The Beauty of Dependence

Heidi Wheeler AlaskaBackpackers are a rare breed. Many people find the idea of endlessly schlepping fifty pounds over hills and valleys, sleeping on the ground, and having to go to the bathroom, well, not in a bathroom less than ideal. But we devotees know the truth: it’s all worth it. For every inconvenience imposed, there are countless gifts received, and to be in nature unencumbered by technology or a cluttered schedule opens the soul to receive them.

The heart of a backpacker beats with the same timbre of an artist’s. We’re both aware that beauty isn’t extraneous; it’s necessary. Beauty encountered will not leave us untouched; creation, song, word, and aesthetic are requisite to experience the fullness of the Divine Christ and usher in the Kingdom of God on earth.

Sometimes finding beauty is easy. After days immersed in a blanket of glowing sunshine, the scent of pine and moss percolating, and the sky’s constant movement, I sense God in a tangible way, and my soul comes alive with the joy and intimacy of it.

But sometimes finding beauty is not so easy.

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Tim Coons on Becoming, Recording, and Family

Tim Coons

We’re so excited about Becoming, the new release from Giants & Pilgrims, that we wanted to give you the full gamut of Tim Coons’ account of the creation of the album. He was kind enough to sit down and let us in on the process.

 FH: Giants & Pilgrims is the name of the concept—that you and your wife Betony are co-creators of art. It’s also the band’s name. How does this collective work? Are you the main band member and song-writer? Do you have musicians partner with you as needed based on the instrumentation? Or are there other musicians that are part of the band?

TC: We have a new tag-line! We’re trying it out this year. Giants & Pilgrims: A Marriage of Art & Music. So, yes, the idea of Giants & Pilgrims is that Betony is an artist, I’m a musician, and as a married couple we create projects together.

That being said, it’s also the name I’m under wherever I play music, band or no band—Betony or not. There are others who have definitely shaped the sound of the albums. Dave Wilton is a producer that has a huge influence on the feel and flavor of the music. Then I have friends like Brian and Mary Claxton, a married couple as well. They both play drums, but she also sings and does keys. So they are a powerhouse couple of musicians! Craig Basarich, on trumpet, also lends a distinct sound.

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Album Release: Becoming, by Giants & Pilgrims


Sitting alone on the floor of the empty living room in our new rental house, I found myself combing my computer—one of the only possessions I had at the moment—for a connection to something, someone. My husband, my kids, and I just experienced an unexpected whirlwind move to another state. We had thought our prior move was going to be final; we’d positioned ourselves close to family, had stable jobs, and were living “the good life.” In many ways, we had what we’d always thought we wanted, that we had arrived.

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