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Finding God in clay vessels

Every now and then I find other bloggers republish earlier posts, so it is in that spirit that I once again offer this personal homage to a musician from Mattawa, Roy Payne (The Goofy Newfie).

clay vessels: Drinking a Beer with Jesus
I have been fortunate to come to know personally the writer and performer of this song. His name is Roy Payne.

To say that Roy has has lived life "in extremus" would be kind. Any polish or veneer that once adorned his countenance has long since been burned off by the trials of life; some of his own making, others by the trials of fate.

Yet having visited the joys of fame during the '70's on the country music scene, he has also lived that sad state of life memorialized in those ballad and songs of woe.

I am also privileged to be able to talk with him about how it is that he continues to experience (if not always heed...) the gentle touch of God in places we would not always think to look: like "Drinking Beer with Jesus". Without a doubt, we hear inspiration and authenticity in the lyric of a song offered with a raspy voice bespeaks years and years of smoky bars and hard living.

Whether the muse for this work be divine or not, Jesus was certainly there in that crucis where inspiration was born.

Download the song here and listen for yourself and let me know how you would respond to his final line.


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