Mitch McVicker can’t just claim Rich Mullins as the producer, or as a friend
the :Thanks You’s” but he needs to have him listed as his soul. It seems that
when Rich Mullins passed on he left one thing behind with Mitch, himself. As I
listen to this record it is amazing how much influence the late Mullins has had
On September 19,1997 Mitch’s life took an unexpected turn, Rich Mullins
Mitch McVicker were driving to a concert when their vehicle overturned, and
tragically, the world lost one of the greatest Christian musicians and man of God
we have ever known, Rich Mullins. The wreck left McVicker with a serious head
injury, internal injuries, and broken bones. He spent a month in the hospital and
is still recovering today.
Mitch’s latest release is actually a re-release of his 1998 self title
release. Produced by Rich Mullins and Mark Robertson, it contains songs that
are uplifting and inspiring..
The album starts off with a rock balled called Here and Now, a song that
the search for Christ isn’t very far. It moves right into a “Shawn Mullins-esque”
track called Take hold of me. Next are back to back songs including the piano
driven, She asked me how, that talks about taking every moment to change the
world. It moves into the song Freedom that is an ode to life that basically says
“to let me see the world through God’s eyes”
One of my favorite tracks has to be #6 The Lemonade Song, It is an acoustic
song that has a washboard, an acoustic guitar, a harmonica and an upright bass.
That type of arrangement shows the creativity throughout the whole project.
The song that has the biggest impact on the album has to the song that
co-written with Rich Mullins called “My Deliverer” It is a cover of the song that
Mullins’ band “The RagaMuffin Band” released back in July of 1998, which made
it to #1 on the CCM charts and garnered the 30th Annual Dove Award for song
of the year.
In his own words, Mitch says “the theme that runs though my music is that
love of God is stronger then anything else we will come up against”
If you are a past Rich Mullins fan, this is a definite addition to your collection.
J.J. Merrick is a staff writer for Cmcentral.net and resides with his goldfish
in Kansas City, Missouri.