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Posted on Saturday, December 04, 2004 @ 08:15:18 UTC
Artist: Carolyn Vargas
CD: The Bride To The Bridegroom
Home: Honolulu, Hawaii
Quote: "There is an appropriate transcendent, ethereal beauty to the music on this CD."
By Ken Mowery
As the title clearly states, this CD is all about the intense love, passion, and devotion that a bride feels toward her bridegroom. To the un-initiated it may come as a surprise to learn that the beautiful songs which Carolyn Vargas has written and presented on this album actually describe the love relationship that exists between Jesus Christ and His Bride, the Church. Her songs look at that relationship from the perspective of the bride. They are love songs to Jesus.
The thematic mooring for The Bride To The Bridegroom comes from Revelation 19:7, which speaks of the return of Christ at the end of the age and the eternal uniting of Christ and His Church in Heaven. This event is described in that verse as “the marriage of the Lamb." It is the one event that all Christians have been anxiously anticipating since the Resurrection.
There is an appropriate transcendent, ethereal beauty to the music on this CD. This pleasing effect comes from Vargas’ superlatively soaring soprano and the mysteriously mystic arrangements which rely heavily upon piano, layered background vocals, lush string passages and judicious synthesizer accompaniments.
There is stylistic variety provided on the CD by songs such as the jazzy “Hero Of My Heart” and “Wedding Celebration,” which introduces a nice Celtic/world beat feel. The last two songs, “I Will Say The Words” and “I Love You,” are songs that could be easily adapted for use in congregational singing, especially in churches that tend toward more contemporary styles of worship.
Aside from the overall pleasant aesthetic of The Bride To The Bridegroom, there are some important and probing question raised by this project. What inspires a person to feel such deep and profound love toward Jesus Christ? Should everyone feel this way? Finding the answer to these questions is worth the price of the CD, but there is also much to appreciate and enjoy musically.
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