As I had my music library on shuffle again the other day, another new series was born. How many times are great songs overlooked on a specific album because a much more popular song garnered all the attention.
Today, starts a new series titled Land of the Lost….Songs. It came to be when my music library decided to play Gold City’s “Midnight Cry” and “The Search Is Over” back to back. It just so happens both songs are found on the group’s award-winning 1987 recording, Movin’ Up.
Any long time listeners of Southern Gospel know the song “Midnight Cry”. Some may not realize it spent six months at #1 on the Singing News chart in 1988. It became the song of the year in 1988 as well. The song still seems as popular today, some 27 years later.
What I am about to say many readers will consider heresy, but after hearing both of those songs back to back that day, I believe “The Search Is Over” is a better song than “Midnight Cry”. Ronny Hinson and Mike Payne had come together several years earlier to pen one of the biggest Southern Gospel songs of the 1980’s with “When He Was On The Cross”. “The Search Is Over” happened to be another collab from this songwriting duo, that if not for “Midnight Cry”, could have been another big hit.
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