FRETTBUZZ BLOG 11_/1/2020____________________________________
Grandma Myhrr, the Beatles & A prophetic Word!!!
Walking to Salem, Oregon's,Englewood Elementary school, on Monday morning April 10, 1964,I can still remember seeing a couple of girls from my 4th grade class by the water fountain in Englewood park. These two girls were excited about something & talking & laughing a million miles a minute! Seeing me, they immediately asked, "Did you see The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show last night?"
I hadn't, & in fact had no idea what they were talking about... so trying to not sound totally clueless, I replied, How do you think they taught those bugs to do all those stupid tricks?" Obviously, I ended up proving myself totally clueless anyway , but by the end of that day I had discovered who the Beatles were & that they were going to be on Ed Sullivan again the next Sunday evening! Well, my life was changed & I promised myself that I would never miss them again! I'm pretty sure that I, in fact, didn't ever miss them again and along with pretty much the rest of my generation, I had definitely caught a chronic case of Beatlemania!!! Thus begun my life long interest in THE FAB FOUR, In music, & in the desire to learn how to play the guitar!
Fast forward to my grandmothers living room sometime later, I recall talking with her by her new, huge double manual Organ, Standing there, guitar in hand, I recall telling her, excitedly, about something musical I had just seen on TV! She just smiled at me & said,
"Steve, I'm going to believe that God will use your love for music in the church someday!"
- I remember feeling both amused & rather offended by my grandma's cluelessness and total lack of cool! Well, I continued to play guitar but never really considered it or music in general as a serious career option!
- Fast forward again to spring term of my freshman year in college at OCE in Monmouth, Oregon! Standing in the Kitchen of the apartment that I shared with my roommate Duane, A Christian & fellow guitar player that I had met the previous term. Duane had shortly before, shared with me the first contemporary Christian music I had ever heard and from that point on it was on our turntable, nearly nonstop! I recall, one day, Duane sharing with me that a great guitar player & friend of his named Ron was in town and coming by to say, "Hi!" I remembering meeting Ron Diller that Spring day in 1975 & being blown away by his guitar skills! Well, Nursing a shattered heart from having recently being dumped by the "love of my life!" I took advantage of an opportunity to move to Indiana to do a summer internship in youth ministry at an Indianapolis church! Upon my return from Indiana near the end of August, I immediately was invited to attend a Youth for Christ volunteer staff training retreat on the Oregon coast! Arriving at the coast I was soon to discover another campus life volunteer in training, Ron Diller! Ron & I got to know each other & spent most of the weekend hanging out & playing guitars together. Later that same week, back home in Salem, Oregon I got a call from Ron Diller inviting me to join a band called Radiance of which he had just become a member! A few days later I attended a Radiance rehearsal & immediately accepted the invitation to join the band! Shortly thereafter, Radiance had our first paying gig with youth for Christ at North Salem high school!
The next 5 to 6 years was basically my undergrad work in music ministry university! Sitting under the team leadership of band leader, Darrell Basom & the guitar & musical mentorship of Ronnie Lee Diller was life changing! Around 1980-81 Ron Diller & I decided to leave Radiance & go it alone as an acoustic duo! Soon after we recorded our debut album entitled. "Diller & Anderson" During the recording process we realized that we would like to have some piano & other keyboards on a couple of the tracks! Our friend & the studio owner, Duane Sheets, (yes, the same friend who had introduced Ron & I only a few years earlier was now a substitute music teacher in Salem! He recommended a talented Keyboardist & high school senior named Blair Masters! After meeting Blair, we invited him and he agreed to play on a few of our tracks! During the project a lasting friendship formed! Returning to the same studio in 1985 Diller & Anderson began laying tracks for our sophomore album entitled, Aggressive!, again joined by Blair Masters! As the project wrapped up we realized that the sound of Diller & Anderson, with Blair's substantial contributions had grown & changed considerably! At our invitation Blair agreed to join Ron & I as Diller & Anderson had only recently decided to go into full time music ministry! (add lunch w dad at Kwans kitchen) So Diller & Anderson, with the Band name firmly established in certain important circles, became a trio with the addition of Blair Masters and became, The Diller & Anderson Band!, Over the next three plus years in addition to writing & recording our third album, entitled, Young & Justified, The Diller & Anderson Band kept a busy concert & traveling schedule highlighted by 3 trips to Alaska where we served with Anchorage Youth for Christ, 3 California Gold Rush summer camps with Mid Valley Youth for Christ. Additional summer youth retreats including a YFC camp on South Padre Island, TX, and several ministry conferences with Luis Palau Ministries including one in the Quad Cities area of Iowa & Illinois. Additionally, we traveled much of Canada for the Christian & Missionary Alliance churches including a week at Canadian Bible College located in Regina SK. Our full time years also included multiple appearances at Jesus Northwest Christian Music Festival! In 1987 with growing families Blair determined the time had come to relocate to Nashville, TN where building on relationships built through the Diller & Anderson years Blair quickly began a successful career in music city USA!
The Diller & Anderson Band concluded our full time ministry years with a Christmas/ New Years 1988 trip to Montana visiting the kalispell & MIssoula areas with youth for Christ/Campus Life!
A few weeks later In January of 1988 Ron Diller returned to work for the sate of Oregon while remaining musically active as a solo acoustic guitar instrumentalist going on to record & released multiple instrumental album projects! That same month, Steve & his family having accepted a youth pastor position at Hope Center Covenant Church in Pleasant Hill, CA, relocated to the East Bay region of the greater San Francisco, CA Bay area!