I mentioned Josh Garrels‘ superb album Love & War & the Sea In Between a few weeks back, but I wanted to flag up one track in particular which has grown on me throughout that time.
The track is Ulysses, and it feels to me as though Garrels is working from Tennyson’s image of Ulysses, who concluded
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will,
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Josh Garrels’ Ulysses is a man sailing home for love, weary, bruised and tempted on all sides – different from the original, perhaps, but I like his perseverance and tenacity.
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