List-Skipping.

I have a list of artists to feature on here, and I will, in time. From well-established artists whom I’ve tracked down myself, to submissions from little-known and unsigned artists, I have a list to work through, and I promise you all, I will work through it.

Of course, having a collection of music that allows me to create a list has its own drawbacks. More on this in a paragraph or two.

However, despite the list, sometimes, a song swings out of left-field, and runs kicking and screaming to the head of the queue. It’s not often a song manages to do this – the last one was probably Greg Laswell’s Come Back Down – but when it does, it leaves a mark.

After listening to about 30 seconds of Josh Garrel’s “Farther Along”, I went and bought his 2011 album “Love & War & The Sea In Between”.

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However, remember a couple of short paragraphs ago (see how I did that? I should write a novel…) when I talked about the drawbacks of a music collection? Well, apparently, I also bought Josh Garrel’s album earlier this year. Or at the end of last year.

Who knows? Who cares, when 30 seconds of a song can make you fall in love with a musician’s voice, and make you buy his album (twice)?

And I give you that song – “Farther Along” – an organ-and-guitar beginning, almost hymnal, with Garrel’s unique, and completely stunning, voice entering at 22 seconds, starting with the chorus rather than a verse – a voice with a quiver that will send shivers down your spine – the song builds with a drumbeat, strummed guitar and extensive lyrics at just past the minute mark, and reveals itself to be religious; a song that deals with how overwhelming this world, this life can be, but with the right outlook, we’ll understand what happens. It just might take a while.

I’m not religious; barely spiritual. But still, this song, this voice, leaves me wistful and smiling.

Something tells me it’ll leave you the same.

Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
So, cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by

Tempted and tried, I wondered why
The good man died, the bad man thrives
And Jesus cries because he loves ’em both
We’re all cast-aways in need of rope
Hangin’ on by the last threads of our hope
In a house of mirrors full of smoke
Confusing illusions I’ve seen

Where did I go wrong, I sang along
To every chorus of the song
That the devil wrote like a piper at the gates
Leading mice and men down to their fates
But some will courageously escape
The seductive voice with a heart of faith
While walkin’ that line back home

So much more to life than we’ve been told
It’s full of beauty that will unfold
And shine like you struck gold my wayward son
That deadweight burden weighs a ton
Go down into the river and let it run
Wash away all the things you’ve done
Forgiveness alright

Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
So, cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by

Still I get hard pressed on every side
Between the rock and a compromise
Like the truth and pack of lies fightin’ for my soul
And I’ve got no place left go
‘Cause I got changed by what I’ve been shown
More glory than the world has known
Keeps me ramblin’ on

Skipping like a calf loosed from its stall
I’m free to love once and for all
And even when I fall I’ll get back up
For the joy that overflows my cup
Heaven filled me with more than enough
Broke down my levees and my bluffs
Let the flood wash me

And one day when the sky rolls back on us
Some rejoice and the others fuss
‘Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess
That the Son of God is forever blessed
His is the kingdom, we’re the guests
So put your voice up to the test
Sing Lord, come soon

Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
So, cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by

Josh Garrels – Farther Along

Buy “Love & War & The Sea In Between” here.

www: Josh Garrel’s official website, Facebook Page, Twitter, and MySpace.

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