Sunday, June 14, 2015

Farther Along // Josh Garrels (cover)

I realized this weekend why I've had so much fun recording music and making music videos these past few months.


I'm a natural alto. That's one step below those high-pitched sopranos. We've got the slightly lower voices. And most melody parts are better-suited for sopranos. So, for as long as I can remember, I've adjusted to singing harmony parts to their melody. And I've gotten really good at it.

And since I learned GarageBand back in January, I've been able--for the first time--to highlight that skill by singing both melody and harmony in a key that works for my range. And while, I realize this isn't the most exciting information to share, it matters to me. Because putting the pieces together has been...thrilling.

Because there's something about singing harmony that feels like double-dutch.
Or synchronized swimming.
Or putting the last piece in a puzzle.
Or dancing.

It's improvisation.
It's sensation.
It's listening to the rhythms.
It's adjustment.
It's taking notice to the nuances of the tune.
It's finding your role in a crowded place.
It's following someone else's lead.
And in the process making something more beautiful together than we could have possibly done on our own.

On Saturday afternoon, as I recorded this song, I vowed to do everything in one take.
One take recording guitar.
One take recording melody.
One take recording second melody.
One take recording harmony.

And it's the improv of that moment that's so thrilling that when I finished I was sweating. It's like tight rope walking. There's only one right note to sing and you have to find it on the fly, because it you don't, you'll know it. The whole song falls apart if you miss it.

But if you don't, it's beautiful.
And--in my humble opinion--this is beautiful.

Farther Along
by Josh Garrels

Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
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 ropes
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
And wash away all the things you’ve done
Forgiveness alright


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 levee and my bluff
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