This well-rounded collection (the first of Rob's work alone) deserves a hardy round of applause. It includes a rollicking, fun rendition of the West Indian tune "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy" and the popular "Spirit Friend" by Tom Colvin. For Epiphany, there's "O Star of Beauty." The communion song "Come and Eat this Living Bread" utilizes the familiar Gregorian chant refrain ADORO TE DEVOTE with a contemporary English text.
Many who have agonized over an appropriate song for the difficult Sunday reading Matthew 12:48 will be grateful for the spirited solution Rob brings forth with "Born from the Gospel." Its deft use of percussion is simple and crisp, and the effect of adult and child singing together is truly moving.