Thursday, July 18, 2019

Quote of the Day (Dion DiMucci, on God and the ‘Wonder and Awe and Mystery of Life’)

“By the time I was 20, I had 12 gold records on the wall, and I’d made a couple of million dollars, but I was empty. Something was missing. But when Christ came in to my life, I understood who he was – that God stepped in to history for a reason. When you open up to the wonder and awe and mystery of life, and find out that God is a reality, it fills you. It filled my heart, my mind and my spirit. I’ve never looked back. I thank God for what he did for me.”—Rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriter Dion DiMucci, on his conversion experience, quoted in Rory Fitzgerald, “The Rock Star Who Met Christ on a Jog,” The Christian Herald (U.K.), March 30, 2012

Today I celebrate Dion DiMucci, born 80 years ago today in The Bronx. He is best known for hits like “Teenager in Love,” “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” “Ruby, Ruby,” and “Abraham, Martin and John.” 

He could also take a song strongly associated with someone else—Tom Waits’ “The Heart of Saturday Night”—and make it all his own with an exultant doo-wop rendition.

Maybe some of the unrestrained joy displayed in the latter record resulted from Dion’s salvation from a harrowing heroin addiction. In any case, I’m sure his fans are celebrating the idea of the longevity of this Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer.

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