Timothy R. Smith: Today Is The Day

Reviewed by Rob Ayoub
by Jim Logue, Jr. | Source: GrapeVine - GVOnline.Net
Timothy R. Smith:  Today Is The DayTimothy R. Smith's CD, Today is the Day, clearly illustates Timothy's passion to help parishes and organizations respond to the Church's Apostolic call to evangelization.

Tim has over 90 musical compositions published by OCP. His songs combine traditional and contemporary musical idioms that are easily accessible to both listeners and worshiping assemblies. Some of Tim's well-known liturgical compositions include: Voice Of Christ, Give Me Ears To Listen, O Mother Of Jesus, and In Every Age.

Today is the Day is a great liturgical CD, combining some very contemporary sounds with congregation-friendly melodies. It is an Easter CD, there are songs of mission, of conversion and of our baptismal call to make disciples. There are a number of responsorial psalms (which are my personal favorite inspirations for Catholic music). Songs like Top of Your Voice are not only liturgically appropriate but are very accessible musically.

I like the mix of music on this album. It's a fresh approach to liturgical music, and I feel like we need more music like this; so, music ministers, pay attention! There are numerous new Psalm recordings that I find fresh and upbeat. Just one example of this is the psalm Lord You Have the Words, Psalm 16. This is a common psalm that is appropriate for many Sunday liturgies but one that I've always felt was lacking in the variety of settings available to ministers.

I don't want it to sound like music ministers are the only ones who should listen to this CD--I recommend it especially to music ministers because it is challenging to find the kind of contemporary Catholic music that is contained on this album. This album is solid album for listeners who are looking for liturgical music that conveys a strong Easter message. 

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Timothy R. Smith's website:  http://www.timothyrsmith.com

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