Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rich Mullins

It's so hard to believe that it has been over a decade since Christian artist Rich Mullins passed away in a motor vehicle crash. His music is so rich and wonderful. I found "Never Picture Perfect" here in the library and threw it in the player and listened to the whole thing. It sounded as fresh and current as anything new I'd heard, even though it was released in 1989, 20 (!!!!!!) years ago. Thankfully, no one has been trying to corral all his stuff, because there are wonderful You Tube videos of concert footage all over the place, plus covers and video collages, preserving his music. Of course, he burst on the scene with "Awesome God" back in 1988. "Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth" was his fourth album, but the first one to be really noted. I saw in a book edited by CCM that they nominated "Awesome God" to be the top song of 100 Greatest Songs of Christian Music. I may not agree with all their list, but "Awesome God" does belong at number one. Enough yapping. Music please.

Have you ever played the "What book/album/thing would you take onto a deserted island?" (A pre iPod game! Because now you'd just take your iPod with 1000 songs on it, so indulge this old person.) Rich Mullin's album "A Liturgy, A Legacy & a Ragamuffin Band" (1993) is one that I would take with me. Not a bad cut on the record. This one's called "The Color Green"

"Brother's Keeper" was released in 1995, and was the last "normal" album released by Rich Mullins. While the title cut is quite awesome, the second single, "Let Mercy Lead" is also very good. This is a video collage with some nice pictures and a good sound.

That's our trip down memory lane for today!

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