By Gordon Bitner Hinckley
This quiet passing in the night?
‘Tis not the end, but genesis
Of better worlds and greater light.
And calm my troubled, haunting fears.
Let hope and faith, transcendent, pure.
Give strength and peace beyond my tears
With recompense for vict’ry won.
The gift of him who loved all men,
The Son of God, the Holy One.
President Hinckley’s hymn recorded by LDS artists
Reported by: Angie LarsenSALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – A hymn introduced during the funeral of President Gordon B. Hinckley is striking a chord with thousands of Latter Day Saints. Monday several LDS musicians gathered to record the poem written by President Hinckley and set to music by Janice Kapp Perry.President Hinckley wrote “What is This Thing That Men Call Death” about 20 years ago. Just three days before he died, he granted permission to Janice Kapp Perry to put his words to music. After the prophet’s funeral, Perry received more than 10-thousand requests for the hymn. So the composer is making the music available to everyone.Instead of the entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir, six popular LDS vocalists are recording President Hinckley’s hymn, ‘What is This Thing That Men Call Death’
Vocalist Tammy Simister Robinson says, “It’s an honor.”
There are two ways to record, one is to use a large group and pick the best performance. But that can get really expensive.
“The other way is to choose a small group and be real picky about what you’re doing and build a bunch of tracks on top of each other to create a big sound,” explains producer and vocalist Greg Hansen.
Music engineer Steven Lerud adds, “It’s a full choir, it sounds glorious.”
The musicians say being asked to record this hymn is a true blessing. “It’s a reflection of probably an entire church’s sentiment at this time,” says Hansen.
“It will be a recollection of how much he loved us and how much knowledge he had about the gospel and the purpose of our life here on this earth,” says Robinson.Tuesday a cello will be added to the recording and by Wednesday evening, the hymn will be available for download to anyone who wants it for free. The sheet music is available right now in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Songwriter Janice Kapp Perry is taking care of all the expense for getting the hymn recorded.For more information on “What is This Thing That Men Call Death,” go to www.janicekappperry.com. To download the hymn beginning February 20, 2008, go to: www.LDSTunesNow.com.