Introducing Josh Garrels

One of my favorite parts of my job is the collaboration with other musicians who share many of my interests. This often results in the discovery of new music or artists that I come to appreciate. Yesterday, one of our guitar instructors introduced me to the music of Josh Garrels, and now I have the privilege of passing that blessing on to you!

I’ve spent most of the last couple hours listening to Garrels’ music, and reading his poetic. While I haven’t yet listened to everything he’s ever recorded (though I might have by the end of the day!), two early favorites have definitely emerged.

The first, “Ulysses”, is from his newest album, Love & War & the Sea In Between, available as a free download from Bandcamp or Noisetrade. The song is based on the story of Odysseus (Ulysses is the Latinized version of that name) from Homer’s Odyssey. Lyrics are posted below this live acoustic performance:

I’m holding on to the hope that one day this could be made right.
I’ve been shipwrecked, and left for dead, and I have seen the darkest sights.
Everyone I’ve loved seems like a stranger in the night
But Oh my heart still burns, tells me to return, and search the fading light.

I’m sailing home to you I wont be long
By the light of moon I will press on
Until, I find, my love

Trouble has beset my ways, and wicked winds have blown
Sirens call my name, they say they’ll ease my pain, then break me on the stones
But true love is the burden that will carry me back home
Carry me with the, memories of the, beauty I have known

I’m sailing home to you I wont be long
By the light of moon I will press on

So tie me to the mast of this old ship and point me home
Before I lose the one I love, before my chance is gone
I want to hold, her in, my arms

This song, entitled “Words Remain”, is from the album Jacaranda, available here. I love the unique instrumentation!

Heaven and the earth will pass away
But your words all remain
And my hands are growing old
And weary with pain
Still I fold them to pray
To the one unchanged
Yesterday and today
Oh YHWH
I will try to stay awake
Take my last breath of faith
As I wait for you to come
Take me beyond
This land undone
Over the flood
By your word, spirit, and blood

It was prophesied long ago
Every word set in stone
Not one will pass away
Or walk alone
All that I own does not compare
To the love that we share
Please remember me
When the hour arrives
And you must decide
If you’ll wait for me to come
Take you beyond
This land undone
Over the flood
By my word, spirit, and blood

I love originality and creativity, particularly when it comes to creating art for the glory of God. When you can combine those things with classic Greek literature and God’s own Word, it’s certainly a winning combination in my book!

If you’d like to check out more of Josh Garrels’ work, take a look at his other two albums: Over Oceans and Lost Animals.

One comment on “Introducing Josh Garrels

  1. [...] Fall I posted an introduction to Josh Garrels, a singer/songwriter whose work I really enjoy. He’s currently doing a summer tour, and will [...]

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