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Mary J. Schoendorfer
Jeff Edwards
Wendy and George Sprock
Kathy Dean Melbourne
Gary Farnquist
Marge Blankenship
Chris G
Nancy
David Payton
Dwayne Gobin


 

 

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Memories Page 12

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I first saw Mylon & Broken Heart when they played Wright Auditorium at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, in the early '80's. I was totally blowed away both with the music and the intensity of his testimony about Jesus Christ. At the time I was part of a local Christian rock band called Life Lite. Just as the concert started I was surprised to hear someone exclaim "Man, they are rocking just like Life Lite!". From that concert on we decided to pattern ourselves as best we could after Broken Heart. Eventually we had the chance to see Mylon & Broken Heart three times, and opened for former guitarist David Payton once in Georgia and once in NC. Mylon and Broken Heart remain both my musical inspiration and my favorite band to this very day. My thanks and my prayers go with him always.

Charles Latham

Washington, NC

 

I became a Christian in 1983. I was overdosing on drugs in the floor of my dorm room. I was drowning in my own vomit. I had been raised in church so I called out to God. I knew that if he did not help me I would die a slow miserable death. After calling out to him, he spoke to me and said "I will save you but I want you to turn your life over to me completely". I said okay, I will. I was immediately able to set up and breath. I cupped my face in my hands and said out loud "Oh my God, what a trip. I thought I heard God". In 2 seconds, I was down on the floor again and God said "I am real and I want all or nothing". I got off the floor that day with a fire in my heart. I was totally sold out. I took all my music and threw it away and went down stairs to rummage through the lobby to find a Bible.

After that, I couldn't get enough of God's word. The first CD I purchased was Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. Morning Star is a song that I still sing when I worship God and enter into the Holy of Holies and bow down at His feet. Thank you for your ministry. It changed my life.

In Christ's Love,
Mary J. Schoendorfer

PS: The first time I saw you was in Bluefield, WV and your equipment wouldn't fit on stage!

 

My name is Jeff Edwards and I live in Marietta Ga. I was a teenager when I found the Lord at one of your concerts at Mt. Paron. You were an unbelievable influence on me in some of the most difficult years of my life! Your kind words backstage, your ministry, and most of all, your music! You personally helped guide me to the Lord and through the years, your music has stayed with me. I am now 46 years of age, I have been married to my best friend (Sally) for 16 years and I just want to say thank you!!! You are still "The Man"!!!

Love you brother,

Jeff Edwards

 

Mylon, and broken heart was one of the very first christian concerts i went to when i was in junior high school and i went with my youth group and he was performing in pittsburgh pa at soldiers and sailors memorial hall and that was in the mid 80's and boy was he good.  i have gotten probably all of his albums

Wendy and George Sprock

 
In the early 1980’s I had just become a Christian. I was watching Jim Bakker’s PTL Club on TV. Jim had Mylon’s grandmother on the show. In the middle of Jim’s interview with her, she announced that her grandson had returned to the fold and was sold out for Jesus!!! She was dressed very conservatively in what I thought was ‘old lady clothes’ with black shoes.

Lo and behold, she says that he consented to come on the show and here he is. The curtain parted and there was this ‘hard rocker’ with long, wild hair and black leather clothes, twanging on the guitar with his band mates!!!! I LOVED IT!!!

I was a young woman (32) and happy to see a little wildness for Jesus!!! Plus I was so touched by how very proud she was of him….hands clutched across her chest as she beamed at him. It was a beautiful moment!! I’ve never forgotten it.

Thanks for giving me a venue to write about this.
Kathy Dean Melbourne FL.
 

Hi! Love the site!!  In 1983 I was invited to attend a concert in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   I was young teen and a Christian but was never really into the Christian music scene and had recently discovered the Imperials and Petra.  Little did I know that night I would be introduced to Mylon & Broken Heart.  They came walking from the back of the auditorium with guitars a blazing as they took the stage.  As the saying goes first impressions usually make a lasting impression and here I am 30 years later telling you about it.  But that wasn't what impressed me most about Mylon. 

After the show he was standing up on the mezzanine and chatting with some of the fans who wanted to meet him.  I waited my turn because I wanted to get his autograph.  He took my magazine and proceeded to sign an illegible autograph followed by a clearly written "Jesus is Lord!"   He handed it back to me and asked me, "Do you know Him?" to which I responded yes and then he said, "Good I'm glad, take care little brother." 

I have never forgotten that short encounter and have been listening to his music ever since.  After the concert I went out and purchased the "More" LP which is still one of my favorites to this day.  "The Warrior” is my personal favorite Mylon song.  What a message of hope!  May God bless you and Mylon and all who read.

Gary Farnquist   
 

 
We had lost our 24 yr old son to cancer. The song “without him” continues to speak to how I feel about the Lord.
 
Thank you Mylon
 
Marge Blankenship

from Alaska

 
 
I was just sitting here this Sunday morning listening to Mylon on Spotfy as my cd's are currently packed away. I was searching for any of the great VHS concerts that may have made it to DVD and found your website. WHAT a great website thank you for that. 

Ok on to my two concert experiences.

The first time I saw Mylon was back home in New Orleans,he had one of
our local Allen Toussaint open for him. What a great double bill that was.This was on the Sheep In Wolves Clothing tour. Fantastic show and so many times you felt the Holy Spirit was there. Great band and his voice was as superb. Truly one of the greatest nights of my life. Sitting this morning reliving those songs gave me goosebumps and brought me right back to that night. 

The second time we took a trip from Slidell,La to Houston,TX for another great show, we had the weekend at Astroworld, highlight for me of course was knowing I was getting to see Mylon again. The amazing show we witnessed was started off with some guy I had never heard of walking up on stage with a yellow t-shirt on that said Rich Mullins, we are all looking at each other and saying WHO is this guy? Little did we know, but he blew me away to start the show,in fact I had to buy that first album soon as I returned home.

Next up was GLAD, truly an  amazing show from them, then Russ Taff, not a big fan but he had a great show. Then time for Mylon, now this would have been right as Look Up was coming out. Some different band members than I had seen him with before but still one awesome how. I remember buying a great t-shirt and button that night. Of course that shirt was worn out long ago and I know I wouldn't fit in it now even if I had it. Mylon if you see this years later I saw you preach in a church in Farmers Branch and spoke with you afterwards. I also still have a cassette of you preaching at Pastor Green's church back home in New Orleans that I pull out from time to time. GOD truly blessed us with all his talents. I still can step away awhile and then turn on his music and as this morning the goose bumps start again.

Praise the LORD for Mylon and all he has done!

Chris G

 
The most interesting part about reading the memories is that they are all post 1980. I know Mylon says he really starting walking the Christian way and turned himself over to Christ in 1980 but that does not diminish in any way the importance and strength of his early rock and roll music. It is his first record as a rock n roller from 1970 and the two that followed that have spoken to me through all of these decades. Those songs help bring my eyes and heart  back to Jesus if I stray and give me strength. I am a serious fan of all kinds of music but to me I am most struck by his 1970s music.

I know for him he was in a pit that grew deeper with the more drugs he used but the music and message was still good and solid :Sunday School Blues, Searching for Reality, Peace Begins Within, Hitchhike, Gospel Ship, Way maker, He's Not Just A Soldier (and his two great Dylan covers stand up as some of the best) are just some of the great and meaningful songs he has sung. I know my older brother would agree because he introduced me to Mylon's  music when I was a teen-ager in Greensboro, Georgia. My brother has been influenced by Mylon and writes beautiful songs about the love and forgiveness of Jesus.

I just bought Mylon's book, Live Forever and I love and respect that Mylon doesn't try to ignore that period of his life and seems very kind, thoughtful, and insightful about how to present it in the backdrop of his whole musical life. He is someone who seems to take the loving and forgiving approach and looks at his own shortcomings and relates them rather than first focusing on another's shortcomings. This is why I am now beginning to listen to his preaching. So, I sense that reading his book is the beginning of something new for me.

Nancy

 
I was honored to be the lead guitarist during the "meteoric rise" to the top of Contemporary Christian Music scene. We did hundreds of shows for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people.  It never got old.  It never got routine.  We literally prayed for every single person that ever heard us play.  It was a real ministry, not just a business. We got to share the stage and hang out with the biggest and the best, but that gangly kid on the 12th row was just as important to us as any celebrity or record company exec.  Actually more so. 

This band, as imperfect as we were, never lost sight of the incredible calling and responsibility God had laid on our shoulders.  Sure, we wanted to blow people away musically, and yes, even sell a lot of tickets & CDs.  But the number one thing that Broken Heart wanted was to lead people to the arms of Jesus.  We would much prefer that people leave our concerts saying, "Wow, Jesus is AMAZING!" than any accolades about us. 

Almost 30 years later, I can confidently say that Mylon & Broken Heart was trying most of all to be a groups of evangelists and preachers far more than Christian "rock stars".  Our music was just a tool to earn the respect and attention of our audience so we could clearly communicate the love of Christ with power and authority. 

I thank God for the opportunities we had as a band (ministry), and the many opportunities that I've had since leaving Broken Heart in my own ministries to lead thousands more to the Lord.  There is nothing in the universe more important!

I love you all!

David Payton
 
In April of 1988, I saw Mylon and Broken Heart at the Fox Theatre in Hutchinson, KS. The concert was sponsored by the Abundant Life Church. I had a blast and will never forget it!

Dwayne Gobin
 

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