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ChristOnLi : Is everyone ready to begin? ChristOnLi : Rich will be typing from an In-Store apperance in South Carolina. ChristOnLi : He is just finishing up with some fans.
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ChristOnLi : Let's all welcome Rich Mullins to Christianity Online and the Globe Auditorium. ChristOnLi : Rich, welcome we are glad to have you. ChristOnLi : Any opening remarks for us tonight?
RichMullin : Ive never done this before and I don't type RichMullin : or have a computer yet,,,, RichMullin : so RichMullin : here goes....
ChristOnLi : Well for not typing you're doing pretty good so far. ChristOnLi : Here is the first question. Question : When you you were a kid did your parents make you practice or did you want to on your own?
RichMullin : I wanted to....sort of RichMullin : I would just sit and jam. RichMullin : And they thought that I was practicing
Question : Who will you be touring with on the Brothers keeper tour?
RichMullin : Ragamuffin Band, is Ric Elias, Lee Lundgren, Beaker, Jimmy A, and Aaron Smith.... RichMullin : Mark Robertson, and Nicki Lundgren, and Beaker wife Julie. RichMullin : Who is Aiden's mother....
Question : Hey Rich! Your new CD is great! Could you comment on the meaning of the lyrics to the Question : song "Promenade"? Also, any plans on your tour to come to the North Florida area?
RichMullin : Promenade just a parable. About a guy who comes in contact RichMullin : with Christianity/life/music/goodness and is ah.... RichMullin : converted.
Question : Rich, you have often worked with Amy Grant. Is there a certain song that you bothhave Question : worked on that you prefer over others?
RichMullin : Every song that I have worked on with her I have preferred over others RichMullin : only my favorite Amy Grant song is........ RichMullin : Lead Me On.....which I only wish that I had written.... LOL
ChristOnLi : Here is a question from a songwriter... Question : how does one get original songs to people who might want them?
RichMullin : I think.... RichMullin : the people for whom your songs mean the most RichMullin : are people that you come in contact with everyday. RichMullin : And you should play your songs for them. This may not be the answer that you wanted... RichMullin : to hear...but ah...I don't know what else to say. Nashville is kind of over whelmed... RichMullin : with songs. And I dont know how to get them to listen to my songs.
ChristOnLi : Personal question? Question : Rich, this is dear old John of Bellbrook. Had any Skyline lately?
RichMullin : Ah! Yeh..... RichMullin : I had another friend of mine from Cinci. RichMullin : Make me some, in Colorado....
Question : Could you tell us a little bit about how your work on the Indian reservation is going?
RichMullin : I'm just getting acclimated.... RichMullin : there's alot new rules... RichMullin : to learn about how to be polite....etc. RichMullin : I'm enjoying the high value Navajo's place on listening but its hard when you talk as... RichMullin : much as I do.
Question : Hi Rich!! Your music has been a great influence in my life. I think you are you of the Question : best musician/song-writers of our time. How do you keep your faith in the Lord so strong?
RichMullin : Same way that everybody else does.... RichMullin : "Read your Bible pray everyday, and you'll grow grow grow." RichMullin : Just a little something that I learned in Sunday School.
Question : Rich, what do you feel about CCM artists trying to break into the pop music world, and is Question : that something you would be interested in doing?
RichMullin : I don't think about CCM artist that much......I have no interest in doing it. RichMullin : I want to be a teacher...
Question : Rich - any plans to put out a video for "brothers keeper" like the one you put out fot Question : "Liturgy"? I really like those videos!
RichMullin : Thanks, ah but we are not going to be doing any more video on this album.
RichMullin : I'm not as cute as I was on Liturgy.....LOL
Question : Which comes first, the words or the music?
RichMullin : First thing that I write is the accompaniment and then I just kinda hang a melody over RichMullin : the top of it.... RichMullin : and then... and then think of the lyric RichMullin : as subtitles for people who don't understand the melody.......:)
Question : What college do you go to and what is your major?
RichMullin : I just graduate.... RichMullin : from Friends Univ. RichMullin : with a music ed. degree. RichMullin : Friends is in Wichita, KS
Question : Rich thanks for your artistic talent in your music, and your lyrics that speak to our Question : soul. One ? .. what is your relationship to AIDAN in Let Mercy Lead. Keep the Faith
RichMullin : I'm Aidan's dad's best friend.... RichMullin : Aidan's dad is Beaker...... Julie's husband ;)
Question : Who's this Beaker guy, anyway? How did you guys meet?
RichMullin : Beaker is my best friend and ah....co-writer and RichMullin : we met when he was in the 7th grade. RichMullin : I was in College.... really!!! RichMullin : His youth pastor, RichMullin : was a friend of mine
Question : Is Rich's band with him?
RichMullin : Yes... RichMullin : No, not in this very room.... RichMullin : but, I think that they are in Greenville....I hope ? RichMullin : The first concert of the tour is in Greenville, SC but it will not be online.....
Question : Rich, when did you cut your hair?
RichMullin : A couple of years ago in Europe, because it was HOT!
Question : Rich: How has being on the Indian reservation affected your music? Trying anything new Question : musically?
RichMullin : Well.... RichMullin : Listening will certainly affect my music... RichMullin : and since I'm learning more about listening.... RichMullin : but I doubt that I'll be using any tom tom's........soon :)
Question : Who are some of your musical influences when you were growing up?
RichMullin : All the 70's/60's guys....... RichMullin : Stephen Stills, Cat Stevens, James Taylor, ah...... RichMullin : Blue Cheer...... the band that my mom hated....... RichMullin : ah..... RichMullin : Joni Mitchell, ah..... Carol King. RichMullin : Bob Dylan.... I love Bob Dylan, I just turned Mitch (a friend of mine who was born to late RichMullin : on to Bob Dylan and he just bought about 10 tapes of his.... that's a slight exaggeration. RichMullin : I never liked southern rock.... jazz...... ah.... RichMullin : or..... RichMullin : gospel. RichMullin : But just about everything else was great with me....
Question : Rich, which of your albums is your personal favorite?
RichMullin : Newest one.....it's always the newest one..... or the next one.
Question : Rich, whats the story about you quitting the music biz and becoming a missionary to Question : Indians-is this true?
RichMullin : LOL RichMullin : Lets see..... I moved to the reservation...... RichMullin : I hope to teach in a couple of different mission schools RichMullin : as a volunteer.... RichMullin : so..... I'll have to keep making music.... to support myself. RichMullin : Otherwise I'll have to get a job......:)
ChristOnLi : We have time for a couple more questions. Question : Mr Mullin.. St. Augustine FL here. I'm an aspiring Songwriter. How did you get intothe Question : field of Contemporary christin songwriting/playing?
RichMullin : In a former life....... RichMullin : I murdered a church organist.... RichMullin : and now I'm paying for my sins.......... RichMullin : Actually.... RichMullin : I love being a Christian musician. RichMullin : Started playing church music when I was in the first or second grade RichMullin : and just kept on playing. RichMullin : I'm no more a Christian musician now than I was back then RichMullin : I jsut RichMullin : I just make better money.....
ChristOnLi : Thanks for being with us tonight Rich, any final comments for the audience?
RichMullin : Hold on everyone.... RichMullin : Rich is going to type his finally comments or closing arguments..... ChristOnLi : Oh Lord be with us... RichMullin : I make an awefull typer but..... RichMullin : it,s very flattering to think that you guys are interested enough to wait for me to get th RichMullin : get these answer----how do you backspace? ChristOnLi : Thanks for joining us tonight everyone! Please drive home safely... RichMullin : answers typed out. I appreciate this all very much and i kind of feqr it. FEAR IT that RichMullin : is...... RichMullin : Nothing is more deadley for attention freaks than attention.... but, I will try to do RichMullin : something worthwhile with whqat (that,s "WHAT"} you,ve given me here. RichMullin : So, as I write on every autograph, I,ll just try to encourage you to "be God,s", RichMullin : and to know that He makes us His, and He does a good job of it--better than we can. RichMullin : It,s funny to me how little able i am to give accurate answers about myself--it,s scarey t RichMullin : scarey to think that people so often want me to give answers about God. Thanks for RichMullin : avoiding theological questions--I could only sound more stupider talking about all that RichMullin : than just merely going on and on about myself. I am sure that God is good, that God RichMullin : real, and that God is love... that life is a giflt and (with or without an extra "L" in it RichMullin : an adventure and wee all do the best we can, we,re all in this together and we're all RichMullin : weirdly alone too. Be thankful. That I guess is about all I can think of to say. OnlineHost : Copyright 1995 America Online, Inc.