My daughter and I attended a Half-Handed Cloud show two nights ago in Atlanta. The venue was a house in the West End and the audience consisted of friends of the band and friends of friends. Half-Handed Cloud is a one-man band: John Ringhofer who hails from Berkley, CA. I got to know John while living in East TN and he’s pretty much the real deal, what you see is what you get. His friendly personality is infectious and you can tell that he loves what he does– but that doesn’t mean that he won’t surprise you, for instance, he did a “disappearing leg” trick for his audience after the show.
His music is rich in Biblical allusion and truth. Deep enough to soften the hard heart and light enough to make a young audience giggle (the strange noise you hear in his video clip below is that of a wind-up sheep toy perched on top of his keyboard). He sings about a wide range of topics from the Old and New Testament, for instance, his song, “Let’s Go Javelin'” is the account in Numbers 25 when one of the Israelite men brings home a woman of a different race, a man named Phinehas sees them and throws a spear “through the man .. and the woman through her belly.” This act pleases God so much that “the plague was stayed from the children of Israel”. Other songs are a bit lighter, for instance “We Don’t Know How It Grows” talks about sowing seeds into the Kingdom of God and He gives the increase.
He also sings a lot about Christ’s redemptive love, and His sacrifice for us. I think one of the songs that speaks to me the most is called, “These Crowns We Wear” from his album We Haven’t Just Been Told We Have Been Loved
When we’ve been dwelling long
On what we’ve done wrong
We forget what You’ve already done right
It escapes our sight
To know I just might
be a prince and you a princess yet
There’s these crowns we wear
heavy in our hair,
and they look like Wonder Woman’s jet
His latest album, released in 2010 is called Stowaways. Check it out.