MUSICAL INFLUENCES

The God’s Gardeners believed in the healing power of singing. They encouraged children to sing in their schools, and they incorporated music into all of their Saints’ Days and Festivals. Sometimes they sang unaccompanied, but sometimes they used instruments that they’d gleaned or constructed. They allowed themselves to use electric instruments, as long as the power for these came from solar.

In composing their hymns, they strove for melodies that could be sung by all. They turned away from harsh music, though they were eclectic in their tastes, as befitted the varied backgrounds of their members. Country and Western ballads, gospel, standard hymn tunes, twentieth-century jazz – many influences can be traced in their music. What they valued above all was the suitability of the hymn and the music for the Feast or Saint’s Day on which it was sung.