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In each episode of the Rhyme and Reason Podcast, Tony Funderburk shares how life makes sense. As an author of more than 20 books for adults and kids, and a songwriter with hundreds of songs to his credit, Tony wants to show you why you're important. Get some free words and music by jumping on the Rhyme and Reason Bandwagon at TonyFunderburk.com It's like a backstage pass to the secrets of eternal life.

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In each episode of the Rhyme and Reason Podcast, Tony Funderburk shares how life makes sense. As an author of more than 20 books for adults and kids, and a songwriter with hundreds of songs to his credit, Tony wants to show you why you're important. Get some free words and music by jumping on the Rhyme and Reason Bandwagon at TonyFunderburk.com It's like a backstage pass to the secrets of eternal life.

    Keep it on hold or go out and be bold

    Keep it on hold or go out and be bold

    What’s the “it” in “Keep It On Hold”

    I’m not really a “country” singer/songwriter. But back in 1992-93, I played one on TV. Well, not TV. But I sort of played one on stages. In Nashville. For what they called “songwriters in the round.” That’s where a group of songwriters take the stage and each one plays an original song. When each one completes a song, it circles back to the first and continues. It was usually for three songs each. And I actually enjoyed it. Plus, it helped me write a bunch of songs. One of them was called, “Keep It On Hold.”



    Nashville let me know I’m not a “country” singer/songwriter.

    It was a little comical to watch me participate during those songwriters in the round. At the beginning of the evening, there’d be about half a dozen of us taking the stage. Five people walking up with their guitars, cowboy hats, and boots. And me. Setting up my portable keyboard, wearing a multi-colored vest, jeans, and usually some bright yellow Converse sneakers. Or maybe pink, blue, or red. And my hair was very long, something that wasn’t “the norm” for country music at the time. (slightly before Billy Ray Cyrus)

    So, we’d all get set up. And the host of the evening would introduce us, one by one. As he did we’d sing our first song. And I can remember thinking, as the first couple of guitar players sang their songs, “Oh man. They’re not gonna like me.”

    But I gotta say…I was wrong. Audiences actually did like my songs. They weren’t the typical “country” songs. And yet, listeners seemed to enjoy them. I recall one time, when a songwriter behind me was introduced after my turn, how he mentioned me before he sang his song. He said something like…

    “I gotta tell you guys how much I just enjoyed Tony’s song. And I’m not even sure what key his song was in. But it was a nice change of pace.”

    Off the top of my head, I believe the song was in F sharp. But that’s beside the point. The point is…audiences liked my songs. Record companies and publishers, however, didn’t think they were “country enough.” When I’d go to my appointments on Music Row, I’d regularly hear things like…

    “Country audiences don’t want congas in their songs.” Or “Nice songs. But not for Nashville. You should go to California.”

    So, I thought I’d share one of those songs with you. The lyrics are below. And the song is on the Rhyme and Reason Podcast. You can judge for yourself. Is this song even remotely “country”? And see if you can tell what “it” is.

    Keep It On Hold

    I looked around and you; you broke my heart into

    Too many times you made me wonder what to do

    You rode your horses wild, wild flower-power child

    Child you would never let me spend my time with you

    You’ve got some good somewhere inside

    But you keep it on hold…you keep it on hold

    I might believe you if you tried

    But you keep it on hold…you keep it on hold

    What do you think you’ll do

    When it all comes down on you

    What do you think you’ll say

    At the time of the judgement day

    Who do you think you’ll see

    When you see things clearer

    And it’s only you and the mirror

    repeat chorus…inst

    You say you don’t need me; me and my sympathy

    Sympathy isn’t what my time is all about

    I almost have to laugh; laugh at your better half

    Half of the time your mind is struggling with the doubt

    (chorus…bridge…repeat chorus to end)

    © 1992 Tony Funderburk

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    Topsy turvy world where good and bad are swirled

    Topsy turvy world where good and bad are swirled

    Life in this topsy turvy world

    I wish the good people I know had all the great successes in life. And I wish the people who thumb their noses at God were the most miserable failures in the world. Yeah, I said it. (And on the Rhyme and Reason Podcast I’ll say it out loud) But since I don’t get to rule the whole world, I don’t get to decide how that works. And since God also isn’t currently ruling this world (Gasp!) life is very topsy turvy.



    It’s so annoying to see the foul-mouthed, obnoxious types gain huge audiences and build “businesses”. And then watch as awesome, caring, intelligent types struggle to build an audience. In spite of the fact they provide much needed products and services. And serve others respectfully and professionally.

    Why is the world so topsy turvy?

    Is it the culture? Education opportunities? Genetic predisposition? Nay. Nay. And nay nay. If it were only something like those problems, the upside down condition of life here on Earth could surely be solved with some of our millions of laws.

    And yet, there are so-called “leaders” in government who go by the title of “lawmakers”. And they continuously devise “laws” in an attempt to make the masses play nice. But the masses don’t even seem to know what nice is anymore. Much less play nice. So, we end up with a “survival of the fittest” world where bad is good and good is bad.

    Of course, none of that depressing news means good, hard-working, God-fearing people should lose heart. Quite the contrary. In fact, when you fit into that category, you’ve already won. You’ve won what’s truly important anyway. And that’s the eternal rewards. Every other kind of win, here on Earth, is so temporary. But acknowledging there’s a God…and that you’re not Him…and the Way He made for you…puts the everlasting mark in your W column.

    So, I wanna encourage all my Christian friends today.

    And I want you to remember, and never forget, you’re a winner. Because you’re able to make awesome decisions. Don’t let any setbacks define you. Remember, they’re temporary. But you’re eternal.

    Life is very temporary

    Here on planet Earth.

    If you ponder why you wander,

    Or what it’s all worth,

    Don’t be bitter, just consider

    Your alternative.

    Life is often rough and tough.

    But still…you got to live.

    And this is another key example of how life has Rhyme and Reason because God made you.

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    Don’t drink a cola up your nose or put a building on your toes

    Don’t drink a cola up your nose or put a building on your toes

    Don’t do these things

    “Don’t” is a book with a list of things not to do. The funny thing is…you can’t do these things. Even if you wanted to. There’s also a song about it (which you can hear in the Rhyme and Reason Podcast version of this post) and an illustrated downloadable version.



    “Don’t make mistakes unless you’re wrong.”

    A few years ago I was asked to play music for a party hosted by a local Christian school in a suburb of Denver. And the kids ranged, in age, from first grade to 12th grade. But the majority of kids who were there were probably 10 and under. So, I played a wide variety of music. But I started highlighting some of my goofy songs for the younger kids. When I got to my song, “Don’t”, I noticed a couple of little girls laughing. When I finished the song, I asked them what they were laughing at.

    “That was a funny song,” they said. “Would you play it again?”

    So, I started playing it, and they got a couple more of their friends to listen. And they all giggled as I sang the words. Then, a few more little kids saw the others laughing and came over. Before the song was finished, there were about a dozen kids laughing along to the words. Of course, I liked that. Because it showed me what worked for a certain age group.

    And that led to the book by the same name. I got myself some easy illustration software by FableVision, and created the drawings in the book. It shows the same silly looking character, on each page, doing what the book says not to do. Or he’s not doing what you’re not supposed to do. Or…well, you’ll have to get the book to see.

    Oh look…here it is, now…and be watching for the paperback on Amazon.



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    The heart of God renews the flawed

    The heart of God renews the flawed

    You came from the heart of God

    I’m sure there are a lot of people who couldn’t care less about the heart of God. After all, they don’t even believe He exists. Much less has a heart. And on a physical level, that’s sorta true. Because God is Spirit. So, He doesn’t have a physical heart. Wait…unless you count Jesus, too.



    I think, sometimes, even Christians forget how Jesus is God, the Son, who became a man. And that, from now on, He’ll be a man. That’s forever, by the way. Can you see how amazing and significant that is? You and I can only begin to understand what it means.

    The heart of God the Son is a physical sign of His enduring, tender mercies.

    Each day you get up, I encourage you to take at least a few seconds to remember how blessed you are. Every breath and every beat of your heart were bought and paid for. You and I are only here because of the unimaginable love flowing from our Creator. And I don’t know about you, but as I look back on my life, I can find plenty of reasons for God to turn His back on me. But He says He never will.

    So, I know I’m blessed beyond my ability to comprehend, deserve, or measure. And that lifts my spirit and places my hands on the keyboard of my computer each day. Just so I can offer my inadequate words of gratitude. Like this…

    The day begins while night remains

    A little while through window panes.

    The sun sneaks up into the skies

    And opens up resisting eyes.

    A coffee pot, with rhythmic sounds,

    Takes water and some coffee grounds,

    And turns them into morning words,

    While just outside the songs of birds

    Bounce off the trees into the air.

    The signs of grace are everywhere.

    So, as I write this message down,

    I want each verb and every noun

    To see, acknowledge, and applaud

    How life is from the heart of God.

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    Music pajamas mamas llamas and the Bahamas

    Music pajamas mamas llamas and the Bahamas

    Put on Your Music Pajamas

    There once was a little kid named Meep who didn’t like to sleep. He thought the whole world would disappear while his eyes were closed. Could a simple, silly pair of music pajamas change Meep’s mind about what happened when he closed his eyes?



    Music pajamas are just a continuation of infatuation.

    When I was a kid, I had a vivid imagination. I’d watch an old Superman TV show and imagine there must be some way to fly. If I could just figure out the magic combination. Maybe it was the cape. Or some sort of mental concentration. And while I was busy working out the details for flight, I was forgetting the whole bounce bullets off my chest thing. Oh well, I was a kid. What did I know?

    Something else that always got my mind in conjure mode was music. No one knew (but now you know) how much time I’d spend just pondering the wonders of the universe while listening to music. Especially during those long, hot summer days in rural Kansas. And I didn’t realize, at the time, I was forming the building blocks for my own songs to come one day.

    And one more thing I can remember, that ties in with this, is how much I loved getting new pajamas for Christmas. There was just nothing like the feel of new pajamas, after a bath, and climbing into clean sheets. Oh man, I could catch me some serious Z’s with that combination. But I still wouldn’t have guess I’d one day write a song about a special pair of pajamas. Or how I’d then publish a book about those magical PJ’s.

    Here’s a short excerpt from the book, “Music Pajamas”

    “Sure enough…a magical melody started playing. It sounded like butter and honey…no wait…it sounded like ice cream and cake…no wait…well, never mind…it was awesome. And Meep’s mom started singing to the tune…

    “It’s time…to let the daylight fly…away…but we don’t have to cry…because…another day will dawn real soon.”

    Get your downloadable here. It’s also available on Amazon. And be watching for the paperback version, and a bundle that’ll include the song, too.

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    • 10 min
    All across the universe random thoughts are sounding worse

    All across the universe random thoughts are sounding worse

    All across the universe

    The Beatles created a lot of enjoyable music. And a bunch of nonsense, too. I only bring it up because (randomly…or was it?) one of their songs came across my computer desktop today. “Across the Universe” from their “Let It Be” album. So, I read the lyrics and a little background about them. John Lennon wrote the words. And, as usual, he was mixed up.



    The universe isn’t random even if thoughts are.

    Here’s a few words from John Lennon’s song…

    “Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes

    They call me on and on across the universe

    Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box

    They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe”

    The “Let It Be” album music was recorded in the last couple of years in the sixties and released in 1970. So, there’s a high probability (pun somewhat intended) that John smoked a little wacky weed before he wrote the lyrics. I could be wrong, it’s just a hunch. Anyway, Lennon was influenced by all sorts of anti-God sources. And those sources of influence certainly included evolution and its proponents.

    Randomness flows from every line. And yet, somewhere from inside John, a sense of clarity rises up. And he sings, “Nothing’s gonna change my world” four times for the chorus. An absolute, resolute statement. But, in the randomness of chance universe, there are no absolutes. They’re mutually exclusive from the Creator God. And, unfortunately, that truth is lost on those who prefer self-serving philosophy over reality.

    So here’s my short lyrical portrait of the universe.

    All across the universe

    God’s fingerprints are found.

    Simplicity, complexity

    Reveal Him all around.

    Randomness did not create

    A single grain of sand.

    And logically and lovingly

    We’re here because God planned

    Humans who could be His friends,

    Enjoying all He made.

    Gigantic and invisible

    His thoughts toward us cascade.

    And, instead of doubt and fear,

    We really should immerse

    Ourselves in all His love we see

    Across the universe.

    © 2020 Tony Funderburk

    The universe holds an almost infinite amount of examples of how life has Rhyme and Reason because God made you,



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I've been enjoying each and every episode. Once I heard a few, I went back to the very first episode and played them each through. That's like 100 episodes, so I'm serious when I say these are fantastic! One of the most varied podcasts I listen to, out of 18 or so I regularly subscribe to. Rarely can someone sing, read prose, AND teach God's truths! But Tony does a perfect balance. I'm sort of a hardcore, black-and-white guy when it comes to Scripture and Tony helps soften me around the edges where my witness needs it without sacrificing one bit of the Sword of the Lord's effectiveness. Thank you Mr. Funderburk, I look forward to the next 100!

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