Sunday, April 20, 2014

Amy Grant - My Father's Eyes

Today (April 20th) marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of My Father's Eyes, the second album from the then-eighteen-year-old Christian singer Amy Grant. This 1979 release went to number 2 on the US Billboard Inspirational Album chart.

Side one opens with "Father's Eyes", a single which went to number 3 on the Christian-Radio Adult Contemporary chart. The song is about being remembered and judged by our deeds.

The light and airy second single "Faith Walkin' People" also did well on the CR-AC chart, reaching all the way to number 10.

"Always the Winner" features a lush string arrangement.

"Never Give You Up" is a song about complete devotion. This song could easily have been a crossover hit as one could easily view it as a simple love song.

"Bridegroom" has a march-like rhythm to its percussion and a Renaissance lightness to it thanks to the flute.

"Lay Down (The Burden of Your Heart)", a song about letting go of all the negatives in your life, closes the first half.

Side two begins with "You Were There". I could pick up a late 70's music influence on this one; it has a subtle disco beat.

"O Sacred Head" is Grant's take on the hymn written during the Middle Ages, later adapted to a German hymn by Paul Gerhardt in the 1600's and translated to English in 1752 by Anglican vicar John Gambold. I like that it is done in a choral style, backed only by the sound of a rainstorm in the background.

The introspective "All That I Need Is You" features a prominent piano accompaniment.

"Fairytale" is a song about crossing over from the time of childhood to young adulthood. It has a 70's soft rock sound, ala America, to it.

"Giggle" has a bouncy, rag-time rhythm to it. The lyrics are about ignoring those who ridicule others for their beliefs and actions.

"There Will Never Be Another" is a duet between Grant and Ava Aldridge.

The album closes with the one minute long "Keep It On Going". The backing vocal harmonies build with each passing. This seems like a fun little thing that came out of the studio session, tacking on as an epilogue for the record.

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