Mark Heard (Airborn 751005) 1975

 

 

How does one even begin to “review” one of Christian music’s greatest songwriters? Well let’s get the statistical stuff out first – this is Mark’s first solo effort after being involved in a high school band called Infinity Plus Three. Issued on a small custom label, this is actually the same album later released with the title On Turning To Dust. The original Airborn issue is extremely rare and features an entirely different cover, a drawing of a butterfly. It comes with a large folded lyric insert and is described on the back as a “collection of attitudes concerned with life in the framework of Biblical Christianity”. And so begins the journey of Christian music’s most poetic and insightful artist – and a legacy that would span ten plus albums (not counting a couple of greatest hits releases). The music here falls into the simple acoustic category, similar to Appalachian Melody. Mark plays guitars, piano, synthesizer, and hambone (?) and succeeds in capturing a calm, tranquil mood, with some knee-slappin’ hillbilly thrown in for good measure. A couple songs get a string quartet accompaniment and there are some brief synthesizer hymn interpretations. Lyrically very simple and straightforward. Later albums would mature both lyrically and in instrumental depth, but for peaceful inspiration this one’s impossible not to like. Re-issued on CD. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

Tracks:

Song # Song Title Time
01.On Turning To Dust
02.Dinner At Grandma's
03.Cabin In Gloryland
04.A Friend
05.Abba's Lullabye
06.Solid Rock
07.To Diane
08.Greensleeves
09.There Is A Fountain
10.Passion Chorale
11.All

 

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