A great moment in the history of music, indeed of Western Civilization, has arrived. "Arise, Shine," the new CD from Dan Forrest, Jr., featuring some of his choral works, now is available. While I have not yet received my copy, I have heard snippets he has made available on his website.
I had not heard many of these compositions before, and when I heard them for the first time, I was stunned. As one who has sung and listened to the music of John Rutter for the past 25 years, I can say that Dan Forrest, Jr., is the American answer to Rutter. You simply have to hear this music to appreciate it.
On another note, our church choir sang Dan's "Hymn of Hope" yesterday, and it was a rousing success. Granted, we could not give the piece the same justice as the Bob Jones University choir has done, but nonetheless I was pleased with it, as it is a powerful piece of choral music.