Week 6: In the Garden
This week marks the half way point as we continue to journey through our first album ‘Trusting You’ and that brings us to another classic hymn, In The Garden. As much as we appreciate today’s contemporary music there is something to say about some of the classic songs from days gone by.
“Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”
The above scripture inspired C. Austin Miles to write, In the Garden. The Holy Spirit gave Miles the image of a woman in white bowing down before Jesus. He wrote down the lyrics as they came to him and soon added the tune. Although In The Garden was written in 1912, the words are timeless, spanning the generations, and are just as meaningful now as they were back then.
One of the reasons we chose to add In The Garden to this album was because, honestly, it was a favorite of several friends, and we loved the harmony. Our producer, Jeff Polen, had several really neat ideas, both voice and instrumental wise, that really helped make it a unique arrangement.
In The Garden
I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.
Refrain: And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
I'd stay in the garden with Him
Tho' the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go; thro' the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.
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