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together working on a Choir album. We have so much
mutual respect for each other’s artistry. The creative
chemistry was as satisfying as ever.
CCM: What does the title of the new CD mean?
Hindalong: Burning Like the Midnight Sun is a celebration
of perseverance, unrelenting spiritual intensity. To me
this batch of songs is a humble reflection of enduring
friendships, marriage and faith. The Gospel is about
relationships, with God and with one another. The spirit
of truth is alive and the voice of mercy, of Christ, whispers
deep within our hearts.
CCM: What are your fondest memories of blazing the
trail for Christian alternative music throughout the
‘80s and ‘90s?
Hindalong: The counsel I frequently offer artists I produce
is, “make the record that you want to hear.’’ That’s what
we’ve done fairly consistently. I’m not sure we blazed any
trail. We certainly never knew where we were going. And
I’ve never accepted the label “Christian music,” “alternative”
or otherwise–-the “market place” be what it may. We
don’t have keen commercial instincts and hardly any
religious or ideological agendas. Yes, it is deeply gratifying
when individuals listen to our music and profess to being
inspired, motivated, consoled or enlightened. And I hope it
is because our songs ring true as honest reflections of who
we are—fellow wanderers in the wilderness.
Ever since the mid-1980s, the Dove Award winning/
Grammy nominated band The Choir’s been blazing
alternative rock trails while its members are amongst the
most sought after in the Christian music community and
beyond. Front man Derri Daugherty and drummer/lyricist
Steve Hindalong found additional fame with the City On
a Hill worship collective and The Lost Dogs, bassist Tim
Chandler’s balanced time in Daniel Amos and The Swirling
Eddies, guitarist Marc Byrd’s additional credits include
Common Children, GlassByrd, Hammock and City On a
Hill, while sax man Dan Michaels splits his time as the
senior vice president of marketing and promotions at INO
Records. Here’s more from Hindalong on the super group
of sorts, the group’s new disc Burning Like the Midnight Sun
(Galaxy21) and its lasting legacy.
CCM: How do you guys find the time to all get in the
same room together given everyone’s hectic schedules?
Hindalong: Well, it’s been five years since we made O How
the Mighty Have Fallen, so obviously, it doesn’t happen
that often. Indeed, we are all rather busy doing a variety
of things. You’ve gotta hustle to survive in this line of
work…We’re so fortunate to be making music after all
these years, so yeah, it felt great to be back in the studio
album: Burning Like the Midnight sun
Release Date: June 29, 2010
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