Review of: HOPE IS ALIVE - Tom Frye
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Review of Hope is Alive - Tom Frye
Song: My Delight
The appetizer to this project, My Delight, flows through the soul gently. Listening to it is a good start to any day. The acoustic, electric guitar and instrumentation, are dancing with delight around the lyrics shared.
are made new every morning
Song: Lifter of My Head
A novel is unfolded in the lyrics of this beautiful ballad. Musical masterpiece instrumentally. Breathtaking guitar dancing melody.
rain falls down like missiles and drowns out all my hope
When a song becomes comfortable like a long known friend, there is satisfaction. This song while new to my soul, is now planted firmly within. The lyrics, and musical arrangement, sound very much like a group of friends jamming the joy of their soul to our beloved Lord.
grows to love You more, as I follow where You lead
on the song Revival:
Song: Go with God
This immediately reminded my of the famous Irish blessing. Tom's lyrics are a wonderful blessing to anyone. I will be sharing these lyrics with friends when their souls need comforting. This artist skillfully matches the right words with the right music. The results... amazing.
my wish, this is my hope for you
on the song Go with God
Song: Oh How I love Jesus
This public domain song by Frederick Whitfield, is beautifully delivered with friends Mike Milligan, Brad Layher, Mitch Mcvicker, Michael and Jeanne Anne Aukofer. The gorgeous melody carries the lyrics, and Mitch does a wonderful soft bgv on it.
a name I love to hear
Song: Show Me The Way
Songs that evolve from intimate conversations with God, are always a pleasure to witness. This song almost sounds unplugged, which makes it even more special. When music isn't over-produced to achieve marketability, it is a jewel found.
me to seek as hidden treasure,
Song: Edge of Grace
Fresh range of vocals on this great ballad. Each song on this album brings another road of musical journeys this artist is willing to travel on and share the experience. Listen to his walk and enjoy.
on the song Edge of Grace:
Song: Hope is Alive
Exquisite and tenderly delivered. Again masterfully produced with undertones of brilliance that bring this to the mountain tops of satisfaction.
Hope is alive, it laughs and it breathes
Song: Tears Like Rain
This song is co-written with Michael Aukofer. Everything Michael touches musically is magical. Michael is a gifted artist and producer who was part of the Rich Mullins in crowd. This duet with Emily Akins, has a comfortable country feel. The acoustic and electric guitar are as light as misty rain around the lyrics that deliver a wonderful story.
Tears fall like the rain, in the early spring
Tom: This is a little different song that what I usually write, most of the time I write about personal experience, or response to God. This one, which I wrote with Michael Aukofer, is a song about about how so many people struggle with the idea that anyone, especially the God of the Universe, could love them unconditionally. I think this is often the case, even in the Church (and I've come to realize even in my own life...so maybe this is written from personal experience after all.) Even those who have accepted Christ often live behind so many masks and walls without truly enjoying the freedom that can only be found in Christ. So the story line of the song is just about a women who has been so burned by men that she struggles to accept the love that Jesus offers, then finally giving in to this "Holy Hound" as Brennan Manning says, she feels the "peace she cannot measure".
Michael: I know Tom had started writing this one but hadn't gotten far. During our pre-production time we had a minute and remember asking him to talk to me about the song and the idea that he wanted to convey in the song. After listening to Tom's hope for the song we decided to spend a little of our pre-production time finishing writing this song. I don't remember who wrote what, but I do know that it was Tom's idea that we both worked to convey. It was a special treat to have Emily Akins vocals on the song--what a talent she has!-----AND Phil's guitar playing-- there is some talent displayed on the tracks of this song.
Admissions of being Broken.. but knowing that with Jesus, all is well. Sounds simple, but this artist delivers it humbly from the heart and again another great song is captured. The lyrics wrap tightly around the the music, like a treasured package. Enjoy.
on the song Broken:
Song: The Truth Remains
last.. nothing but joy in this project Hope is Alive. Sometimes a
project is put out to highlight a song or two, with other mediocre music
filling in the gaps nicely. This artist delivers excellence with
undertones, of pleasing God as his power of energy. Each track is
a solid stand-alone golden gift. Pick it up at his official
site and let it flow through you and brighten your day.
heard that joy comes in the morning
on the song The Truth Remains
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