Review of The DayMaker by Sue Riley Pinch me, I'm dreaming....finally, at long last, it's really here...a NEW CD from Richard Mekdeci!!! I use Richard's songs continuously in my music ministry at Unity Church of Clearwater. I know that when I choose a song by Richard it will have a perfect Unity message, a catchy melody, and my minister will love the fact that it perfectly aligns with Unity principles. You are in for a treat with this CD! "Fine Line" is a fun hip-hop song with an affirmation (the "fine line") which is "Peace in our lifetime, one life at a time." We are encouraged to believe that peace, everyday peace, is possible, not just a pipe dream and that "together we can create a world that works for everyone." Each one of us can choose peace every day. "Who Could Ask For More" was chosen as the theme song for the Association of Unity Churches International "Look for the Good" campaign. It reminds us that we create the world we live in by what we choose to focus on. There are two wonderful prayer songs on The Daymaker, "This Prayer's for You", written by Rich Fagan, a Nashville hit songwriter, which was chosen as the theme song for Unity's "Silent Unity" prayer ministry. (You can see the touching video of this song on YouTube), and "Angels for Each Other" written by Richard and Cliff Rubin. "Angels" was chosen as the 2009 World Day of Prayer Theme Song. What you'll know is that the songs will touch your hearts and you will be reminded of the tremendous power of prayer. "The Way of God" is probably one of Richard's most requested songs. The chorus is a series of denials and affirmations claiming, "I am not weak, I am not helpless then affirming, "I am whole, I am worthy, I am the Way of God". I've used this song every Easter for the past few years. "Peace in Our Lifetime" is a lovely chant that can be performed as a round with your congregation or choir. It is a pure affirmation of our oneness and of the power we each have to bring about a peaceful world. Richard also includes a few secular type songs on this CD, including the heart warming song that he wrote for his new bride Paula, "Let's Make a Short Story Long". This is a classic wedding song about breaking the mold of the short and sweet relationships and committing to the full story that is created when two hearts meet and become one. All in all, this is a CD you will use and listen to over and over. I've heard many of these songs as they were being created and I am so excited to be getting the finished product. These are lovely arrangements, created by studio wizard Cliff Rubin, and many of the background vocals are by the amazing Faith Rivera. Rumor even has it that there is a songbook in the works. I guess I will be getting multiple copies since my copy will be living in my car and I won't be loaning it out! What lovely, empowering gifts CDs make, don't you think? Happy listening.