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Don’t Be A Badfinger

There’s a radio station about sixty miles from where I live that lies upon the Cumberland Plateau.  It must be because of this that I can hear it where I live.  Normally I wouldn’t be able to hear a station that far away.

This station plays classic rock with a twist.  They don’t just play your normal Skynyrd, Zeppelin and music from that area.  No, you might hear any song from the 60’s, 70’s or  80’s on this station.  You can hear old Casey Kasum America’s Top 40’s on the weekends.  It’s a fun station when in the mood for some nostalgia.

One group that you are likely to hear fairly regularly is Badfinger.  When I first heard them on this station, it took me a while to decide who they were.  I wasn’t too familiar with them, though I was a bit familiar with their story.

Badfinger was the first band signed by Apple Records after the Beatles disbanded.  Sure enough, when you hear Badfinger, you hear all sorts of Beatles influence.  It’s almost as if Apple wanted to immediately fill the gap of losing the Beatles with a group just like them.  There’s just one problem.

There was only one Beatles.

Needless to say, Badfinger never reached the heights of the Beatles.  They had some hits, but they never affected or influenced culture, society or music the way the Beatles did.

At best, they were just a copy of the original.

That’s the problem with many of us.  We find or see something or someone successful and we try to copy them.

We see it all the time in the blogging world.  Too many of us see someone who has a huge following, so we try to be just like them.  I know this from personal experience.

It’s not just limited to blogging.  We can see it in the church as well.  We see someone who seems to have it together, so we think that’s who we should be in Christ.  Steve Taylor skewers this well in his famous song, I Want To Be A Clone.

The bottom line is that we need to be who we are.  We need to find who WE are in Christ and be ourselves.

We don’t want to be another Badfinger.

Have you ever found yourself copying someone else instead of being an original you?

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  1. March 12, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Well said Larry…..

  2. March 12, 2014 at 5:59 am

    “No matter what you want” you can find if you look hard enough. Unfortunately, seeing fakes is much easier than we think. I don’t want to be a clone.

  3. March 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I think this deserves an amen! We can learn from others but should always be ourselves.

    • March 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Similar to that relevant question you had the other day, Rob

  4. themarcuslusk@gmail.com
    March 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Sorry, but you obviously don’t know much about Badfinger. Pete Ham and Tom Evans’ work more than stands on its own merits. Among musicians they are certainly considered far more than a Beatles clone.Though if you read up on them, you may find their tragic story lends itself to other Christian messages. (For example,”Don’t be another Stan Polley.” Look it up.)

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