My parents were missionaries, so I wasn’t introduced to good secular music until later in life.  John Denver was about as edgy as we got around the Palmer house, and I was fine with that.  I didn’t know any better.  Until we came back to the States on furlough when I was 6.  When my friends were talking about music, and I dropped the Psalty references, and all I heard was crickets, I knew I better figure out who this Bon Jovi was.  By the time we returned to Cypress, where my parents were doing some incredibly important work, it was as if the waves of American music had washed up on the shores of our Missionary Kid ears.  The next thing I knew, Aaron Sacco and I were listening to single cassettes of Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, and, our favorite, Vanilla Ice.  By that point, I was sold.  Music wasn’t just about God anymore- it could also be about life.  Now that I think about it, those two subjects aren’t that far apart… in fact, they are intimately bound together.

So, as an homage to my spiritual and musical heritage, I want to begin my “Top Ten Musical Influences” list with a shout out to my mom and dad and the deep spiritual roots they have attempted to develop in my soul.  Get your fans ready, we’re about to go to church…

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