What does that title evoke in your memory banks?
For me it is my old friend Stefano learning to play guitar. He started from scratch, and picked it up very rapidly. The famous riff from ‘Working Man’ by Rush and ‘Smoke on the Water’ by Deep Purple were two of his favourites, which he mastered quickly.
(No, he did not go on to become a famous guitarist, in case you are wondering.)
I’m not sure I’ve ever listened to the song, but I recognise the notes that make up the ‘riff.’
Having just googled the song, I now know it comes from the album Machine Head, and that it tells the story of part of the Montreux Casino burning down during a Frank Zappa concert, and them (Deep Purple) watching the fumes spreading across Lake Geneva. I never knew those things. But I know the riff.
‘God so loved the world.’ That’s a riff that most people have heard, and may know the bass line ‘John 3:16.’ You may know where you heard it first, and you, mostly being a Jesus-following audience, probably know the rest of the line, and you know the whole song. The whole story.
Paul told us wisely to always be prepared to sing the song when someone echoes the riff. He also was of the firm opinion that the melody should be playing in our hearts, and that it pervades the atmosphere around us. So we may provoke riffs to be shared.
So, get in the groove.
PS As I paused to look for a picture for the blog, the news has starting telling me that it is in Montreux that the Syrian groups are meeting tomorrow. Let’s hope for ‘Water on the Fire.’