Garnet inherited pretty much the same vocal instrument and wrote songs with a wider variety of themes.
Garneta€™s mother and father came from Nova Scotia, but moved to Hamilton, Ontario to find work. After Stan was signed by RCA records to do some novelty singles and they went nowhere, he moved to London, Ontario, which was closer to Garnet.
During the last two years of high school, Garnet was part of a strange, interesting concept.
Garnet sprinkles his between-song patter with stories and cutting, wry humor that audiences carry home and share with others.
Garneta€™s story is so rich and hea€™s such a great musician (his blues fingerpicking on a€?Corrine, Corrinaa€? might be the best Ia€™ve ever heard) that this article should span two issues.
Garnet told me, a€?I got Stana€™s secondhand guitar when he got a decent one.a€? When Garnet was about 12, Stan gave him a Mississippi John Hurt LP for Christmas. Her kitchen sink, located directly over the cafea€™s stage, allowed her to put a hose from the sink into a hole in the floor and send a torrent of water onto performers during their show.
They were fans of country and folk music and, as youngsters, had listened to Carter Family broadcasts from a powerful border station in Mexico during the a€™30s.
He had wanted to learn the building blocks of playing the flute and learn how to read music, so he briefly attended a class in 10th grade for that purpose. A great believer in playing out, he stated, a€?You can spend three hours practicing scales by yourself and youa€™re not really learning; but if you spend ten minutes on stage wondering where all those notes are and how youa€™re going to make them count, thata€™s a much better way of learning an instrument. Garnet started commuting every weekend because there was a club there that he liked, Smalea€™s Pace. The next morning he hitchhiked up to northern Ontario where the band was and found the tour bus. Guys came to the bars to get drunk, not to listen to sensitive guitar players singing about life. As Garnet stated elsewhere: a€?The Maritime traditional sound we developed was a response to partly the market and partly simply due to the commissions we were given by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. All three band members had planned to go home on the same flight, but only Stan wanted to stay the extra few days after the festival.
At the Cabin Concert he told about how he began talking onstage about getting sober, soon after his three days of cold turkey in a motel room. They were fans of country and folk music and, as youngsters, had listened to Carter Family broadcasts from a powerful border station in Mexico during the a€™30s.A  Garnet and his older brother Stan grew up in Woodburn, a community in the easternmost part of Hamilton. What I didna€™t know was that the day of the show, Ia€™d be fielding anxious messages from Garnet, left on the cafea€™s phone answering machine throughout the day. On two occasions I had run to the basement during a show to shut off the buildinga€™s water main. At any given hour, youa€™d hear Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, Phil Ochsa€¦ Frank Zappa would be on for an interview, then theya€™d play Schoenberg a€¦ no rhyme or reason, no sense to anything a€¦ it was just music.
By 16, whenever Stan had a local gig, Ia€™d sit in for a bit if it wasna€™t a school night. Being large men, they got used to the idea that theya€™d have to fight to play their music. We did a lot of soundtrack work for radio dramas and a lot of it was in Halifax.a€? From that point forward, Stana€™s reputation grew as the six albums produced during his lifetime were released. Along with the grind of the road, Garnet had to process the loss of his brother and his brothera€™s growing legend.
Wea€™ll simply have to implore our readers to see Garnet live and buy every album hea€™s released. This will teach you how to fingerpick.a€? Garnet recalled, a€?I remember sitting on the front step one afternoon. 48: a€?Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. By this time, most fans in our little circle knew about Garneta€™s brother, the iconic Stan Rogers, and his tragic early passing.
He didna€™t know that we were completely volunteer-run and truly manned only on evenings when shows were scheduled. However, our neighbor was softening, aware that Ia€™d been working on the ceiling, trying to remedy the situation.
Garnet likes to say, only half-facetiously, that theya€™d have to fight their way on-stage, off-stage and back to the hotel and that they developed a middle set that was nothing but sea chanteys which left their hands free to defend themselves. Garnet was already home when a television news broadcast told about the flash fire that trapped Stan during an emergency landing, killing him presumably of smoke inhalation.
The temptation of drinking that often follows many a solo touring musician was actually a continuation of his time with Stan. He added: a€?After I quit, I got a letter from [Scotch whiskey manufacturer] Glenfiddich, asking, Was it something we said?a€™a€™ These days, he also reads from the memoir hea€™s working on of his days with Stan. Garnet was already home when a television news broadcast told about the flash fire that trapped Stan during an emergency landing, killing him presumablyA  of smoke inhalation. Stan had written elegiac songs about the working class in the Canadian Maritimes and farms, and had a rich, deep baritone. Wondering why nobody was there to answer the phone, he repeated his concern with each message, as to whether there would actually be a show. Taking no chances, though, without saying anything to Garnet, I grabbed $40 from our bank and ran upstairs.
I finally got it and my mom came out and said a€?ita€™s dinner time.a€™ I said, a€?I cana€™t come in.
It was the very same plane Garnet had flown home a couple of days earlier.A  a€?It could have been any one or all of us,a€? Garnet told me. I recently have finished my pool, jacuzzi, and firepit, and am thoroughly impressed with the speed and service of American Backyards.
As he approached from somewhere north, the sound of his voice got more and more agitated as he got closer and closer. We had two drummers, two bass players, a sitar player a€¦ For Goda€™s sake, we had an interpretive dancer at the side of the stage who wore black tights and whiteface.a€? Garnet was part of the band and played local gigs, but still in high school, he couldna€™t do road dates.
On the first album I bought, Speaking Softly in the Dark (1988), Garnet comes as close as Ia€™ve heard him sound like Stan, on a€?Like a Diamond Ring,a€? by his friend, Steve Hayes, one of the number of songs by other songwriters. In an email, he described how one story got this response: a€?[folksinger] Steve Gillette came up to me after a show and told me he enjoyed the reading but now had a very curious nine-year-old grandson who wanted to know what kind of person a a€?drag queena€™ was, and just what was a a€?hand joba€™? Canadian icon Garnet Rogers is singing his song, a€?Night Drive,a€? about a dream of his brother Stan, who perished years before.
He wasna€™t leaving a phone number, so I believe he was using pay phones en route and there was no way for me to reassure him.
Must have been a fun drive homea€¦a€? We heard the story referred to at the Cabin Concert, but I wona€™t reveal the details and spoil the fun for future audience members.
Chuck actually sat down with me for about three hours and went over multiple options and explained from an unbiased perspective the good and bad for each option. Garnet was his typically majestic self, filling the room with sounds the walls had never felt before. We decided to become a trio and actually rehearse and work at what we were doing.a€? Early on Stan was still finding his style. Of the four albums Garnet sent me, I like the studio albums, Firefly (2001) and Shining Thing (2004), the best.
He used to speak more about his vehicles (a€?The Stealth Volvoa€?), but that was absent during the last swing. On one side, Ia€™d be working on a painting a€” I fancied myself a painter a€” and when I got so far on the painting that I couldna€™t work on it anymore, Ia€™d turn around. I also had a great experience with both Michelle, the scheduler and office manager and Gary, the construction manager. He had come fully into his own by the time of these albumsa€™ releases, settling into a muscular, chesty vocal sound, and had long begun building his own storehouse of songs. I went online for one of these older stories: a€?Two years ago after wearing out four Volvos I got to the point where I didna€™t want to support my mechanica€™s extravagant lifestyle,a€? he said, without even a hint of a chuckle. Michelle did a great job explaining the timelines and process while Gary handled everything from construction to explaining set up.
He has outrun sorrows in his life and he sees the ridiculous in everyday existence a€” mainly in his life.
A new dilemma revealed itself as he continued to carry more guitars in, followed by electric amps that made him look like a one-man Pink Floyd tribute act.


With a now-familiar self-deprecation, he said, a€?Yeah, after I got over my hissy fit.a€? Years later, we had a chat before he did a Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors concert and I told him about that night and the woman above the cafe.
One night he returned with this weird look in his eyes like Charlton Heston as Moses with his hair turned white, coming down from the mountain. He said, a€?a€¦Wilson Pickett just wrote The Ten Commandments with his finger!a€™ Stan was in a little rhythm and blues band when he was in high school.
Garnet described how they would travel the Yellowhead Highway in Saskatchewan, in a tricked-out van that wore out four engines. Then Ia€™d add a second guitar track, or later on when I picked up flute and violin [he earned the money and bought them], add one of those.
I was extremely impressed with Chuck and his knowledge and experience in the industry, his no pressure, friendly demeanor and patience in answering my questions. I had this wonderful sermon today on resurrection but I am changing it due to something in this morninga€™s paper. He obviously was the one who a€?solda€? me on signing the contract with you.Next up was Michelle, who was the office contact and scheduling coordinator. Even my neighbors couldna€™t believe the systematic approach to how the vendors showed up, performed their work and then right behind them was the next vendor.
It looked like it was a well-oiled machine as one neighbor put it.Then there was Gary who ran the job. Our daughter who is also in the Army was in special training for 3 A? months and Oma and I took care of Alan at our home. At the local daycare, Alan met his friend Noah and they played together for the duration of this time. Donations can be sent to any PNC bank location in Pennsylvania directed to the Noah Staley Trust Fund.
This cancer is so rare that only about 100 people in the US have ever been diagnosed with this. They designed the perfect pool for our family at a great price that did not sacrifice quality. The final cost was actually less than quoted to us, and their prices were more than ten grand less than all the other "big guys" that gave us quotes! I am asking all of my readers, please pray to our Lord for his healing, that his parents get the much needed monies, and that everyonea€™s faith shall increase as they see the Glory of God do a miracle. Either Gary and Michelle or Chuck was here before the beginning of each step sometimes during the step and always followed up to make sure their contractors did what was put in the plans.A They always allowed us and the new pool owners to ask questions along the way.
They had the answers for us and we never felt like it was a question that shouldna€™t be asked.A Did I mention the fact that we love our new pool.
AND we were able to get into it before the 30 days that they promised.A We showed them the area of our yard and a general idea of what we wanted and they designed and built a pool of our dreams.
They installed our pool and did a great job, helping us with the design and color selections.
Help me boldly claim my full capacity for your use.a€? ------------- Donna Givlera€”quoting Katie Brazelton of Saddleback Church in her devotional book titled a€?Praying for Purpose, for Womena€?. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die.a€?1 Corinthians Chapter 15, vs.
42: Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever.
27: For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy one to rot in the grave. 2: The leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there was a resurrection of the dead. 11: I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or the other I will experience the resurrection from the dead. It proved that he was God and that He had power even over His own death and Satana€™s dominion. God can resurrect our lives, our dreams, and our visions if we ask him to or if it is His will for us. If we have a dream or vision and we lose sight of it we can gain our sight back if we ask Him in prayer. She continued her life style and left her son with babysitters while she partied and enjoyed life (she thought).
One day, depressed of how her life was going, she drove past our church and stopped in on a whim.
The final cost was actually less than quoted to us, and their prices were more than ten grand less than all the other "big guys" that gave us quotes! We sponsored her that Christmas and had much joy running around buying her son Jared presents. Over the next two years we connected a couple more times and gave her encouragement when we seen her. Last year we gave her a gift card for a restaurant so that she and Jared could have a nice meal out together.
She now has a good full time job with benefits, her son is doing fantastic in school, and she is looking exceptionally healthy and emotionally stable now. For she took the courage in her slow death of life and laid all her hope at the foot of the cross.
My wife and I thank God that he let us participate, even if it was very little, in her re-birth. Shortly after the dream, we were visiting YWAM in Lebanon and they were showing us their prayer tent that they use in Lancaster and Cape Cod. This was with the hope that someone would step up to the plate and donate a space to erect it. However, recently the pastors of the Gathering Place (a project to help people with Aids) asked us to help bring CAP some clothes this winter.
Just open your mouth and ask.a€?A a€?Even though your promise may be postdated, remember whose signature is on the checka€? Pastor Pop-Pop 11-8--09. What started out as something to just help pastor my children, has turned into something that may be helping lots of people.
According to Yahoo my host, I have an average of 50 hits a week on the Pastor Pop Pop site. This weekend at a prayer tent at a local flea market, I seen a leg grow that was shorter than the other one. Every week from now on there will be two tabs to the right of the Home Page that will be new.
We will address both today and you may click on the Tab in future weeks to experience the Altar Call again.
A Christian artist once said that when she was in another country and away from her Church, she would sit and pray alone and have communion by herself to remind her of her faith. That inspired my wife and me to do it occasionally by ourselves and with some of our Amish friends. It can be about your body, mind, soul, family, friends, healing needed, finances, challenges, or anything that you wish. Turn away from your former self, study in the Word (the Bible) and find yourself a good Christian Church that will support you and help you grow in your faith. The Son being Jesus Christ who died on the cross at Calvary and shed his blood for our sins. I believe that since I now accept Him as my Lord and Savior that I have been washed clean of my sins and guilt by his blood.
Jesus, I love you.a€? A If you prayed this simple prayer, you are saved and re-born in Him. We are going to drown!a€? He replied, a€?You of little faith, why are you afraid?a€? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The eyes of the Lord are upon those who love him; he is their mighty shield and strong support, a shelter from the heat, a shade from the noonday sun, a guard against stumbling, a help against falling.
Although I own and study from many various different Bible translations, I personally normally use the NAB version.
Occasionally I like to read some of the a€?missing books of the Biblea€? sometimes called the Apocrypha. They include the books of the books of Baruch, Judith, both Maccabees, Sirach, Tobit and the book of Wisdom.
If youa€™re Amish (I do have some Amish readers), you may find these books in an earlier version of the King James printing.


Any way, I was reading the book of Sirach and through some of the verses it was put on my heart that I treated this person somewhat wrongly and it could have been done through ambition or pride of mine.
I immediately broke down and confessed this sin to Jesus and asked for Goda€™s forgiveness. However, I will declare that the Lord has closed a door but he will surely open a new and better one. I choose to believe this truth and not the news media and evil spirits who would much rather us to believe that this bad economy, unemployment, and world affairs will defeat us.
He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. The Scriptures say, a€?People do not live by bread alone.a€™a€? Then the devil took him up and revealed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 12: For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. It is good for us to know the Scriptures and write some down to pray and declare a€?in Jesusa€™ namea€™ when we are being attacked. When you are in the battles of life, say a verse or two out loud and declare it over your life in Jesusa€™ name.
Tell Satan to, a€?Get out of my life, body, mind, and soul and leave me alone in Jesusa€™ namea€? And use the arrows against him. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord has heard my weeping. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. I will thank the Lord because he is just; I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. My enemies retreated; they staggered and died when you appeared.Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Dona€™t let my enemies gloat, saying, a€?We have defeated him!a€? Dona€™t let them rejoice at my downfall.Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Protect my life from my enemiesa€™ threats.But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down. Pray and think on this thing called freedom, which we take for granted but is being eroded away. 37-40: Then He said to him (a Pharisee), a€?Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 21: The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love will find life righteousness, and faithful love. Many relatives were coming to our home to partake in the golden turkey and all the other foods and treats my wife prepared. So I will not be spending Thanksgiving having dinner around a table with my family like you are going to. If people like you would not patronize this store on holidays and make sure that you have all your stuff the day before, it would be unlikely that they would stay open.
It also made me think about all the other stores that are open on these days and the countless others that have to work those days and cannot have an enjoyable time like some of the rest of us. And dona€™t forget to thank them for being there if you just cannot bear not to go to the store for that a€?emergencya€? item. 37-38: On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, a€?Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! For the Scriptures declare, a€?Rivers of living water will flow from his hearta€™.a€?Matthew Chapter 11, vs. On one day before his memorial service when we were all there at his home, his daughter went out in the backyard by her self.
She was walking around in the back yard and my other brother and I decided to go out and comfort her. She said that she looked up in the sky (it was blue and full of clouds that day) and, a€?I saw a very large white hand that seemed to reach down to mea€?.
She stated that she felt it was her daddya€™s hand and because of this she felt better knowing that he was still watching over her.
We may go through many troubles and trials in our lives but God will always be with us and never forsake us.
12-13: If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go and search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.
When he had freely spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he found himself in dire need. So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens who sent him to his farm to tend the swine. Coming to his senses he thought, a€?How many of my fathera€™s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, a€?Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. While he was a long way off, his father caught sight of him and was filled with compassion. Loads of cars and cameras were set up by the Audubon society to just catch a glimpse of it.
You may have had parents or grandparents that were religious and went to church and prayed. Perhaps you have done something you consider really bad and believe God just doesna€™t love you anymore.
Through his Son, if you confess your sins and ask for his forgiveness, you will be washed clean again.
One that will help you feel better, enriches your soul, shower you with His Word, and nurture your faith so it grows in the path of Christ. I wish to thank all my readers for visiting my web site this year and I hope that it helped in some way. She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means a€?God is with usa€™).Micah Chapter 5, vs. 2: But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah .
God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.John Chapter 20, vs. 30-31: The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.Luke Chapter 2, vs. 9-12: Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lorda€™s glory surrounded them.
The Savior a€“ yes, the Messiah, the Lord a€“ has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
The names have been changed and the name of their Church deleted to help keep their identities secret.
It was at this Church that we also got baptized together and rededicated our lives to Christ.
I desire a man after your own heart and if that is not Mark then remove him.a€? I also said, a€?But Lord, divorce is not your desire, I believe in you. Mark has too much pride to come down to the altar, but I know if you can make a Donkey talk, you can call him out!a€? (Read Numbers Chapter 22, vs. God has something to say.a€? Now the Pastor did not know Mark and did not know what I had prayed before we came here, only God knew.
I now read the Bible to them every day, monitor their TV, take them to Church, and lay hands on them and speak blessings into their lives.




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