CD Review: Tim Menzies – His Way Of Loving Me

CD Review: Tim Menzies – His Way Of Loving Me

Tim MenziesSong List: “His Way Of Loving Me,” “I Was There,” “How You Make A Man,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “One Father To Another,” “I’m Working On A Building,” “Mama Knows,” “Lies The Devil Told Me,” “The Grandpa That I Know,” “I Surrender All”
Label: By Grace Records
Website: timmenzies.com
RATING: 5 Stars (on a scale of 1-5 Stars)

I’ve been listening to several new recordings in the past couple of weeks. Of all of them, I’m most excited to let you know about His Way Of Loving Me by Tim Menzies. The name may not be familiar to many Gospel music fans, but Menzies has worked behind the scenes in Nashville since the early 1980s as a guitar player and songwriter. (He is sometimes credited as Tim Mensy.)

When people ask me what makes a 5 Star CD in the future, I’m sure I’ll point to this one as a great example. First of all, have something unique to say. Secondly, say it unlike anyone has said it in the past. Thirdly, record a set of songs that make sense as a collection. Fourth, take care of the obvious basics like recording quality, singing on pitch, and so forth. And finally, if any songs on the CD have been recorded in the past, do them in a way that sounds consistent with the rest of the CD. Don’t copy the style of an earlier version.

Menzies is a storytelling singer. It’s not about clever hooks and rhymes with him. It’s about taking the time to creatively express a thought.

“I Was There” describes the concept of God’s omnipotence by listing a series of places down through history where God was present. It ends with a personal application. “How You Make A Man” similarly lists a series of basic things every boy needs to do in order to grow up and become a responsible adult male.

Menzies co-wrote a song called “Mama Knows” in 1980s with Tony Haselden. A group called Shenandoah singled it to radio where it became a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Country charts. Menzies’ version on His Way Of Loving Me features a wailing fiddle punctuating his vocal lines to set it apart from the Shenandoah arrangement.

In addition to his original songs, Menzies includes a few standard classics with unplugged accompaniment that allows his vocals to be at the center. Vocally, I hear a touch of Randy Travis in there, though not quite as twangy. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” never gets in a hurry. In fact, the medium-paced “I’m Working On A Building” is about as fast as it ever gets. You have time to drink in every word. “I Surrender All” is a hymn you’ve probably heard all of your life if you attend a traditional evangelical church. Menzies’ version is appropriately subdued, which fits right in with the rest of this CD.

If you like a traditional Country sound and can remember a time when the lyrics actually mattered, be sure to check out His Way Of Loving Me by Tim Menzies. You can thank me later.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. yankeegospelgirl
    Reply September 20, 14:02 #1 yankeegospelgirl

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this album.




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  2. lee65
    Reply September 22, 10:14 #2 lee65

    Great to hear this news!!! I’m a big fan ,I first heard him in the early 80’s with the country band Bandana and loved his solo work in the early 90’s. I never could understand why he never received a lot of airplay. There are several music videos of him on you tube from back then that are awesome, You still love me in My Dreams and stone By stone are my favorites. Can’t wait to get this CD!!!




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