Father Christopher Wilcock – Who Did You See - Catholic CD Review

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Who Did You See, marks Christopher Wilcock’s seventh collection of liturgical works and more than a 14-year partnership with OCP, a Catholic publishing and distribution company out of Portland, Oregon. The album was released in March 2008 and marketed toward Catholic youth and young adults featuring songs filled with World Youth Day 2008 themes.

While I would not categorically describe the sounds of Who Did You See as “Praise and Worship “or “Contemporary Christian”, styles typically popular with youth and young adults, the album does contain elements of both the traditional and contemporary throughout. The vocalists featured on the album are markedly classical, and much of the instrumentation and arranging reflects Wilcock’s history with orchestral music. Representing the contemporary genera, are driving drumbeats, electric guitars, contemporary piano lines, and colorful counter melodies backed with edgy harmonies.

Within the album listeners will find linguistic and as well as stylistic diversity including an international version of “Spirit-Power” featured at World Youth Day 2008 and “En Todo Amor,” a bilingual composition.

Who Did You See is a collection of thought-provoking lyrics and infectious melodies appropriate for use in multiple settings. In fact, as I listened to Who Did You See I couldn’t help but feel as if I were listening to a musical soundtrack, begging the question: Will OCP expand into musical theatre works for catholic parishes and schools? As we wait for the answer to that question, I would recommend Who Did You See as a source of music for the Church worldwide. To purchase Who Did You See and other works by Father Christopher Wilcock check out www.ocp.org/artists/549.

Reviewed by Billie Tarascio

Copyright 2009 Susan Bailey and Grapevine

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Susan Bailey is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times (Ave Maria Press), and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message (ACTA Publications), part of their Literary Portals to Prayer series. Along with her blogs Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion, Susan writes for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press.

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