Song Story: God of Wonders
- Wednesday, August 20, 2003
The mixture of voices on the original recording is another aspect that Hindalong sees as powerful. "When people sing a song and interpret it a certain way, a song comes alive. The contrast of Mac Powell and Cliff Young trading off, and with Danielle [Young], really communicated that corporate community thing that was really the goal of City On A Hill. They were the perfect blend of voices."
The groundwork for "God of Wonders" was laid nearly 10 years ago, when Steve Hindalong produced the first two albums for Common Children, Marc Byrd's band. Ten years his senior, Steve became a mentor to Marc, and is amazed by how far the two have come.
"Marc is a real screamer and comes from an intense rock background, and I come from this whole folk thing, although I've had lots of variety," he describes. "So for Marc to get into worship music is really a change, and I think he's found a lot of joy and peace in it. He's very natural at it. Writing a song like 'God of Wonders' was new ground and opened a whole floodgate of creativity for him."
Byrd has written a number of well-known songs, including Third Day's "Show Me Your Glory," co-written with Mark Lee. Steve and Marc teamed again for "Holy Is Your Name," performed on by Bebo Norman and Caedmon's Call, as well "Sing Alleluia," both from the third City On A Hill project, as well as the number one Rebecca St. James cut "I Thank You."
"I think of 'God of Wonders' as an offering," says Hindalong. "It's an offering to people. The words are to God, the prayer is to God, but as far as the song, that's for people, to the body of believers. It's an offering-a humble offering."
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