You may have heard the news that the frontman/bassist of the Call, Michael Been, died of a massive heart attack last week in Belgium. Until his death, Been had been the techie behind the band The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, which featured his son Robert Levon Been.
Back in the day, the Call was one of my favorite bands, and Been was one of the few songwriters who wrote lyrics with which I could identify. He was also a great performer and bassist and had a powerful stage presence. We saw the Call perform many times.
The Call was one of the few bands which (at the time) eschewed the "Christian band" label, yet openly addressed Been's Oklahoma fundamentalist roots. Been ended up married to an ELCA pastorette, and played the Apostle John in the Last Temptation of Christ. I never could figure out where he landed, only that "Let the Day Begin" is a great articulation of the doctrine of vocation.
"I Still Believe" meant a lot to me back in those difficult days when I was giving up my fundamentalist past and embracing Reformed theology. While I don't miss the eighties electronics-dominated sound of the Call (give me the crunchy, raw sound of bands like the Black Keys), I'll listen to "Reconciled"--one of my ten desert island albums--at full blast today and relive a few moments of my past.