Filed under music

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

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

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

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

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

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For – Bing Crosby

I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For – Bing Crosby

Today’s Thanksgiving Countdown playlist is a classic! This song was featured in the 1942 hit movie ‘Holiday Inn”. Leading man Bing Crosby treats us with his smooth vocals paired with a catchy tune and simple lyrics from a bygone era. In May 1940, Irving Berlin signed an exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures to write songs for a film musical based on … Continue reading

Thankful – Josh Groban

Thankful – Josh Groban

I took a little break from our Thanksgiving countdown to celebrate my 7th Blog Birthday, and launch my first ever awesome giveaway (be sure to enter here, comment, subscribe & return daily)! Today our Thanksgiving playlist continues with the beautiful song appropriately titled Thankful sung by Josh Groban. It just doesn’t get much better than this! Love the voice. Love … Continue reading

Thanksgiving, for Piano – George Winston

Thanksgiving, for Piano – George Winston

Some of the most beautiful pieces of music are songs without words. Today’s instrumental musical selection is titled “Thanksgiving”, a piano solo written by the popular and prolific New Age composer George Winston. George grew up in Montana. His music is inspired by nature, the seasons, and the beauty of his home state. “I compose 1 or 2 songs … Continue reading

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart – Mariz Mitra

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart – Mariz Mitra

Today’s Thanksgiving countdown playlist selection is the song “Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart”. Popularized in 1978 by a Christian worship leader named Don Moen, the song was written by Henry Smith and has been translated into dozens of languages. Professionally recorded over 50 times, it is published in many songbooks. Fun Fact: The phrase “Give Thanks” is used 59 times in … Continue reading

‘Grateful’ Song from Nimo To The World [Free Download]

‘Grateful’ Song from Nimo To The World [Free Download]

Whoa! A Rap / Hip-Hop song for our Thanksgiving playlist?! It’s pretty unexpected, I admit, but you don’t want to miss listening to this song, or to the story behind it! Come with me today on a special musical pilgrimage. The Empty Hands Music organization has a simple yet profound mission, “To spread seeds of goodness to the world through selfless … Continue reading

Count Your Blessings sung by Lucy Rhodes

Count Your Blessings sung by Lucy Rhodes

Today’s Thanksgiving playlist song comes from reader Amy, who shared this beautiful song which I had never heard before! “Count Your Blessings” was written by Reginald Morgan & Edith Temple, c.1946 in London.Not to be confused with the LDS hymn “Count Your Blessings/When Upon Life’s Billows” nor Irving Berlin’s popular “Count your Blessings Instead of Sheep” – nope, all different … Continue reading

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrim Song – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Pilgrims are synonymous with the Thanksgiving holiday! And so, our Thanksgiving countdown playlist would not be complete without a song about Pilgrims. A pilgrim (from the Latin peregrinus) is a traveler – “one who has come from afar” – on a  journey to a holy place, or, a location of great religious significance. Typically, pilgrimage is a physical journey (usually taken on foot), … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Prayer by Johnny Cash

Thanksgiving Prayer by Johnny Cash

Today’s Thanksgiving song for our countdown playlist comes from Season 3 Episode 10 of the 1990’s TV series Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, starring Jane Seymour and Joe Lando. Titled simply “Thanksgiving”, this holiday episode aired on November 19, 1994 and included legendary country singer Johnny Cash playing the recurring role of Kid Cole (appearing in 4 episodes between 1993-97), … Continue reading

A Beautiful Life – Donny & Marie Osmond

A Beautiful Life – Donny & Marie Osmond

It’s time for a little bit country and a little bit Rock-n-Roll! Here’s a happy song for our Thanksgiving playlist by none other than the legendary sibling duo Donny & Marie Osmond! The Osmond family are legend. They’ve been called “Mormon royalty” more than once (which always makes me laugh). I grew up watching the Donny & Marie Show (my … Continue reading

How Great Thou Art – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

How Great Thou Art – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

In 1885 Carl Boberg’s walk home through a summer storm would inspire him to write ‘O Store Gud’ (O Mighty God), later to become known as “How Great Thou Art”, one of the most enduring lyrics in Christianity. Carl lived in Kronobäck, Sweden, overlooking the stunning Mönsterås Bay where heaven and nature combine in a continual tug-of-war between beautiful … Continue reading

Grateful – Brian Stokes Mitchell

Grateful – Brian Stokes Mitchell

There’s no more rich and creamy-dreamy voice than Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell. Our Thanksgiving playlist would not be complete without his masterful performance of the beautiful song “Grateful” written by John Bucchino. “Stokes” is an award winning star of stage and screen, who became part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir ‘family’, in 2011 when he performed not only as guest at the August 2011 … Continue reading

BYU Men’s Chorus Build and Bless This House

BYU Men’s Chorus Build and Bless This House

Every year members of the BYU Men’s Chorus seek an opportunity to serve in the community. In 2012 the singers teamed up with Habitat for Humanity, trading their hallmark blue blazers and ties for hard hats and work gloves to help build a home in Orem, Utah for a family in need. The choir also held a benefit … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Today’s song for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist comes from Five-time Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter. Over the course of her career Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. She’s the real deal, and this song is a beautiful tribute to Thanksgiving! It is found on her holiday album “Come Darkness, Come … Continue reading

“Thankful” Jonny Lang and Michael McDonald

“Thankful” Jonny Lang and Michael McDonald

Today’s song for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist is a contemporary Gospel number suggested by reader K. Outzen. “Thankful” is performed by blues-rocker Jonny Lang and soul king Michael McDonald (of Doobie Brothers fame). It was released on Lang’s 2006 album Turn Around. I love the message here! And this backup choir makes me want to shout Hallelujah, jump up and dance! … Continue reading

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Today’s song in honor of Thanksgiving is a musical prayer from the Netherlands, written in the early 1600s during the Dutch national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. The song “Wilt heden nu treden,” [“We gather together”] resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first … Continue reading

He Is Coming! New Song For The Hastening

He Is Coming! New Song For The Hastening

I am thrilled to share the newest song by Melanie and Roger Hoffman with the debut of its music video! The Song “He is Coming!” is from the Hoffman’s upcoming album “He Is Coming: New Songs for A New Time” which will release in October 2014!  [pre-order here] I was honored to collaborate with the Hoffman’s to create the video for this launch. “He Is … Continue reading

Robin Williams and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Robin Williams and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite actors, Robin Williams, goes like this: “You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, everywhere, even the stars” – Robin Williams  (August Rush, 2007) And one of my favorite songs performed … Continue reading

The Prayer: Song of Healing

The Prayer: Song of Healing

“The best songs come through you and not from you,” says David Foster, Grammy award winning composer [and musical genius]. In July 2012 Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins guest starred with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the annual Pioneer Day Concert in Salt Lake City where she performed one of David Foster’s most famous compositions, “The Prayer”. Just prior to her performance, … Continue reading

BYU Men Sing Nearer My God To Thee

BYU Men Sing Nearer My God To Thee

I was contacted last night by a member of Brigham Young University’s Vocal Point. He was very excited to tell me about the release of their newest  music video, an arrangement of the beloved hymn “Nearer My God To Thee”.  “As members of BYU Vocal Point, our main objective is to bless the lives of others through the music … Continue reading