldier), a story is told. A picture struggles to emerge. Nothing is proved. Nothing is denied."
    We Need Not Fear

    Nothing is proved. But something is proclaimed. In the song "Flesh and Blood" from The Stone, the unnamed disciple remembers the Last Supper. (You'll want to listen to it to get the full effect as a song.) Jesus says goodbye to His friends. "The time has come for me to leave. Do not despair and do not grieve. The path is clear. The way is shown. You need not fear, you're not alone."

    At the end of the song, the disciple says, "The seasons pass, the ages roll. Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall. Day to night and night to day, all earthly glory fades away."

    But that's not the last word. The last word is Jesus's. "But now the table's set and he calls once more, the bread to break, the wine to pour. Whatever heartache we have known, we need not fear, we're not alone. Flesh and blood, the soul of man. He lived and died. He lives again."

    Rest in the peace of the risen Jesus, David Olney.





    That seems to be a definite 'maybe'.

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    But at a funeral everybody goes to heaven.
    Then they turn into angels because God needed another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curly sue View Post
    Then they turn into angels because God needed another one.
    I know, right? - Sorry, (call me judgmental) but I cringe every time I hear (or read in an obituary) that someone who has not shown any evidence or fruit of salvation has become "Another Angel to Watch Over Us"

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