Amazing Guitarist Michael Card Brings Worship to the
Gospel singer and songwriter Michael Card brought his incredible
musical talent and many instruments to the Ocean City Tabernacle for a special
free concert last Sunday night. Card plays guitar, octave mandolin, piano and
banjo and has made 22 CDS and written over 200 songs! Most people will know him
by the famous El Shaddai that Amy
Grant had as a hit. He was accompanied
by Jeff Taylor who plays accordion, piano, recorder and flute. Amazingly Taylor
is well versed in the over 200 songs that Michael has written and played along quite well with each song.
Card is an impressive guitar player and his songs are
exactly like he performs them on his CDs. He also introduced us to the octave
mandolin, (left) which he calls his “bazooka”, only not when he is checking in on his flight!
Card has a vast knowledge of the Bible and shares his
knowledge on his podcast radio show available from his website www.michaelcard.com He has written 19 #1 singles and co-authored 16
books. His father was a Baptist minister and he owns his grandfather’s Bible
which he says unfortunately doesn’t have any markings in it. He has made it a
point to give each of his 4 children their own Bible with notes and lessons
about special verses that have meaning to him in his hand writing.
In his concert he went through the Bible with songs from
different parts, Genesis to Revelations. He encouraged everyone to read thru
the Bible each year. “Genesis Rocks,” he said, “It’s like Spielberg,”… “and
Exodus-the parting of the Red Sea!” I was surprised at how many of the songs I
knew, but didn’t know he was the author.
He started the concert in Genesis with Pages in the Book, El Shaddai,
and Abraham, about calling his son Isaac,
meaning “laughter” because how funny that an old man should have a son. Abraham trusts
that God will provide the sacrifice, so he won’t have to kill his son. Then he
sang another favorite, “Year of Jubilee.”
Card grew up in a black church in Nashville. He observed
in the old songs, slaves referred to Jesus as “Master,” because they wanted
their own Masters to know they had another Master. They were proud to be slaves
of Christ, servants. Card noted the word “Lord” means owner. Card said, “Everyone
is going to be a slave to something?” “Whose slave are you going to be?” he asked,
singing the song Better Freedom.
The duo performed a beautiful rendition of the 23rd
Psalm with an octave mandolin, which is an 8-string mandolin with a lower
octave, along with a recorder. It was a
real treat to sing along to a hymn sing to hymns Praise to the Lord, Just as I
Am and Walk with Me Lord, which is the favorite song of his friend Denny, a
former Black Panther, who is dying of cancer.
He ended the concert with songs from the Gospels and Revelations
asking the poignant question, why did he choose to die? He wrote his own
version of Psalm 51, confessing his foolish lies, but “still he will not walk
away from the Lord, even though he made the man of sorrows sorry.”
The Tabernacle took a love offering for Michael Card for his
generosity of sharing his gift of music with those in attendance. Some future
events coming to the Tabernacle include the von Trapp Children on June 18, 7
pm, tickets $25 at door. Free concerts for Jazz pianist James Ward- August 10 -
7 pm, a harpist on Aug. 17 - 7 pm, and Phillip Yancey on Sept. 14 - 8:30 & 10:30
am, author of Disappointment with God.
Check out the Tabernacle’s Full Schedule www.octabernacle.org 399-1915