I’ve been a fan of Chris Rice‘s music for about 20 years. I think the first song of his I heard and liked was the “Cartoon Song,” but after that I really only listened to and appreciated his work with hymns. There were two albums that became part of my regular play list “The Living Room Sessions” and “Peace Like a River: A Hymns Project.”
Tonight, as I was looking for some music to listen to while I worked on some projects I came across a new project Chris Rice put out last spring … don’t know how I missed it. I listened to and enjoyed “Untitled Hymn: A Collection of Hymns” as I worked and appreciated the simplicity of the music and words.
As I listened to this album while doing the dishes after dinner and working on some projects at my desk, I couldn’t help but think about Sunday evening “church” as a child. I used to love going to the meeting house on Sunday evenings because it was less formal than on Sunday mornings, and every once and awhile we could request which songs we sung. Usually, if I remember correctly, we sang hymns, which I always enjoyed.
The music tonight also made me think about my dad. My dad loved hymns … singing them and listening to them. He appreciated Christ Rice as well. My dad would sometimes lead worship through singing at our church when I was growing up … probably led some of the request times on Sunday evenings as well. Sometimes, when I listen to certain songs, I can still hear him singing.
I’m grateful to God for music, and how music helps us connect to Him.