by Edwin L. Carpenter, Editor - The Dove Foundation
Mondore Sings Her Heart Out On Incredible Inspirational DVD”, by Edwin L.
Carpenter, Editor, The Dove Foundation
River-lations is an inspirational DVD
which includes beautifully filmed nature scenes and the sweet voice of Patty
Mondore, who lives in New York with her husband Robert. They founded
which is both their company name and a website which features their DVDs, CDs,
and the books that Patty has written. River-lations is by far the best
nature and song DVD I have ever viewed and listened to. It is well made and
sprinkled with dashes of humor. The humorous interludes star a rascally
chipmunk. Patty spoke with The Dove Foundation and was elated regarding our
rating of her work in which we awarded her DVD five Doves, our highest quality
Patty: “We’re thrilled, we’re just delighted.
As you can tell we’re just giddy over the whole thing. It’s a lot of fun.”
Dove: “Patty, tell us about your background and
how you got started singing.”
Patty: “I don’t know if you’ve heard of
Houghton College. We used to think we were the sister college to Wheaton but
Wheaton never wanted to have much to do with us. We’re a Christian college in
upstate New York. I grew up in a Christian home most of my life and I ended up
going to Houghton College. I majored in, and received my degree in music. I also
got a masters degree in music, but what’s interesting is I had very little voice
training because I was a trumpet major and music education major. My second year
at Houghton I really re-dedicated my life to the Lord--I had this amazing
experience with the Lord.
“It was not my parent’s faith anymore, it was
my own. Everything kind of changed at that point. I started writing songs. Songs
became an expression of my faith. Every time God showed me something a song
would pop out. As hard as I tried I couldn’t get any lyrics out of the trumpet!
I had to sort of start singing and even without training I kept writing all
these songs. I noticed nobody famous wanted to sing them so I had to start
singing too. From that point on I’ve done some concerts in churches and coffee
houses, a couple of singing missions trips over to Austria.
There is a castle in the DVD and Patty wanted
to give us some background about it and how it played a role in her destiny.
“One of the places I sang was in that castle. My parents bought a camp up in the
Thousand Islands. It’s about an hour and a half north. It’s on the border of
Canada and upstate New York. We bought a camp up there and realized we were
going to be up there for the weekends so we needed to find a church. We read
this little ad in the paper that there was a castle, on an island, that was
having church services. We figured it was a cult and that we were going to go in
there and they would never find our bodies,” she laughed. “It turns out that the
people who own the castle were retired evangelists and were Moody Bible College
graduates. George Beverly Shea sang in their wedding. So they needed a piano
player one day and I sacrificially rose to the occasion and I started singing
and playing there for probably twenty years.”
The older couple decided eventually to put the
castle on the market and Patty joked that they needed to let potential buyers
know that it came with a singer and piano player! Her husband began filming
everywhere in the castle including secret passageways. His concern was that once
the castle sold the Christian history behind it would be forgotten so he chose
to film it as sort of a legacy. He and Patty worked on the results and made a
documentary of the castle and made it available on DVD. They began to pick up
some exposure in the area for having made the DVD. “It was what put us on the
map,” said Patty. Their wish to preserve the sixty years history of the
evangelism and services at the castle was fulfilled with this first DVD they
Dove: “So this first DVD launched your journey
into the world of making Christian inspirational DVDs?”
Patty: “The music videos have all been very
explicitly Christian in the lyrics and all, but we kind of earned the
credibility with the castle DVD. So we had a ready market and the stores would
take our music DVDs in there. So, they’ve done pretty well but we both have
full-time jobs to support our business. The owner of the castle, Mrs. Martin,
used to say that the million dollar castle is worth it if one person comes to
Christ. We kind of picked that up and even if we’re giving these things away on
street corners if somebody comes to Christ we’re thrilled.
“The new one (River-lations) is the
third one for us in the trilogy and when I think of everything we’ve ever done
it all kind of came together for us musically, with the film--we’re real
pleased. It’s probably our best quality one yet so we’re excited about that, we
kind of pray over them and have fun!”
first inspirational DVD the Mondores produced was Proclaim His Praise in the
Islands and the second was titled Heaven and Nature Sing. “Exactly
the same format,” said Patty. “We don’t have any chipmunk antics on the first
two!” She said they did have a chipmunk song on one of the earlier DVDs, the one
which made Hoover the Chipmunk famous. Hoover can be seen getting into mischief
in several interludes between songs on the River-lations and he provides
great comic relief. Patty joked that some people are more interested in talking
to her about Hoover than her songs or DVDs.
Patty has also authored several books and she
told us she writes a lot and, “Those are the ones which just happened to get
A trailer of the DVD was on YouTube before the
DVD release and Patty and Robert received a lot of kind remarks on it. Patty
told us her favorite scenes included Attack of the Killer Chipmunk (which
is quite humorous) and the ending with the moon and the scriptures fading into
it. “I loved that” she said.
Future plans include possible screenings of the
new River-lations DVD at churches, even as part of a summer movie night.
This is one DVD which many of our Dove readers would sure enjoy. If you enjoy
beautiful scenes of nature and great music, pick up a copy and relax for a bit.
Read Dove's Review of "River-lations"