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David Crowder Band – “How He Loves”

Looking forward to DCB’s new album, “Church Music”, coming out in September. This is their first single – John Mark McMillan’s “How He Loves”. I was never a huge fan of this song, simply because of the lyrical weirdness.

Any thoughts?


June 27, 2009 - Posted by | Music


  1. I like the minor changes they made to the lyrics. They dropped the ‘sloppy wet kiss’ line.

    Comment by Nick | June 27, 2009 | Reply

    • Did he say opera scene kiss?

      Comment by santahara | June 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. I am a huge fan of JMM’s version, and not really a fan of any of the covers that I’ve heard. Crowder’s is ok, but not nearly as good as the original in my opinion. And….I don’t get why everyone always leaves out the sloppy wet kiss line. It’s one of my favorite parts of the song, and of John Mark’s songwriting.

    Just my $.02

    Comment by justinjgood | June 27, 2009 | Reply

    • Good word, Justin. I tend to be a bit more ‘conservative’ in my lyrical choices. That’s why I have a hard time singing ‘like a sloppy wet kiss’. It just seems kind of gross to me God’s love is not gross. Just a personal preference.

      Comment by santahara | June 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. I think that Christian artist need to write their own stuff. Too many people cover other people. Does becoming a major artist mean you lose creativity? Or do they think they are better than everyone else and that they should perform every song on the planet because they are the best?

    I would love a response to that. It was all meant in a humorous way I promise.

    Comment by Benjamin Davis | June 27, 2009 | Reply

    • I think it is OK for artists to do occasional covers. It is actually very humbling because they are not getting royalties for it and they are giving awareness to a song they believe in, outside of themselves. David Crowder has proven himself as a great artist and decent songwriter. If all a band does is cover tunes, well, maybe they should get a new job.

      Comment by santahara | June 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. We’ve played it at church a few times and got comments good and bad. We decided to scrap it because the sloppy wet kiss part brought bad images and mase some people uncomfortable. I like the creative images in the song. I am interested in the changes DCB made. I thought about changing some parts so that we might continue to play it.
    I like when other bands cover songs sometimes. Some songs just come to life more when others sing them. Jesus Culture with Kim Walker and Chris Quilala sing a lot of other peoples songs but I find there music and the arrangements exciting and refreshing and a lot of times better than the original. There have been songs I’ve heard you sing, Dave, and it came to life more than the original artist. This isn’t really and answer or anything just another thought to throw out off of Ben’s.

    Comment by Craig Riggle | June 27, 2009 | Reply

    • I totally agree with you, Craig, on the Jesus Culture Music. I love their passion. They also do some great covers. Thanks for the comment.

      Comment by santahara | June 29, 2009 | Reply

  5. Having listened to the Kim Walker version a lot in the past 3 months, I would have to say that I think this song is better with the “live sound” as opposed to the produced, slick “studio sound”. The passion is what really makes this song for me and that’s why I like the live version and the “sloppy wet kiss” line since those both showcase that. The one thing that I do find annoying about the Kim Walker version though is the monologue towards the end but I guess if I want all the positives of a live recording I have to deal with the atmosphere specific parts as well…

    Comment by Aaron Hernley | June 28, 2009 | Reply

    • Live recordings are great, Aaron. My only complaint with them is that, at times, they can be so raw that they don’t have ‘staying’ power. It’s difficult to listen to for months and years to come. That’s what’s great about studio recordings. It’s more produced and, therefore, more pleasant, and the message of the song can endure a bit longer.

      I’m still a fan of well produced live music, though.

      Comment by santahara | June 29, 2009 | Reply

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