Dawning of the Day

The Dawning of the Day

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by Ronan Tynan
     
 
If any vocalist knows firsthand about the dawning of new days, it's Ronan Tynan. Not only did he reinvent himself as a singer in the midst of a promising medical career, but more recently, following the massive success of his work as a member of the Irish Tenors, he's struck out on a flourishing solo career

Overview

If any vocalist knows firsthand about the dawning of new days, it's Ronan Tynan. Not only did he reinvent himself as a singer in the midst of a promising medical career, but more recently, following the massive success of his work as a member of the Irish Tenors, he's struck out on a flourishing solo career that seems likely to transcend all of his prior triumphs. The Dawning of the Day builds on the style of his first solo disc for Decca, Ronan, leaving specifically Irish material behind in favor of a more universal -- if strongly faith-based -- set of inspirational songs. Whether singing a traditional hymn like "Faith of Our Fathers" or a new Vince Gill composition like "Go Rest High on That Mountain," his vocals are as expressive and persuasive as ever, while songs and lyrics by familiar contemporary Christian music figures such as Michael W. Smith ("Healing Rain") and Mary Fahl ("Going Home," plus the title track) sound like they're especially close to Tynan's heart, so impassioned is his singing. But for many listeners, the album's highlight will come at the end: Among Tynan's claims to fame are his performances of "God Bless America" at Yankee Stadium, and by repeating that song as the rousing climax here -- complete with final ringing high note -- he knocks one clear out off the ballpark.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
With Ronan Tynan having already overcome numerous obstacles and achieved commendable results, it should come as no surprise that the former Irish Tenor's latest release, The Dawning of the Day, is a collection of faith-based songs that have been particularly inspiring and important to the singer. Everything on the album, from the Vince Gill-penned "Go Rest High on That Mountain" (Gill also sings on Tynan's version of "Morning Has Broken") to "The Lord's Prayer" to the post-9/11 title song (whose words were written by Mary Fahl), strives to attain that kind of controlled intensity that accents Tynan's evocative voice so well. Because if nothing else, the singer is able to inflict emotion into anything he performs (not that anything titled "Be Still, My Soul" needs a lot of help with that anyway), trilling his Rs mightily on "God Bless America," weeping the Spanish lyrics of "Via Dolorosa," doing everything in his power (and that of his producers) to make his listeners feel the music as strongly as he apparently does. The songs are all religiously themed, some more overtly than others (the aforementioned "Via Dolorosa," for example, as well as "23," which quotes the famous Psalm), and some incorporate full orchestral scores while some stick with a simpler acoustic guitar and strings format, but all work to stimulate feeling in their audience. All of this, of course, means that the album can seem a bit overdone and affected, but its overall effect just depends on whether or not this is seen as a drawback. For fans of the Irish Tenors or Ronan Tynan, the answer will most likely be that it is not, which should make The Dawning of the Day thoroughly enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0602517038738
catalogNumber:
000733902
Rank:
93201

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronan Tynan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Lisa Bevill   Background Vocals
Steve Brewster   Drums
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Stephanie Hall   Background Vocals
Blair Masters   Piano,Keyboards
Rob Mathes   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Michael Mellett   Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Loops
Chance Scoggins   Background Vocals
Skip Cleavinger   Penny Whistle,uillean pipes
Michelle Swift   Background Vocals
Fiona Mellett   Background Vocals
Phillip Keveren   Piano
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer,Engineer
Michael W. Smith   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Billy Sprague   Composer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Niles Borop   Composer
Mary Fahl   Composer
Vince Gill   Composer
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
Tony Lander   Orchestral Arrangements
Carl Marsh   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Blair Masters   Programming
Rob Mathes   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Shawn Pelton   Loop
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Scott Krippayne   Composer
Alan Baylock   Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Glenn Patscha   Composer
Albert Hay Malotte   Composer
Steve Siler   Composer
Tony Woods   Composer
Eleanor Farjeon   Composer
Michael Joncas   Composer
Ronan Tynan   Producer
Traditional   Composer
William Lewis   Vocal Producer
Byron Isaacs   Composer
Fanny Gotschall   Art Direction
Phillip Keveren   Orchestral Arrangements
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Msgt John Bliss   Orchestral Arrangements
William Lewis   Audio Production

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Promoted as an inspirational CD, Ronan Tynan’s “The Dawning of the Day” truly reflects this definition. Although he recorded several religious songs that are inspiring, three songs tell stories of different journeys. “Mia Dolorosa” lets you experience Christ’s journey to Calvary. Through Ronan’s magnificent voice, you experience both the hatred and sorrow of Good Friday. With “Go Rest High on That Mountain”, you not only experience the love between a Father and his son, but the sorrow of death. The most important journey occurs as you listen to “The Dawning of the Day”. Written after September 11th, you experience that day through the eyes of one person who ran towards the Twin Towers his death and those of his men the sorrow of the family and a wish that the family will continue. Ronan’s presentation of this song will cause you to relive that day through the precious and powerful words, written in memory of loved ones lost. Ronan’s “The Dawning of the Day” CD would be an important addition to anyone’s CD collection as you will totally enjoy the songs, Ronan’s beautiful voice and the inspirational music. Eileen Geehan