New Music Review: “Cynic Heart”

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

Hopkins Rick song cvr Cynic HeartLocal singer-songwriter Rick Hopkins tells his story of overcoming cynicism with his new song "Cynic Heart."

"I wrote this song on the back end of a period of deep cynicism and anger," said Hopkins from his home in Saranac east of Lowell.

"Thinking that the Church might not be worth being a part of, I was deciding whether I wanted to stick with it or not," admitted the father of four.

But his new church in his local community lifted the veil on the "bride of Christ" and put him back on the mend – on the way to beating back the forces of cynicism.

"It is the body of Christ supporting, holding up and building up each other," he said of his discovery of the true nature of the church.

The lyrics directly address his heart of cynicism. "You have stolen all my joy
and blurred my vision," Hopkins sings.

Finally, grace broke through: "A mercy came at last, in a vision of a bride in her wedding dress, now I'm wishing that you'd die a deserved death..." he retorts.

A cynical heart was made new.

The acoustic song was produced by Andy Ferris, and is available via

Hopkins, who already has three CDs in his catalog, has another new song, "Backward Heaven," prompted by his experience as a foster parent who is adopting a daughter named Nevaeh ("Heaven" spelled backwards). That song is also available via the bandcamp site.

The artist said he hopes to include both songs on his next CD project.

Just the Facts:

Artist: Rick Hopkins
Song: “Cynic Heart”
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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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