8th track from "Honeytree" (1973). Simply beautiful! A Brazilian-flavored folk-rock song that expresses joy and gratitude for the Lord's grace and forgiveness. It demonstrates Honeytree's first-rate songwriting ability as well as Phil Keaggy's masterful guitar playing. And for those of us old enough to remember, it evokes, by virtue of its folky style, the back-to-nature movement so ubiquitous during the late '60s and early '70s—rocks, trees, streams...miles and miles of refreshing nature in which to walk (they call it "forest bathing" now!) and talk with God. Talk about sustainability, this could go on forever...
Born Nancy Henigbaum, Nancy Honeytree ("Honeytree" being a translation of her family's German name) was raised in a family of professional classical musicians. As a teen she was drawn toward the hippie kids at her school, University of Iowa High School, eventually drifting into the drug culture. In 1970 she met some Jesus People at her sister's art school, and became one herself. After graduating, she worked at a youth ministry in Ft. Wayne, Indiana called "The Adam's Apple", a part of the Jesus movement, and it was during these years that she began to write songs about her new-found faith, recording her self-titled first album in 1973.
Billed simply as "Honeytree" most of her career—"My friends called me Honeytree when I was in high school, and it was a hippie name (like Moonbeam or Sunrise or something)...much easier than Henigbaum"—the singer's folk rock-soprano style was influenced by mainstream artists such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Judy Collins, but her lyrics were largely dealing with one's personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She continued recording throughout the 1970s and toured as a solo artist and with some of the best-known names of the Jesus Movement, such as Phil Keaggy, Mike Johnson, and Mike Warnke.
After marriage (1990) and family, she shifted gears once again and developed an international focus, ministering in Central America and Pakistan. A 2005 album, Call of the Harvest, featured a reunion with Phil Keaggy and was available in three different languages.
~Wikipedia and 100 Greatest CCM Albums of the '70s by Scott Bachmann http://greatest70salbums.blogspot.com/2014/05/84-honeytree-by-honeytree-1973.html
Also 100 Greatest CCM Albums of the ’70s by J.R. Miller https://honeytree.org/100-greatest-ccm-albums-of-the-70s-64-evergreen-by-honeytree-1975/
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