It’s easy to take something for granted when you grow up in close proximity to it. Every now and then I wonder how weird it is for kids of celebrities to see their parents, or their parents’ work, talked about by so many people who don’t even really know them. Truth is, even though my parents are far from famous, they are known in certain remote circles. So I have had a taste of that. And from time to time it really hits home to me the sort of honor it is to be a daughter of Michael & Sally O’Connor.
The most recent example came when I was transferring their lyrics to an iPad. This project is to give Mom better visibility on the words when she’s sharing in concert.
Hopefully it will encourage her to retire the old lyric binder, with pages so creased and worn that the edges look more like aged felt than paper.
In the process of digitizing the lyrics, I retyped everything, double checked for my own typos, then played around with formatting a good bit. The project only took me a few days, but in the process I rediscovered my parents’ music.
Yeah, rediscovered. If you grew up with Hey God and Come Meet The Author of Life playing on loop for a decade while you’re going to sleep, you might want to get a few years’ distance from the albums, too. So by the time I began digitizing, over a dozen years later later, the lyrics struck me like it was my first time hearing them.
What I gleaned was that, even before my parents reached the 30-year mark in their marriage or ministry, they had provided a rough sketch of the beginning, middle, and end of their earthly journey in their lyrics.
For the abridged version, you’d listen to I Want To Make History With You, The Place Where I Get My Mail, Come Unto Me, At The Table, and It’s Just A Matter of Time. The expanded edition might include heartfelt struggles and desires woven into songs like There’s A Table Waiting, The Honeymoon Suite, and Make Me A Window.
My Parents. Very special people.
My parents are special people, and every now and then I realize just how special. Their hearts are on full display when they’re doing what they love best; creating songs that matter.
To give a little more backdrop to these two and their work, I’ve helped them re-launch their YouTube page. If you have a few minutes, please check out the new introductory video and consider subscribing to the new Youtube channel by clicking on my picture below. Hopefully this is the last IPM channel you’ll need to subscribe to.
Click on picture to take the 2:48 tour of the new IPM video archive and SUBSCRIBE
While we’re on the topic, what would you be interested in seeing more of on the new IPM Youtube channel? Alternately, what are some of your favorite IPM songs, and why? Please respond in the comments section below.