411. Wide-Eyed Wonder – The Choir


The Choir

From a purely poetic perspective, there is no finer lyricist in Christian Music, and possibly in music in general than the Chori’s Steve Hindalong. Talk to great songwriters like Terry Scott Taylor and Michael Roe and just see how quickly Steve’s name comes up.

Wide-Eyed Wonder is the most successful Choir album to date and received the most promotion, tour support, media response and radio airplay. It was also the album that new bassist, Robin Spurs appeared. She is an amazing musician and may be the only member of the band to have a song named after them, “Robin Had a Dream.”

But the success may also have had to do with this was easily the “happiest” Choir album to date, and possibly ever. The previous album, Chase the Kangaroo, was a much darker and often misunderstood project. Songs like Children in Time, Sad Face and Clouds all bore a darker and contemplative stamp. Guitarists/vocalist Derri Daugherty matched Hindalong’s more somber lyrics with equally somber music. Much was due to financial struggled and a miscarriage that was very discouraging and emotionally painful

But here we have one year later a band focused on new life, God’s grace and, dare I day, pure joy. The Hindalong’s had their first child after two miscarriages and their record company seemed significantly more focused on making them a major name in the industry. So the album is filled with song about fatherhood and family life. There is even a wonderful cover of George Harrison’s, “Behind That Locked Door.”

The title track is an acoustic gem that may still be the most memorable melody the band ever recorded. This song almost always brings a tear of joy to the reviewer as I look into the eyes of my own three daughters and recognize exactly what Hindalong was writing about.

A few  other note sof interest.  Mark Heard produced a few of the songs on the album. And the final cut (Car cont) may be the funniest thing The Choir has ever done!

  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    What I love about the song “Wide Eyed Wonder Girl” is Steve’s response vocal near the end. He has a total “lump in the throat” emotional quality that affects me every time I hear it.

  2. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the inclusion of the note about Mark Heard.. I did not know that one!

  3. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    On the new album, Burning Like the Midnight Sun, two members actually have songs named after them. “Mr. Chandler” and “Legend of Old man Byrd.”

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