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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

Joel The Lump Of Coal – By The Killers & Jimmy Kimmel

Joel The Lump Of Coal – By The Killers & Jimmy Kimmel

Don’t let the goofy title and ugly sweaters put you off, this new Christmas song by the Killers, which launched on the Jimmy Kimmel show last week, is a little jewel. Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the band The Killers, just happens to be a Mormon (like me), but, that’s not why I like his new song so much.  I like it because wrapped … 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

Dreaming Of A Real Christmas

Dreaming Of A Real Christmas

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were hospital days #46 & #47 respectively, for Daughter A. There’s nothing we wanted more than a “Christmas miracle”. We prayed, and pleaded with God. I dreamed she would suddenly rise from her bed and walk, fully healed and whole, able to come home. When I ‘woke’, we simply prayed … Continue reading

I Pray On Christmas All Our Problems Gonna Be Worked Out

I Pray On Christmas All Our Problems Gonna Be Worked Out

As Mr. MoSop started up the engine and the two of us slowly drove away from the hospital we sunk into a bone-tired and soul-weary silence. I turned on the radio just in time to hear an excited radio personality announcing that “this next song has become a new ‘listener favorite’ here!”. When the lively jazz tune began, I immediately recognized the vocalist as my very own dear friend Alex Boyé! Continue reading

My ‘Home For The Holidays’ Christmas 2012 with Boe, Brokaw, Halverson and Grandpa

My ‘Home For The Holidays’ Christmas 2012 with Boe, Brokaw, Halverson and Grandpa

The 2012 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert showered the audience with marvelous surprises, and brought down the house – literally! Special guest artists were Tony Award-winning tenor Alfie Boe and Peabody Award-winning news journalist Tom Brokaw, with a special surprise appearance by Lt. Gail “Hal” Halverson, the World War II US Army Air Corps “Candy Bomber”. There was also another secret unexpected ‘guest-appearance’…by my deceased Grandpa. Continue reading

Christmas Message From Sandy Hook

Christmas Message From Sandy Hook

We have been suffering for so many weeks through my daughter’s serious illness and hospitalization; trying to make sense of it all, trying to endure it all, trying to hold onto hope and faith. “Why is this happening?” we ask, “When will this end?”, “What can we do to make everything all better?” and sometimes, I admit my soul … Continue reading