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“In a world that seems to devalue committed marriage, it’s refreshing to hear a man sing true love songs to his wife. May they inspire and call everyone who hears them to remember what a gift it is to be loved by someone for life.” (Kim Hill/Artist/songwriter/Single Mom)
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“In a world that seems to devalue committed marriage, it’s refreshing to hear a man sing true love songs to his wife. May they inspire and call everyone who hears them to remember what a gift it is to be
“It’s a rare gift to get an opportunity to write lyrics to ‘classic’ melodies. I’m so excited about these songs! Michael shows his true genius for melodic composition and his voice is a revelation singing them. This is one of the coolest projects I’ve ever worked on!” - (Regie Hamm/Songwriter/Producer/Artist)
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“It’s a rare gift to get an opportunity to write lyrics to ‘classic’ melodies. I’m so excited about these songs! Michael shows his true genius for melodic composition and his voice is a revelation singing them. This is one of
“Michael O”Brien’s newest offering has the best balance of vocal and musical innovation that I have seen in many years. Reminiscent of John Mayer or Alicia Key’s remarkable breakthrough statements, Michael O’Brien is about to be heard from.” (Barry Landis/Music Executive)
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“Michael O”Brien’s newest offering has the best balance of vocal and musical innovation that I have seen in many years. Reminiscent of John Mayer or Alicia Key’s remarkable breakthrough statements, Michael O’Brien is about to be heard from.” (Barry Landis/Music
“Michael O’Brien reminds us all that passion and romance are God given gifts for a husband and his bride. These are not just beautiful, soulful songs. They are modern day sonnets.” (David Nasser/Author/Speaker)
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“Michael O’Brien reminds us all that passion and romance are God given gifts for a husband and his bride. These are not just beautiful, soulful songs. They are modern day sonnets.” (David Nasser/Author/Speaker)
“Michael’s melodic music and melodious voice take me back and move me forward. Back, to a time when songs were crafted and expressed with the passion and finess of the master crooners–Forward, to a time when this music is once again embraced and appreciated. It is comfortable. It is soothing. It is refreshing.” - (Wayne Kirkpatrick/Songwriter/Producer/Artist)
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“Michael’s melodic music and melodious voice take me back and move me forward. Back, to a time when songs were crafted and expressed with the passion and finess of the master crooners–Forward, to a time when this music is once
“One of my favorite singers of all time with one of the greatest voices I have ever heard.” - (Mark Wills/Artist)
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“One of my favorite singers of all time with one of the greatest voices I have ever heard.” – (Mark Wills/Artist)
“I played just one song of Michael’s new record and I could not believe the reaction from our core female audience.Michael’s new album is refreshing yet somehow familiar and like sonic comfort food. Michael’s voice just drives our adult females crazy. This record is THE record to hear in 2006.” (D C Chymes/Radio Personality)
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“I played just one song of Michael’s new record and I could not believe the reaction from our core female audience.Michael’s new album is refreshing yet somehow familiar and like sonic comfort food. Michael’s voice just drives our adult females
“Michael’s voice is so inviting for the listener. I could listen to him all day and all night. His songwriting is so unique and effective. I haven’t heard something this fresh from a male artist in years.” - (Aaron Benward/Artist/Songwriter)
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“Michael’s voice is so inviting for the listener. I could listen to him all day and all night. His songwriting is so unique and effective. I haven’t heard something this fresh from a male artist in years.” – (Aaron Benward/Artist/Songwriter)
“I love music like this that instantly draws me in and keeps me captivated. This is how I felt when I first heard Michael’s songs. They are classic and beautiful, thoughtful and tender, honest and full of heart. A quiet passion is evident in them and I will be a long time listener.” (Kristin Schweain/Zoegirl)
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“I love music like this that instantly draws me in and keeps me captivated. This is how I felt when I first heard Michael’s songs. They are classic and beautiful, thoughtful and tender, honest and full of heart. A quiet
“Michael O’Brien is such a phenomenal talent. His voice is a rare breed in today’s musical climate. I’m a sucker for music with a nostalgic sound. This is just pure, good classic music. I also believe in what he stands for. A lot of people sing about love, but few people talk about commitment and even fewer live it out. He reminds us all what true love is all about.” - (Natalie Grant/Artist/songwriter)
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“Michael O’Brien is such a phenomenal talent. His voice is a rare breed in today’s musical climate. I’m a sucker for music with a nostalgic sound. This is just pure, good classic music. I also believe in what he stands
“Michaels songs are modern day classics. I feel like I’ve known them for years” (Bryan Lennox/Producer/Engineer)
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“Michaels songs are modern day classics. I feel like I’ve known them for years” (Bryan Lennox/Producer/Engineer)
“Crooners of old would tip their hats to a cat named Michael O’Brien. Too many try to emulate the greats and fall short, but not Michael. Smooth vocals and songs that warm the heart intersect with amazing affect. The melodies are haunting, the vocal is golden, the cd is a must.” (Randy Phillips/Phillips Craig and Dean/Songwriter)
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“Crooners of old would tip their hats to a cat named Michael O’Brien. Too many try to emulate the greats and fall short, but not Michael. Smooth vocals and songs that warm the heart intersect with amazing affect. The melodies
“Michael O’Brien has outdone himself! This album is wonderful, and highly recommended for all married couples. It’s about time that someone has given us a clean, passionate, beautiful backdrop for falling in love all over again. The lyrics are vulnerable, honest, and flavored with poetry. The singing is classic yet fresh, and the production is sonically beautiful, and very tastefully done. Out of four stars, I’d give it a six!” - (Nicole Mullen/Artist/Songwriter)
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“Michael O’Brien has outdone himself! This album is wonderful, and highly recommended for all married couples. It’s about time that someone has given us a clean, passionate, beautiful backdrop for falling in love all over again. The lyrics are vulnerable,
“Michael O’Brien is an artist who has the rare ability to create musical masterpieces by combining unparalleled vocal abilities with heartfelt passion. This collection of songs will reach deep into your soul and fill it with pure love and inspiration.” - (Leigh Cappillino – Point of Grace)
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“Michael O’Brien is an artist who has the rare ability to create musical masterpieces by combining unparalleled vocal abilities with heartfelt passion. This collection of songs will reach deep into your soul and fill it with pure love and inspiration.”
“To write songs like these, you have to believe what you are writing. And to sing songs like these (convincingly) you have to live what you are singing. Michael is a man of integrity and character who believes and lives this music.” - (Peter Furler/Newsboys/Songwriter)
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“To write songs like these, you have to believe what you are writing. And to sing songs like these (convincingly) you have to live what you are singing. Michael is a man of integrity and character who believes and lives
“Michael’s approach to music (and this new album) draws from both the classic elements of a great songwriter/performer and the cutting edge feel of the new romantic pop movement.” - (Glenn Rosenstein – Producer/Engineer)
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“Michael’s approach to music (and this new album) draws from both the classic elements of a great songwriter/performer and the cutting edge feel of the new romantic pop movement.” – (Glenn Rosenstein – Producer/Engineer)
“Michael’s new sound is incredible. His voice fits perfectly into this style and the songs are great. Makes me want to cuddle up by the fire with my honey.” (Scott Krippayne/Artist/Songwriter)
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“Michael’s new sound is incredible. His voice fits perfectly into this style and the songs are great. Makes me want to cuddle up by the fire with my honey.” (Scott Krippayne/Artist/Songwriter)
“A songwriter is only as good as the singer who interprets his work. Therefore, we tend to be critical about our messengers. I can’t imagine a more eloquent troubadour than Michael O’Brien. One of God’s most gifted singing Angels!” - (Hugh Martin/Songwriter/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas)
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“A songwriter is only as good as the singer who interprets his work. Therefore, we tend to be critical about our messengers. I can’t imagine a more eloquent troubadour than Michael O’Brien. One of God’s most gifted singing Angels!” – (Hugh

Little Indians

August 19, 2016 | Posted in Heidi's Blog | By

Little Indians

One little, two little, three little Indians…   

Four little, five little, six little Indians…

Ever since I dropped my third child Joseph off at College this past Thursday, the above nursery song has been running through my mind. I haven’t thought about it for over 20 years I’m sure. And I’m also fairly sure I never sang it to my kids. None-the-less, it keeps creeping into my consciousness.

There were no dramatic scenes, no fits of hysteria when I hugged him and turned the car around to head south. Possibly leaving my son disappointed. I think of all my children, he would have secretly delighted in some kind of visible, parental meltdown. Surprisingly, I didn’t even sob on the way home. Where was the complete breakdown? For years I have been tearing up, moaning and groaning even in anticipation of the “empty”, or rather “reducing” nest.   Reality hits—and—nothing! Just driving home. Listening to my sermons. Normal.

Mourning, for me, doesn’t always come when it is “supposed” to. Probably because I have an unnatural ability to disconnect under distress and become stoic when pressed to an emotional precipice. Michael and I refer to this as “going Schindler” because years ago when watching Schindler’s List in the theatre, instead of crying, I laughed a little and was perfectly unmoved as he sat sobbing for hours afterward.   In my case, sorrow often comes by surprise attack when I haven’t braced myself for impact. Grief sits there silently like a sniper waiting for the opportune moment when I’m defenseless.  Like at the grocery store, when I’m bagging some perfectly luscious tangelos and as I load down the bag it occurs to me, Timmy doesn’t eat fruit. Joseph is my fruit eater.   And so, one by one I remove the little globes of orange goodness back onto the stand and leave with an amount suitable for my husband.

Ten little, nine little, eight little Indians…

Why has it been so uniquely hard this time? After all, I have done this twice before? It was hard, I remember! Many tears have been shed over the loss of my two precious older offspring, Meghan and Mikey.   But this transition is undeniably worse. Certainly not because I love Joseph more than all the others. It just—is. Maybe the subtraction of children could justifiably be likened to the adding of children? Going from one child to two felt pretty “doable”. In fact, I managed it quite well. God knew that I needed a bigger family. Otherwise I would have been the most conceited, arrogant, prideful, condescending parent in the world. I had the perfect little family. One gorgeous girl and one beautiful boy—and then my third was born. Changing the whole ballgame. There was something about adding Joseph and subsequently less than two years later, Timmy, that left me decimated physically and humbled spiritually—praise our Lord in heaven! Interesting! Note to self; it would seem that Joseph is that sort of “trigger” child in our family mathematics.

Seven little, six little, five little Indians…

This morning, as I was drinking my coffee, I caught my little Havanese dog trying to sneak up the stairs. Having neglected to put up our doggie gate, I reached for him and said (because I talk to my dog as if he is a human child) in soft, high-pitched babytalk, “Marty, you bad boy! Don’t you go up there and bother the boys.” Boys—plural. There was that sneaky sniper of sorrow again. And he nailed me right in the gut. Where you have to stop—press your hand to your center—and take a deep labored breath. Oh yes, I remember, it is now only boy.

This is serious. Please don’t trivialize it. This is real grief. For twenty-five years I have been a mama. I have held my womb tenderly as each child caused my stomach to go from bump to a ball. A ball that I carried around twenty-four/seven the size of a beach ball and weight of a bowling ball (or maybe two). I have carefully potty-trained and packed lunches, worked puzzles and wept over spankings. Nothing can compare to the agony spilled out to God on your knees and on your face in prayer over their souls—little lives and big lives that have been my life. I make no apologies and I have no regrets. Maybe if I had invested myself heavily in a career, I wouldn’t be experiencing as much loss right now? I wouldn’t be losing as much of me? But my husband—my children—my home—ARE my vocation—my primary field of ministry.

Instructing my children in the things of the kingdom of God is my great passion. I can see in my mind’s eye, sitting Indian style on the floor opposite Meghan, as we memorized scriptures accompanied with elaborate hand motions out of a little book that I had purchased from the Christian bookstore. Hours and hours of Bible stories, Bible songs, teaching in Sunday school and VBS (okay, so maybe I’m romanticizing a little, or a lot, when it comes to Sunday school and VBS. I always enjoyed my children so much more than other people’s). Some of my favorite memories were the home-schooled years. I only managed to homeschool 4 years, but each year was an adventure. Sharing bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches with Meghan and Algebra in the park. Living at our own pace, without the demands of the hectic societal “systems.” When the cool air would finally set in, often the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla permeated our home and late in the afternoons. We would sit and have “tea-time”, which naturally included tea with cream and sugar, something home-baked and spiritual instruction through a book, radio program or sermon series. I can easily conjure up the images and sounds of all three boys, in assigned character, as we sit in a circle reading aloud the 17th century version of “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyon. What joy! What wealth!

Now the sniper lurks…

At church when I sit in “our” pew that used to be full and find these words on my tongue, “Sure—go ahead—there’s room.”

When I respond to the hostess at Cracker Barrel, “Table for two, please.”

When I no longer come home to cars lining the streets because the driveway is full.

When a house feels just like a house and not a home.

Four little, three little two little Indians…

One little Indian boy.

 

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