Secular Praise

Songfacts®:

  • This song features lyricist and arranger Van Dyke Parks on accordion, Benmont Tench of the Heartbreakers on organ, and veteran gospel group, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, on background vocals.
  • Schmit told Reuters that the recording of Expando was done by traditional means rather than exchanging email files. He said: "As corny as it sounds, I wanted to keep it as organic as possible. Everybody who did appear on the record came through my studio doors here." The Blind Boys of Alabama, for instance, showed up in their van singing along to a Schmit demo that was playing in their CD player.

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