Mile High Hymns Apr16

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Mile High Hymns

I got my hands on a copy of Denver and the Mile High Orchestra’s new project: Mile High Hymns. “Neener.”

dmho-hymnsYou won’t have to be jealous for long, because it’ll be available soon. Till then, let me entice you with some comments on the tracks:

“Great is Thy Faithfulness:” Remember that scene in The Blues Brothers movie where Cab Calloway and the band suddenly become the quintessential Big Band dressed all in white? That’s what this song reminds me of. “Victory in Jesus:” I grew up Catholic and never heard this song till Denver performed it. It rocks the house. “Holy, Holy, Holy:” Speaking of growing up Catholic: We droned this hymn every other week. It had whiskers. Till now. Now it bounces and swings.

 “I Saw the Light:” Yet another cool song I never got to sing growing up. I’ve heard a few very country-western versions of it, but DMHO puts their own horn spin on it. Give me funk anytime.

 “Amazing Grace:” Move over bagpipes, this is seriously jazzed up. “Blessed Assurance:” This original arrangement is from DMHO’s earlier project, Good to Go. Another song that has whiskers till Denver and the guys got hold of it.

 “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus:” Any other arrangement of this song takes a back seat to the DMHO version. Rocking the house part 2. “It is Well:” I prefer the live version, but this new take tweaks DMHO’s arrangement just enough to make it a new experience. You’ll never sit through a droning version of this song again. “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing:” Smoooooth jazz.

 “Solid Rock:” My favorite DMHO song of all time. Trumpets, saxophones, drums! Always has me singing at the top of my lungs in the car. “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name:” This is a repeat from their Live! It Up live CD/DVD. It’s a huge audience participation song when they perform it live, listening to the live version brings that fun back.

 It’s been a long wait for a new DMHO project. The anticipation’s been driving us to distraction. My conclusion: Mile High Hymns is one hundred percent worth the wait. Nobody rocks the worship like DMHO.