Echoes of Narnia

March 15, 2013 — 13 Comments

garrelsI just met an amazing new artist. Well, not literally.

I met him, figuratively speaking, through his innovative music. And, although he is “new” to me, he’s been recording for more than a decade. His name is Josh Garrels, and in a moment, I’ll introduce you to two examples of his lyrical poetry.

The reason I first checked out his work was because I received word that he is giving away his music! Amazing, isn’t it? Right now you can download any of his albums for free. However . . . oh, there’s a string attached, you’re thinking . . . he is requesting that you make a donation to aid the suffering in the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo. So there’s really no string at all, since it’s merely a suggestion, and the gift would be tax deductible anyway. The albums are free. Garrels doesn’t want a penny from us. But he does want us to consider aiding the 70 million struggling people of the Congo.

Despite the Congo being the eleventh largest country in the world, few Westerners follow the terrible news flowing from the wounded nation. For the next two weeks, one hundred percent of the “tips” received for Garrels’ albums will go to World Relief—for their work saving precious lives and bringing peace to the hopeless.

In listening to some of Garrels’ music, I was reminded of the versatility of C.S. Lewis, who wrote so skillfully in so many different genres. I’m not sure how to describe Garrels’ songs; perhaps they defy categorization. It’s not the music I typically listen to . . . but the depth of his lyrics have won me over. Consider the following two songs. I’ll share the lyrics here, and then offer links to each of them below. I encourage you to read the words first and then listen to the music.

“Slip Away”

Hold on, before I slip away

The flames gone dark, I am afraid

How strong is flesh and blood

I cannot can take back what I’ve done

To you, my sweetest friend

I betrayed you, I walked away again

Hold on, before I slip away

The flame’s gone dark, I am afraid

How strong is flesh and blood

I cannot take back what I’ve done

To you, my sweetest friend

I betrayed you, I walked away again

Now all that’s left, is what might have been

Please forgive me, before we reach the end

Please forgive me, before we reach the end

And—for a delightful tale composed in the spirit of Narnia, be sure to listen to “Rabbit and the Bear.” Much of its imagery is shared with the homeland of the Chronicles of Narnia, but it’s clearly the Bible that provides both “composers” with their strongest inspiration.

“Rabbit & the Bear”

Run, run so fast

Over fields and grass

At last, at last

We escaped from the trap

With the rabbit and the bear

And the sparrows of the air

Come one, come all

The hunter is gone

And this is our chance

To crawl under the wire

Through the darkest wood

On up to the mountain of fire

Where everything is free

In the light of the sun

Where every creature sings

Oh Lord, you rescued us all

Don’t listen to the snake

For he lies and he takes

Your hope, your faith

Away from you

But when the lion comes around

With his claw and his crown

Follow, follow

His every move

After you’ve listened to these two pieces, I encourage you to visit this site and download his albums—for free. And, if you feel so inclined, I add my voice to Garrels’ in encouraging you to support World Vision’s vital work in the Congo.

13 responses to Echoes of Narnia

  1. 

    Yes, both songs do seem to “echo” Narnia, but especially the last one, “The Rabbit & The Bear.” It has almost the same feeling to it as the scene in “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” in which Aslan, come to life again, romps with the children.

  2. 

    I’ve been a Josh Garrells fan for a while. Some nice links here.

  3. 

    I’d be curious to hear what you think of the album “Where Eyes Don’t Go”, by the Gray Havens. They have a free download as well, and describe their music as “narrative pop folk”. It’s flavored very strongly with Tolkien and Lewis.

  4. 

    Thanks for the heads-up. Hadn’t run across these guys. Nice to have lyrics that have meaning.

  5. 

    I LOVE Josh Garrels! I discovered him some time ago just because someone told me about a free album of his. Not one to pass up something free, I downloaded it and thought nothing of it for a while. Then, I decided to give it a listen. Wow. Now I love him and I’m so glad you’ve found out about him too! :D

    • 

      Also; thank you for telling me that all of his albums are free! I had no idea. I only have Love And War And The Sea In Between as of now. Soon to have more, though! If I had money, I’d donate it, but alas, I am a poor college student. Soon to be a musically fulfilled college student ;)

  6. 

    I’d never heard of him before. I’m now seeing if anyone has put his music to a slideshow on YouTube. Thanks!

  7. 

    Thanks for sharing this! Think I’ll share it with my friends now.

  8. 

    Reminds me of the song “Aslan’s on the Move” by David Baroni. We liked it so much at some CSL conference that we played it onto our answering machine–and then forgot all about it. Just checked and you can hear it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v03n5WQUA0

  9. 

    Wait a minute–that’s not it! I guess it wasn’t David Baroni after all–I gave you the link before I listened to it–and maybe “Aslan’s on the move” wasn’t the actual title, just some of the lyrics. There are several on YouTube with the same name (none of them the one we liked. . .)

  10. 

    Like you, I LOVE Josh Garrels’ music. I discovered it through a friend and am absolutely won over by his amazing music and profound lyrics. He is hands down my favorite artist of recent years. My husband and I heard he was coming to Vancouver, Canada and decided to fly out (from Manitoba!) to see him perform. Thank you for telling your readers about his free albums and support of such a worthy cause.

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