CD Review: Changeless Sound (Dave, Duane & Neil)
To get the obvious out of the way first, Changing World . . . Unchanging Christ . . . Changeless Sound has to be one of the longest CD titles in a number of years. It was too long to fit in the title of the post, hence the abbreviation.
Dave Kyllonen, Duane Nicholson, and Neil Enloe started singing together fifty-five years ago as the Couriers. Though they went off the road twice since then—the first time in about 1980 after Duane Nicholson had some voice problems, and the second time when they retired early in the ’00s and handed the name to another generation—they started singing together again on a limited schedule several years ago.
In conversations with me and during concert dialog from stage, group members have indicated that this project will likely be their final release. But they aren’t going out solemnly or quietly. More on that in a moment.
The project mixes several Southern Gospel classics, several songs the Couriers cut before, and a handful of new songs. Dave Kyllonen wrote one new song for the project, “Jochebed,” and Neil Enloe contributed three new songs, “Euroclydon,” “Still Good News Today,” and “The Next Time I Get Married.”
“Euroclydon” is based on Acts 27:13. In the KJV, the mighty gale that caught the Apostle Paul’s ship is transliterated from the Greek, “euroclydon.” The song tells the story of the storm and offers a modern-day application. Its musical setting is as unique as the lyric; it’s set in a minor key, which Dave, Duane, and Neil sing in unison for the verses and portions of the chorus.
Back to the thought about going out with a bang. “The Next Time I Get Married” is probably the most unique song Neil Enloe has ever penned. The song is set up in live concerts with a comment that the song is directed to men, and that each of the members of the group have only been married once, each at or approaching fifty years of marriage. The song reminds Christian men that we will be part of the bride of Christ—and there is something irresistibly delightful about watching three men in their 70s, with twinkles in their eyes, sing “The Next Time I Get Married, boys, I’m gonna be the bride!”
Song list: It’s Such a Good Feelin’; I Stand Before Your Majesty; Happiness Is Following Jesus; He’ll Be There; Euroclydon; I Am the Word; Still Good News Today; The Next Time I Get Married; When it Hurts So Bad; Jochebed; Christ in Me; Dear Jesus, Abide With Me. Personnel list: Duane Nicholson, Neil Enloe, Dave Kyllonen. Review copy provided.