Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

The Christmas carol “Still, Still, Still” is a beloved Austrian folk-song by an anonymous author. This song is written as a lullaby for the newborn Christ child. It describes the peace of the infant Jesus and his mother Mary as the baby is sung to sleep. There are 6 original verses in German. However, there have been many different English translations and multiple variations of text. Maestro … Continue reading

Alex Boyé: Seeking Jesus With A New Song and A Camel

Alex Boyé: Seeking Jesus With A New Song and A Camel

The incomparable singer-songwriter Alex Boyé released a new Christmas music video on Dec. 15, 2014 as part of his gift to the world. The video shows Boyé  wandering through modern streets and shopping centers dressed as a wise-man (with his real-live camel in tow)! (*trivia* yep – that’s the same camel seen in The Piano Guys epic Live Nativity … Continue reading

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

BYU Men’s Chorus Releases Christmas Video

Originally posted on Odes and Oracles:
On December 5, 2014 the BYU Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Rosalind Hall, released a special Christmas single as a free gift to the world. The single, “Come, Lord Jesus,” is part of a growing catalog of free hymns that the choir refers to as Set Apart – a fluid,…

God Rest Ye Merry Kings Singers

God Rest Ye Merry Kings Singers

One of the world’s leading a cappella ensembles is The King’s Singers. The British group was founded in 1968 and named after King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars. Today they are renowned for their impeccable professionalism, flawless diction, tight harmonies and consistently beautiful musicianship. The Kings Singers have been a favorite guest … Continue reading

Acknowledging Grief At Christmas

Acknowledging Grief At Christmas

Christmas is known as the “Most Wonderful Time of The Year”. But, for those who are lonely, who are grieving the loss of a beloved, who have broken hearts or empty chairs, Christmas can become the “Most Painful Time of The Year”. I’ve blogged about this subject in the past, but I feel it is important to include a … Continue reading

12 Days? I’ll Take That Straight No Chaser Please!

12 Days? I’ll Take That Straight No Chaser Please!

We have officially reached the “only 12 more days” mark until THE big event! So, in honor of our countdown,  here is my favorite version of the Twelve Days of Christmas Song – titled simply 12 days, arranged and performed by the original Indiana State University’s professional A’Capella group Straight No Chaser, organized in 1996 and launching this viral video in … Continue reading

White Christmas – Human Nature

White Christmas – Human Nature

In 1989 (the year Mr. Mo and I married) four young high school friends in Australia, who loved to harmonize and sing A’cappella together, were introduced by their Choir teacher to the sounds of American MoTown. The rest, as they say, is history! The boy band 4 Trax was born, later renamed Human Nature. A quarter of a century later those … Continue reading

In The Bleak Midwinter with Sissel

In The Bleak Midwinter with Sissel

“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Georgina Rossetti, who was a devout Christian and is considered one of the most important women poets of nineteenth-century England. Roseetti’s “bleak midwinter” poem was written in 1872, during a time of intense personal grief while her beloved brother Dante suffered an emotional breakdown. The poem was kept among her private … Continue reading

Hark The Herald Angels Sing: A Story and Song

Hark The Herald Angels Sing: A Story and Song

The Christmas carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” was written in 1739 by prolific Methodist hymn composer Charles Wesley (1707-1788). It was later set to a melody from the cantata Fest­ge­sang an die Künstler by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), which was originally written to honor the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing. Religious liturgical scholars regard “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” as one of the … Continue reading

The Spirit of Christmas with Mitchell, Herrmann and MoTab

The Spirit of Christmas with Mitchell, Herrmann and MoTab

Sit back, relax! Today I’m sharing 30 minutes of pure Christmas joy! This is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas TV/Radio Sunday broadcast aired Dec. 14, 2008. The program was filmed on the last day of Christmas Concert week in Salt Lake City, with guest artists Brian Stokes Mitchell (Broadway star) and Edward Herrmann (veteran star of stage & screen). This performance is extra special … Continue reading

Mary Did You Know? – Pentatonix

Mary Did You Know? – Pentatonix

I have always felt the deepest of admiration and reverence for Mary, the mother of Jesus. To me, she is the ultimate example of quiet strength, divine womanhood, selfless motherhood, and courage to trust in God and do “impossible things”. There is a lot we do not know about Mary’s story. But, we know that she endured great hardship throughout her life and … Continue reading

Are You Doing The Christmas Can-Can?

Are You Doing The Christmas Can-Can?

With only 20 more days until the big Ho-Ho-Ho, do you feel a little frazzled, frantic and breathless? It sounds like you just might be doing the “Christmas Can-Can”! As you are out and about spending your money this season, wrapping up your packages in shiny paper and laying them under the tree, make sure you also remember … Continue reading

Christmas Gift: 5 Free Song Downloads!

Christmas Gift: 5 Free Song Downloads!

In the spirit of the season, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is giving away five beautiful Christmas song downloads this season as a special gift to the world! The special online music sampler is entitled “What Shall We Give?”, a title taken from a Christmas lullaby which asks; “What shall we give to the babe in the manger? What shall … Continue reading

Being An Angel: My Live Nativity World Record Experience

Being An Angel: My Live Nativity World Record Experience

Once in a while, we each get the opportunity to be part of something amazing, something nothing short of a miracle. Last night was one of mine. In fact, there were so many miracles crammed into December 1, 2014, I’m still floating on air trying to process them all. I spent time with ‘earth angels’ yesterday. And, I suspect there were plenty … Continue reading

A Little Christmas [Crunch Time] Now!

A Little Christmas [Crunch Time] Now!

Wow! I’m already on the 4th day of my 5 day “weekend” holiday from the office?! Aaagh! That’s just So. Not. Fair. Why is it that our “free time” always flies by so much faster than our work days?!? It’s been an incredibly whirlwind few days for me with so many challenging and rewarding things happening, and my holiday rush has … Continue reading

Even So In Christ, Shall All Be Made Alive

Even So In Christ, Shall All Be Made Alive

This morning I attended the funeral service for my sister-in-law’s sweet mother. Karen passed away suddenly and her family deeply mourns her loss. But, through their tears is also an amazing strength of spirit and a “peace that surpasses all understanding”. Each of the siblings stood at the pulpit today and shared different tender and funny memories of their mother, but there … Continue reading

Holly Needs A New Song!

Holly Needs A New Song!

It’s the day after THANKSGIVING…and that means, it’s OFFICIALLY time for CHRISTMAS here on the MoSop blog! It’s time for lots of great music! (what’s your favorite Christmas song?) And, it’s high time that Holly gets a new song, don’t you agree? Read on… Continue reading

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Hey everyone, it’s time for the Big Reveal (finally)! Sorry it took awhile to get this video loaded and up on the site. I want to thank everyone again that participated in my first ever giveaway. Thank you so much to LDSLiving Magazine for sponsoring this giveaway, and congratulations to our three winners! Watch the video for the … Continue reading

Creating Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World

Creating Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! :) Today’s song for our countdown has a timeless and, in light of recent events, timely message to share. This song was written as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States (sound familiar?). Recorded by jazz legend Louis Armstrong in 1967, during a time of war and … Continue reading

Everything Is Fine – Josh Turner

Everything Is Fine – Josh Turner

Today’s Thanksgiving playlist selection comes to you via my Mr. Mo who has been playing this catchy tune on repeat for the past two weeks and he insists that I share it with you! :) I actually really like it, too and I think it’s perfect for Thanksgiving. Country singer Josh Turner not only has heartthrob good looks … Continue reading

The Thankfulness Song [Veggie Tales] – Jeremy Morada

The Thankfulness Song [Veggie Tales] – Jeremy Morada

Today’s song is The Thankfulness Song from the Veggie Tales story of Madame Blueberry. I admit freely I love the Veggie Tales cartoons. They are funny and sweet, enjoyable for all ages, and always combine interesting characters and catchy music to illustrate a moral tale with a gentle biblical theme. Madame Blueberry lives in a comfy little tree-house in the woods. She is … Continue reading

Simple Gifts – Lindsey Stirling and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Simple Gifts – Lindsey Stirling and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

No Thanksgiving playlist would be complete without “Simple Gifts”, a Shaker song written and composed in 1848 by Shaker convert Elder Joseph Brackett. Though often thought to be a traditional Celtic tune, or classified as an anonymous Shaker hymn, it should be appropriately classified as a dance song with words and music by Bracket. Shaker manuscripts indicate this is a … Continue reading

Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep – Sandi Patty

Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep – Sandi Patty

Today’s Thanksgiving countdown classic is a beautiful song of gratitude. “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” was written by Irving Berlin (1888-1989) for the 1954 iconic film “White Christmas”. It was originally recorded by Bing Crosby, encouraging us to counter our worries with counting our blessings. I absolutely fell in love this new recording by Sandi Patty from her “Christmas Blessings” CD (2014). I decided to make … Continue reading

Come Ye Thankful People Come

Come Ye Thankful People Come

In 1844 Henry Alford, the rector of Aston Standford church in Buckinghamshire, England composed a 7 stanza poem titled “After Harvest”. About ten years later the poem was shortened to 4 verses, set to music by George J. Elvey and published as the hymn “Come Ye Thankful People, Come”. This hymn of harvest time and Thanksgiving is included in … Continue reading