Image: Stained glass window at Esholt by Tim Green
Martin Scorsese’s film The Last Temptation of Christ caused quite a stir when it debuted in 1988. I was sixteen back then, although my opportunity to watch it came much later in life. I recall hearing how the film depicted Jesus as a married man, a notion that seemed unthinkable. I felt an odd sense of curiosity and fear. Was this the work of the devil?
Now, at the age of forty-four, I know this was not the devil’s work. I also know the notion of Jesus as a man who married and even had children has been around for quite some time. The film, in my opinion, is an extraordinary work of art. The music Peter Gabriel created for the film is equally wonderful and is truly one of my favorite soundtracks. With This Love, the twelfth track from the album, is a profoundly beautiful and compelling piece of creative genius originally played on oboe and English horn with synthesizer arrangements in the unique style of the great master himself, Peter Gabriel.
I hope you enjoy my personal rendition of With This Love. It is played on a Steinway German-D with my own synthesizer arrangement.