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158. Are You Ready – David Meece

ARE YOU READY (1980)

David Meece

The term “classic” gets thrown around a lot, both here and elsewhere, when trying to discuss the world of music. Often it’s a term meant to designate a song that’s just really good, but it should be used to describe something with true lasting value. A song the remains viable and important decades later.

When one uses the latter, more significant definition, the number of truly “classic” songs becomes much more limited. Very few artists have ever truly written a “classic” song. But in 1980 one young singer-songwriter did just that.

David Meece was a popular late comer to the Jesus Music movement and is more closely associated with the burgeoning CCM world. His high pitched voice (think a Gibb brother) and stylized pop (think ABBA) made him a safe and family friendly CCM music star. Sometime after 1980’s “Are You Ready” the term would be superstar.

After 9 very strong pop (disco even) songs and great and memorable ballads came the albums finale, “We Are The Reason.” The song would become on of the most popular songs in CCM history and would easily rank in the Top 5 of all time classic songs.

There has yet to be a Christmas or Easter when the song is not reprised somewhere and some way. It really is a beautiful and well written song. Feeling a little like a Barry Manilow ballad with the key change and all, the song is dynamic and emotional. Starting slow and building into a great crescendo, it has struck a musical and emotional core for over three decades now.

Great song and closes a great album, the best in Meece’s career.

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  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    February 17, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Meece is far more Barry Manilow than ABBA.

    • low5point
      February 17, 2011 at 1:43 am

      Listen to cut number one from this album…and also the Counting the Cost album. The upbeat songs are total ABBA rips

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    February 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

    You’ll have to loan ’em to me : )

  3. Walter Shoup
    February 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    David Meece is my personal all time favorite singer. This is his all time best album. The songs on this album truly go to the heart of being a christian and what we look forward to.

  4. Brian
    February 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    He was the first live Christina performer I saw after accepting the LORD as SAVIOR.
    Saw him at Sea World.

    It was awesome and made me a Meece fan for life.

  5. Greenchili
    March 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I like this album but I always liked “7” and “Learning To Trust” better and “My Father’s Chair” is a great song musically in of itself. I always liked how he managed to add a classical element to alot of his songs. I’m not sure but you may be able to find this one available for sale on his web site.

    Sorry.. don’t see the Abba comparison at all..

  6. Dave H
    April 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I think David Meece as an artist in general is so under-appreciated regarding his role in Jesus Music/CCM. Primarily because he was a piano player, not a guitarist. He was so clean cut…had hooky pop tunes and ballads. Very safe but what a tremendous body of work (13 albums?). We Are The Reason, Gloria, Man With The Nail Scars, You Can Go. Tons of Top ten CCM hits. Yet when most folks talk of pioneers of Christian music he rarely gets a whisper.

  7. November 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

    As far as a good, solid, consistent record I’d have to say that I think “7” surpasses this one. There are nine songs on “7” and only 1 song (possibly 2 depending on if you count “Lean On Each Other” even though it was a hit!) is not a practically perfect song. There are hardly any others I can think of in CCM that are THAT consistent. D&K “Commander Sozo” only has 3 that aren’t nearly perfect, and here’s a curve-ball from left field (or Sweden depending on your perspective) – Sidewalk had a self-titled record in 1990 that had only 1 song out of 10 that wasn’t nearly perfect. In fact, the closest to perfect record I’ve ever heard even has one song that is a B and all the other 9 songs are an A but they’re not a Christian band. They are called Riverside and the record is called “One”. If you like the Ocean Blue you would LOVE that record…

  8. November 19, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Was just looking to see how easy it would be to look up the right “Riverside” and especially the right album “One”. It’s much harder than I anticipated so I’ll link their 2 YouTube videos just in case anyone else wants to hear what I consider to be the closest thing to a perfect record that I’ve ever heard.

    Waterfall – http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=lXf7GchP730

    Cinnamon Eyes – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8P8JgTbSms

    For some reason their follow-up “Taste” was just not very memorable at all, though you would describe the music using the same words, Strange…

    http://www.amazon.com/One-Riverside/dp/B000008K1L

    Yes, this is a David Meece post so I am sorry for straying so far off topic, but since I was talking about the perfect album in reference to David Meece’s “7”, it just might be appropriate.

  9. Tim
    March 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Learning To Trust is by far his most cohesive and accomplished album. Plus it deals with the healing he was going through at the time related to growing up with an alcoholic father, so there is more of an emotional punch on that album’s songs than on most of Meece’s other work. And I’m saying this as one who owns every album he ever put out. Are You Ready is a good album, but I doubt seriously if it would have made the Top 500 (or even a top 1000 if the next tier of albums were taken on) without the classic closing song. Overall I would say this is probably his 4th best album when taken as a whole. I’m curious whether D-Lo owns the Learning To Trust album.

  10. Greenchili
    June 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Just listened to this again recently. I always saw a more “Bee Gee” similarity. Especially with the songs “Peace In My Heart” and either “Just A Little More Time” or “Just Have A Little Talk”.

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