Paris - Perennial: Songs For The Seasons Of Life
by Paul M. Carhart
Originally published in The Lighthouse Electronic
Twila Paris is a Christian music mainstay. It doesn't matter how
many new female artists arrive upon the Christian music scene, and
there have been plenty, Twila Paris seems to have a staying power
all her own. Nothing proves this better than her latest release,
Perennial: Songs For The Seasons Of Life.
of Paris' more pop-oriented projects such as Beyond A Dream
and Where I Stand will probably be a little disappointed
in Perennial. On the other hand, fans of Sanctuary
will most likely rejoice, for Paris has chosen to craft her
latest project as it's sequel. More accurately, the second in the
Sanctuary Series. Presumably, there are more to come.
by Paris and producer, Brown Bannister more for personal worship
than for corporate worship, Perennial shines on every track,
each song different in texture from the next and organic in nature.
Paris chose carefully for her material on this project, mixing new
songs with new renditions of some of her previous work and throwing
in a few hymns in for good measure.
album begins with a throbbing yet peaceful new Paris tune, "We Seek
His Face" and leads into a gentle rendition of Paris' classic, "Father
We Are Here." Newly recorded hymns on the project include an orchestral
rendition of "Come, Thou Fount Of Every Blessing", a simple acoustic-styled
"Be Thou My Vision", the Celtic-themed "Amazing Grace" and a flawlessly
smooth "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder." The entire project winds
up with the new Paris instrumental composition, "Perennial," which
seems to somehow summarize the entire project without resorting
to using a single word. Classical in nature, "Perennial" begins
with soft and simple strains and somehow finds itself building into
an anthem, coming back down to a soft theme just before it ends.
crystal clear voice is in fine form for this project and she puts
it to good use, singing many of her own background vocals with seamless
perfection in addition to her usual pristine lead vocal performance.
entire project is laced with both full orchestra and string quartet
arrangements as well as a full choir and a boys choir. Instrumentally,
acoustic guitar and piano are the most prevalent. Despite the different
origins of the songs on the album (new Paris songs, new versions
of older Paris songs, and old hymns recorded in a new way) the execution
of Paris' vision for an album that can be used for personal worship
pulls it all together into one unified package, each song peacefully
transcending into the next.
you're zooming down the freeway on an evening road trip, you might
want to put in some Eric Champion to stay awake. But if you're gathering
yourself together for some personal worship early in the morning
before you go to work or right at sunset while unwinding with the
Lord after a long day at work, you can't go wrong with Perennial.
live the Sanctuary Series.