Rich Mullins, Mitch McVicker
reviewed ~ by suzan
successful in putting this review off for over three month's. How
can you adequately describe the essence of the power without absorbing
it at a very leisurely pace. Also, the concept of reviewing a compilation
credited to three authors, not knowing who, how or where they blended their
talents to this project at first is very intimidating. The story
is completely unfolded and revealed to you at http://www.kidbrothers.net/cotp.html
This is just a small paraphrasing on the story line to assist in the review.
The link above will give you greater depth. Symbols of the animals
and the relationship to the four Gospels is revealed there to perfection.
My prayer would be that you discover the wonder of this music yourself
and then share the gift of discovery.
Finally, deciding to not even think about those authors, the musical was attacked head on. Yeah I was clueless about St. Francis of the Assisi until a whole bunch of other Christian artists jumped on his trail, probably after being exposed to Canticle of the Plains. A site of interest on St. Francis is at link
Background on St. Francis of Assisi
Born in 1182 he enjoyed a very rich easy life growing up because of his father's wealth and the permissiveness of the times. He was described as loved, constantly happy, charming, and a born leader. God called him to repair His Church. Francis thought God meant a church, not THE Church. With the help of God, Francis grew to understand what God wanted from him, and he became a radical follower of Jesus as he did as God asked. Francis took three vow's; poverty, obedience and chastity. Everything comes from God, and we are just stewards of these gifts, and so Francis didn't try to abolish poverty, he tried to make it holy. Chastity vow meant loving as God does, purely without conditions. Obedience by putting all our trust in God as we follow Him. Obedience allows us to grow in faith, it gives us hope and love, everything else will fade away.
This musical is based on the life of Francis, but it is a parable set in the the 1800's after the civil war. The project is a treasure and God's hands were surely controlling it as much as He controlled St. Francis. As you experience this work of art, be prepared to glimpse His raining Gospel throughout as the message of hope, faith and love are imbedded in the music. Musically this is an architectural masterpiece with each song building the story gracefully.
"And You light the sun to lead me. Send the wind to be my guide. Just the wonder of this prairie, So lonely and so alive. And the song the moon is singin' With the rain and with the fire. Says there You are. There You are In front of me.."
This opening tune causes you to press the replay button because with the first few spins you still are awe struck by it's beauty and need to revisit it. It is a touch of excellence that you are firm in believing only the Creator inspired in the authors and then beamed with glee at having it mixed, harmonized and sung to perfection. God's fingerprints are all over this project and this stunning opener is hard to leave, but you must to get to the awaiting treasures.
I was pleasantly surprised by the impact of this ballad. At this point as each new track reveals such original qualities and subtle blend of vocals you are wondering where the video on this story is. The mastery of detail in each song leave you breathless as the authors continue to weave the Gospel in their story.
Loves As Strong So they are all planing to meet up in the land between the four sacred mountains. It's called Dineh Bekeya, and Frank and Ivory think they have made the place up but Lefty say's no it's for real. So they head there to meet Clare. Ivory declares he wishes he had someone waiting for him there also, and in the introduction to this song, Lefty tells him about a beautiful Navajo women he can have if he uses his money as a dowry. And so as they are traveling to meet Clare they run into the Navajo's and Ivory actually meets and instantly falls in love with the woman Lefty has told him about. His love; the beautiful women, represents the fourth Gospel Mark. The Navajo's are being chased by soldiers so Ivory gives back the money Lefty has given him so they can go back to a trading post and get supplies to fight and then sings this song to his new love. "Love's as strong as death my love. Unyielding as the grave. Relentless as the desert sun. And rivers cannot wash my love away. Lord, I won't let it wash away.." By the time you reach this ballad you have a better understanding of the essence of excellence that this whole musical has quietly engulfed you in. The cathedrals of solo vocals continue to rise majestically with each song and the foot hold of the plot unfolds for your enjoyment.
can not in anyway adequately describe the essence of magnificence displayed
in the lyrics, musically a wonder that is undisputedly God driven.
His message is planted in the authors as they worked on this project.
You will only feel the Gospel closer in the Bible. This is an extension
of His word put to music and to experience it is unbelievably and incomprehensible
to describe. Enjoy it, share it and grow in your relation with God.
Rating of this Album
drove this project and
to Heaven Top Rating Award
note: special request was made by Mitch to not include one of the co-writers, it is not an oversight that the name of one of the writers is not included in this article. It was done out of respect of the artists who have requested that. If you purchase this awesome musical you will get the third name. My prayers are with him, and may the Holy Spirit comfort him from the loss of his dearly departed friend. My Prayer is one day, he will be healed of that loss and allow his name to be added.
thanks to Mitch for granting permission to include the Canticle lyrics
on the Unofficial Site. I also thank him for reading this review
to verify the story paraphrase is accurate.
email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
obtained from mitch for sound/picture files used