I Can Only Imagine
A couple of weeks ago, my daughter Morgan and I were able to screen the new movie I Can Only Image, the story of Bart Millard. It was a very emotional day for me as I was able to hear in person many of the people involved in the movie including Dennis Quaid, the Evans brothers and Bart himself. This was one of my mother’s favorite songs that I had the privilege to perform with the Ricky Davis Band. The song was played at her funeral after her untimely death from pneumonia in 2003. Fortunately, I didn’t go through what Bart experienced growing up. I had great parents. My dad is still with us and still comes to the office everyday – he is in his 80’s.
Although this movie has a PG rating, anyone that grew up with or is currently in an abusive situation – beware as this could be brutal and personal to watch. So, be sure and take time to go see this movie in theaters. We need more movies like this with a message of redemption that doesn’t come across as hokey. I’m for sure gonna see it again in my local theater and take some with me.
Bart Millard (played by J. Michael Finley from Les Miserable on Broadway) wrote this title song in 1999. It went on to become the most played Christian song of all time when his group MercyMe released it as a lead single in 2001 on the Almost There album. Dennis Quaid plays Bart dad Arthur, an abusive, alcoholic dad in Greenville, Texas. After being left by his mother, Bart was alone to suffer from his father’s physical and mental beatings. After injuring his ankle playing football in high school, Bart ends up in choir class (taught by Prycilla Shriver) where he discovers his musical talent.
I’ll leave the rest of the story right here! You’ll just have to go see the movie to find out what happens. Lee