Yes, it’s liturgical. Songs like "Come, Taste and See," “Hold Us, Jesus,” and “Go Out to the World” will have your cantors, choirs, and assemblies raising their voices. Is this collection good for listening? You bet! “In Your Presence” is inspirational; “Can You See God” is convincing.
Some might say there’s a good deal of originality with a slight touch of cleverness in de Silva’s text writing. The verses for “Make a Joyful Noise,” for example, are taken from the Beatitudes, while the refrain draws its inspiration from Psalm 100—a skillful combination. The music is solid, yet fresh, with a contemporary sound. The melodies are memorable; you’ll come away humming the tunes.
We’re certain this new release will cross generational lines as well. Both the young and the not-so-young love the fine work Chris is doing at his parish, St. Brendan’s, in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. We have a feeling your whole parish family will love Chris’s compositions as well.
These new songs definitely deserve a listen, and for a very good reason. There’s a lot of “contemporary” music available these days that makes for great listening. But with de Silva there’s a difference—with de Silva, folks just can’t help but sing along.
This is Chris’s first collection with GIA, and we warmly welcome him to the GIA family.