LO'S PICK OF THE DAY - '"Change of Heart" by Jon Gibson
Originally featured on Inside MusiCast as my Pick of The Day
Longtime “Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)” artist Jon Gibson has created music for about 40 years. . . his way - his rules. Jon is the epitome of that West Coast / Blue-Eyed Soul sound. Considered early in his career as the “white Stevie Wonder,” Jon has proved over and over that he has always been the real deal.
This tune has that funky feel that is synonymous with 80's synth funk and soul. The message is clear, but delivered in a way that makes you want to get up a move yo'self, body and soul.
The personnel on this are definitely "A" list. On sax is Jon's longtime friend, jazz artist; Eric Marienthal, whose solo has that "Huey Lewis and The News" feel. My own long time friend, Tony Patler is playing on this as well. . . guitar and keys. Bob Somma is on guitar. You might remember Bob's work on Paula Abdul's 1988 release; "Forever Your Girl," and 80's funk group "General Kane" keyboardist; Tim Heintz, whom Tony Patler had also been a part of.
Being a native Californian, I feel that 80's West Coast vibe that was so prevalent then. And that's what Jon was all about as he's an Oakland man. He was and is a music innovator. So multi talented. Jon's music continues to inspire with words of hope in a world that can be filled with despair while giving the listener a reason to move and groove.
If you haven't heard the entire album, take the time to do it.
Love this album. I don't think there is a Jon Gibson tune that I've ever disliked. The guy has soul running through his veins.