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Here is our first 15-song installment of the "tehillim" project. Volume one holds a unique acoustic and raw arrangement of these ancient Hebrew songs of public and personal worship.


released August 15, 2011

adam taylor, jamey cassell, peter guinta, jonathan guinta, tyler greer, bryan rouanzoin



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the garden variety Long Beach, California

The Garden Variety started over the question, "What would it look like to put the book of Psalms to music?" So here is our attempt, with the help of King David, to create a memorable listening experience of the psalter.

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Track Name: Psalm 1
Psalm 1

Oh the joys of those who do not follow
In the words of the wicked
Nor stand with the sinners
Or join with the mockers but
Delight in the law of the Lord

Those who delight in the law of the Lord
Who dwell upon its wisdom, day and night
They will be like a tree that’s rooted on a river
With leaves that never wither
Fruitful in everything they do

But not the wicked, they are worthless like the chaff
See how they scatter on the wind
At the time of judgment
They'll be far from the godly
For the path of the wicked leads to death

peter guinta
Track Name: Psalm 13
Psalm 13

How long oh Lord, will you forget me
How long will you, look the other way
Forever? Forever?
How long must i, struggle in my soul
With sorrows in my heart, every day
While my enemies they hold the upper hand

But i shall trust Your lovingkindness
For You've rescued me
i will sing unto the Lord
For He's good to me

Turn and answer me, oh Lord my God
Bring your light to my eyes, before i die
Forever? Forever?
Don't let my foes, boast at my fall
Or my enemies rejoice at my defeat

He is good and His love is never ending
For His word is true
He is good and His love is everlasting
His promise never fails

peter guinta, adam taylor
Track Name: Psalm 25
Psalm 25

To thee, oh Lord, I lift up my soul,
oh my God, in thee I shall trust
Do not let me be ashamed,
and do not let my enemies triumph over me
But shame will come upon
their treacherous cause

Make me know thy ways oh Lord,
and teach me all thy paths
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me Lord
For thou art the God of my salvation,
for thee, I shall wait all the day

Remember O Lord thy compassion,
and thy loving-kindnesses
They are as old as time
Do not remember my youthful sins;
in keeping with thy faithfulness
Consider thou me for thy goodness sake, oh Lord

Good and upright is the Lord
Therefore, he instructs
lowly sinners to righteous paths
He guides the humble along,
with justice, he leads their way
All the paths of God are steadfast love
to those who keep the decrees
and the testimonies of the covenant, Lord keep me!

For thy namesake oh Lord,
pardon my iniquities, for I know I am sinful man
Whoever shall fear you, Lord,
shall be shown which path to choose
He shall live a happy life
And his soul shall prosper well,
his children shall inherit
The land the Lord has set aside

adam taylor
Track Name: Psalm 8
Psalm 8

Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name thru the earth
Your glory, now is higher than the clouds and the heavens

You have taught the kids and the babies how
To speak of Your renown
And the song they sing, puts Your foes to shame
It takes their words away, when they say now

Glory allelujah
Glory allelujah
Glory allelujah to the Lamb

When I look at the night, and the beauty of the sky
Well, I see your fingerprint
The moon and the stars, You put them where they are
And it's all together good

What is man that you, should care for him
Or have him on Your mind
You gave him glory, and set his feet
Below the angels' seat, who are singing now

You gave him charge of every living part with all authority
The flocks and the herds, the fishes and the birds
Across the earth and sea

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is
The fullest of Your Name, as we're singing now

peter guinta
Track Name: Psalm 82
Psalm 82

God takes His stand in His Congregation
He judges in the midst of the rulers
How Long Will You Judge unjustly
And show partiality to the wicked, my God?

Vindicate the weak and the fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

They do not know nor do they understand;
They walk about in darkness;
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I said, "You are all gods,
All of you are sons of the Most High.
"Nevertheless you will die like men
And fall like any one of the princes."

Arise, O God, judge the earth! It is You who dost possess
All of the nations, all of the earth

adam taylor
Track Name: Psalm 23
Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd
I have all that I need
He lets me rest in meadows
Leads me by the streams
He renews my strength

He guides me in the right path
Honoring His name
Though I walk through valleys
I am not afraid
For You're close to me
Lord You're close to me

Your rod and staff bring comfort
As You protect me
When I see my enemies
You prepare a feast
You anoint my head
How my cup is blessed
In You I rest

Surely Your goodness and unfailing love
They will pursue me all of my days
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forevermore, forevermore, forevermore

jamey cassell, adam taylor, peter guinta
Track Name: Psalm 3
Psalm 3

Oh Lord, I have so many
So many enemies
Who are against me
Oh Lord, many are saying
You are away and
You'll never save me

But You O Lord are a shield around me
My glory and the one who holds my head up high
The Lord heard my cry
and He gave a reply
From His holy mount Zion

Though Lord, I lay down in sleep
I wake up in safety
For you protect me
So Lord, I’m not alarmed when
Ten thousand armed men
Fully surround me

Arise, o Lord,
Rescue me, my God
Strike the face of all my enemies
From You alone,
Comes the victory
May Your people, have Your every blessing

peter guinta
Track Name: Psalm 16
Psalm 16

Keep me safe within Your shelter
For I've come to You for refuge
I will call upon You, Master
All I have has come from you

Every good thing I have
Every good thing I am
Every good thing I lack
Comes from You

I delight to see the godly
Who are living in the land
Sorrow comes upon the people
Chasing after other gods
I refuse to join their worship
Or take their name upon my lips

I will bless the Lord who guides me
Even at night my heart
Knows the Lord is with me
So I'll not be moved

Lord You are my cup and portion
Watching over what is mine
There is blessing in boundaries
Where the Lord has set the lines

No wonder my heart is glad
My body rests in safety
You will not leave my soul
Or your holy one in the grave

You will show me the path of life
In Your presence is the fullest joy
I have found within Your right hand
Every pleasure forevermore

peter guinta, adam taylor
Track Name: Psalm 30
Psalm 30

I will extol thee Lord, for Thou has lifted me, and
Let not my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, my God, I cried to Thee for help: You healed me,
Saved my soul from the pit, and kept me alive.

Sing Praise to the Lord, all of you saints.
Give thanks in remembrance of His Holy Name,
For His anger lasts a moment of time,
But His favor lasts a lifetime.
Weeping may last the night, but joy comes with the morning light.

As for me, I said in my prosperity: ‘I shall not move’
O Lord by Thy Favor my mountain stands;

And when You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
To Thee, O Lord I called, to Thee I prayed.
What profit is there in my spilt blood?
Will the dust praise Thee?
God, be gracious to me.

For You have turned my mourning to dancing,
Taken my sorrow, and clothed me in gladness.
O that my soul may sing praise to Thee!
And may my voice not be silent.
Oh Lord, my God, I give thanks to you Forever.

adam taylor
Track Name: Psalm 26
Psalm 26

Vindicate me O Lord: I have walked without blame.
I have trusted in You. I have not faltered here.
Examine and try me; test my heart; test my mind;
For Thy Love blinds my eyes, and I have walked in Truth

I sit not with deceitful men
I walk not with pretenders
I Cant help hating their gatherings
I Strongly refuse to join in their wickedness

I shall wash my hands in innocence, declaring;
And I will go about Thine Altar, O Lord God.
I proclaim, and I sing with a voice of thanksgiving.
How I love Thy House, Lord, and where Thy Glory Dwells

Don’t take my soul along with sinners
Don’t count my life with men of bloodshed
In whose hand is a wicked plot
Whose right hand is full of bribes while casting lots

But as for me I shall walk in my integrity
Redeem me, Be gracious to me
My foot it stands on level sand
I bless the Lord in His congregation

adam taylor
Track Name: Psalm 137
Psalm 137

Beside the rivers of Babylon
We sat and wept for Jerusalem
Beside the rivers of Babylon
How we wept
How we wept

Our captors call for a song to sing
Our harps are hung in the poplar trees
You torment us for a song to sing
While we mourn
While we mourn

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
While we are here in a land not our own, no a land not our own?
How can we bring a song full of joy
While we are so far from home?

If I forget you Jerusalem
My fingers will wither and fall likes leaves
If I forget you Jerusalem
My tongue will shrivel and cease to speak
If I forget you Jerusalem
May I die, may I die

Babylon you will pay this
For every sin you have done to us
You will see your children crushed
And your babies dashed upon the rocks

peter guinta, jamey cassell
Track Name: Psalm 54
Psalm 54

Save me O God, by your name
Defend me with might and your strength
Listen to my prayer O God
Hear every cry from my mouth

My life under fire by outlaws
And those who care nothing for my God

But God is my help
He keeps me alive
God is my help
The Lord's on my side
God is my help
He keeps me alive
He's on my side

May the plans of my enemies
Be turned around against them
Do as you have promised me
Bring all my foes to their end
Willingly I sacrifice to you
I will praise the goodness of your name
For you've rescued me from all my troubles
And given me, your victory

jamey cassell, adam taylor, peter guinta
Track Name: Psalm 6
Psalm 6

Do not rebuke me oh Lord in Your anger
Or discipline me in Your wrath
Be merciful to me for I am so faint Lord
My bones are in agony

My soul is in anguish Lord
How long, how long oh Lord?

Return oh Lord and deliver me
And save me with Your steadfast love
For no one remembers You when they are dead
What good am I here in the grave?

I am worn out from my weeping and groaning
All night I flood my bed with tears
My vision is blurred and my eyes are worn out
From grief caused by enemies

Away from me all of you workers of evil
The Lord has heard all my weeping
He heard my cry, my plea for mercy
He has accepted my prayer

All my foes will be ashamed
Dismayed they will turn in disgrace

jamey cassell
Track Name: Psalm 19
Psalm 19

the heavens they are telling
of the God of glory;
the expanse is declaring
the work of my Gods hands.

day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.

they have no words to speak.
no sound is heard from them;
yet their voice covers all things
ringing over all the earth.

in them he has placed: tent for sun.
as a bridegroom comes from his chamber,
it rejoices as a strong man to run his course of the heavens;
rising from one side of the sky to the other end of them.
there is nothing hidden.

the law of the Lord is
perfect restoring my soul.
the testimony of the Lord is sure
making wise the simple.

the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightens the eyes..
the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring always
the judgments of the Lord are true, completely righteous.
they are more desirable that gold, much fine gold.
sweeter than honey, by them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

who can discern his own sin?
pardon my hidden faults
keep me, your servant from sins of presumption
let them not rule over me, then blameless i shall be
of darkness and lurking sins, i shall be free

let the words of my mouth and the language of my heart
be found beautiful in your sight, in your eyes.
O Lord, My God, and my redeemer!
O Lord, My Rock, and my redemption!

adam taylor
Track Name: Psalm 24
Psalm 24

The earth is all the Lord’s / And everything within it
The world and all its people / All belong to him
He laid the earth's foundation / On the seas expanse
Upon the ocean depths He / Made the world to rest

Who may climb the mount of the Lord?
Who may stand in His holy place?
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure
Who trust in no other or speak false words

They will have His blessing / Knowing God their savior
And when they come before You / They'll find you God of Jacob

Open up you ancient gates open up you ancient doors
And let the king of glory enter in
Who is the king of glory?
The Lord who's strong and mighty
The Lord who never loses in the fight
Open up you ancient gates open up you ancient doors
And let the king of glory enter in
Who is the king of glory?
The Lord of heavens armies
He is the king of glory, yes He is!

He is the king of glory, let Him in!

peter guinta