This morning, the Mrs. and I took our usual morning walk (much earlier this time so we wouldn’t melt). After stopping at Spoons Café to share a breakfast, we went by the Farmer’s Market where she found herself some nice Kombucha. With our hands full of coffee & tea, we began the walk back past one of the city buildings where the photo today was taken. I didn’t know why at the time, but that glass window caught my eye and heart.
When I sat down to write tonight’s blog, the window came back to me and then I knew why. It had to do with one of my favorite albums of all time, Walls of Glass, by Russ Taff.
We all could probably look back and, if asked, think of one song or one album that stands out as one we were influenced by greater than others. For me, without any hesitation, it would be Walls of Glass.
For those who may not be familiar with Russ Taff, he was a prominent Christian music artist in the late 70s singing with The Imperials (another one of my favorite groups from that time) and, later branched out into solo work. Walls of Glass was his solo debut album and, I believe, his best.
After graduation from High School and going into my first year of college, I listened to this album over and over again. My dorm wing loved it too and, with the help of ‘Big Dan’ and his 1000 watt system pushed out through four huge speakers crammed into a very small dorm room, we could all rock out to it.
Recently, Russ was elected into the Christian Music Hall of Fame named the most influential voice of his generation. What I didn’t know about Russ, was that he was a preacher’s kid who had a rough upbringing causing years of emotional insecurities and pain. It wasn’t until later in life, that he found healing with his parents and within himself.
Russ had a gift, but the pains of his father’s not affirming him and his father’s alcoholism, caused him years of pain. His past was expressed through his authentic, heart-felt vocals, and that made his music ring in my heart.
The song Walls of Glass speaks about the illusion of this world’s glamour, money, beauty, and fame causing discontentment in the heart of people, when the real riches are already in their hands.
The song speaks particularly close to my heart because of the pains of a past broken relationship where the allusion of riches, fame, and beauty, caused a great divide. The unfulfilled dreams of this life brought discontentment, and unmet expectations in the other person which, eventually, took a toll in my self-esteem leading to poor choices.
The song, I Want to Change, is a song that speaks to me even more today, as it is a ‘prayer song’ (my favorite type of song), asking to be free from the pains and mistakes of our past, only to be made more into His image.
I could list every song and why they speak to me, but I wanted to share Russ’s Walls of Glass with you tonight because, for me, it has always spoken to my heart and has been there during times of great joy, and great pain.
If you can, take some time to listen to Russ’s story and then the Walls of Glass music. I pasted both below for you to check out. I’ll leave you with that tonight.
Know that you are loved today. You are loved tomorrow, and whether you felt like it or not, you were loved in the past by an all-loving God. Rest in that thought tonight my friend and have a blessed day tomorrow.
Here's a link to the Walls of Glass Album.