Interactive Sermon Exclusive pt. 2
In this, the second of five parts, the Two Poor Pastors address the concerns voiced by Fundamentalist Preacher Brother Book and others like him.
"The controversy began several years ago with our First Stryke world tour", begins Pastor Mike, pictured second from the left on the tour poster. "The whole thing was a tribute to early Christian rock - you know, the glam days."
"I've heard Brother Book. He's got it all wrong. We weren't wearing make-up. We'd been fasting. And, I'm not flashing gang signs, I'm showing off my fingernails - our record producers surprised us with a manicure that morning", suggests Pastor Darin, second from the right in the publicity shot. Mike added, "Book also said I was making a suggestive gesture with my lips. Everybody who knows rock-n-roll singing knows that if you suck on a lemon it clears your throat. That photographer didn't tell us he was shooting and I had just taken a hit on the lemon. It's clearly seen right there in my right hand." Darin concluded, "Hey, we love the Lord. We preached the gospel. We just did it in spandex in those days. But you outgrow spandex, you know, as I have. So now we do it in blue-jeans."Brother Book charges that The Two Poor Pastor's changed their band name to duck his, and others' criticisms. Darin and Mike denied this.
"Stryken was the four of us: me, Darin, Gadzooks and Flo. When Gadzooks gave up music for a career as a pre-school librarian, we were planning to go on as a threesome" said Mike. "Yea", agreed Darin, "his kazoo really added a lot to our sound, but we thought we could go on. And then when Flo died we knew the time had come to call it quits."
Harpist Floyd (Flo) Wise died in a tragic gardening accident while the band was conceptualizing it's follow up album 'Stryke Deux'. The album never happened. Stryken was stricken and Darin and Mike became the Two Poor Pastors.
How have they changed over the years? "Well, I don't wear spandex anymore, and Mike only wears his around the church office. He doesn't go out in public like that", said Darin. "Yea, and I am very careful not to eat lemons when anyone has a camera", added Mike. "Our love for the Lord is the same. I do think our music is a little heavier now, though."
And what would they say to those who have heard Brother Book's criticisms? "Come to the concert on March 31st. See for yourself and then decide."
The Two Poor Pastors will be in concert at Santos Dumont in Milford on Friday night March 31st. Opening the evening is Servants Heart, a couple of talented musicians who use the pseudo-name Servants Heart to avoid their real identities and reputations being in any way connected to the Two Poor Pastors. Doors open at 6AM at Santos. The concert will begin at 7:30PM.