Sunday Jubilee Time: In the Garden


I’ve always thought this was kind of a schmaltzy tune, of the genre younger evangelicals call “Jesus-is-my-boyfriend.”

Like this:

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I mean, we all love Elvis, but some of us spiritually shy folks want to avert our eyes.

Well, according to the author, C. Austin Miles, it’s supposed to be like that — sweet, soft and sentimental, a caress when you’re feeling low.

Now, Mahalia Jackson puts some muscle and dignity into it:

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But the version that I most wanted to show you, that redeems this song for me and turns it into a gorgeous gospel party, is not to be found online. It is “In the Garden” by the Original Five Blind Boys of Alabama, on their album “The Sermon.”

Album cover:

You can get your own copy from Amazon for 99c.
Also iTunes — it’s the last track on the page.
And TradeBit, and many other places.


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