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He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

He Is Risen! – Hymn for The Easter Feast

One of my favorite Easter hymns is “He Is Risen” written by Cecil Frances (“Fanny”) Alexander (1818-1895). From a very early age Fanny loved to write poems. She was near-sighted, timid and shy. At the tender age of nine her father noticed a lump under the rug in Fanny’s bedroom. Lifting the rug, he discovered a hidden stack … Continue reading

David Archuleta Sings At BYU Hawaii

David Archuleta Sings At BYU Hawaii

Former American Idol and returned Mormon missionary David Archuleta visited the BYU Hawaii campus in November 2014 to speak and sing as part of the Great Ideas Conference. During the meeting, David performed a touching rendition of the beloved LDS song “If the Savior Stood Beside Me,” which he sang in both English and Spanish. Of course, it was … Continue reading

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Ye Elders Of Israel: Hymn By Cyrus Wheelock

Memorable moments during General Conference not only include testimonies borne over the pulpit but also testimonies borne through song. One special and powerful musical sermon was given during the October 2014 Conference Priesthood Session by a choir of approximately 375 young missionary Elders chosen from the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. This stirring arrangement of the Latter-day Saint hymn “Ye Elders Of … Continue reading

Multiple Free Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concerts During ACDA Week

Multiple Free Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concerts During ACDA Week

If you are lucky enough to be in Utah between Feb. 24 – March 1, 2015 then you have the unique opportunity to attend SEVERAL FREE musical concerts performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra at Temple Square. The Choir​ & Orchestra will present five (yes, FIVE!) separate concerts in conjunction with the epic ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) National Conference hosted … Continue reading

You’ll Never Run Out Of Love

You’ll Never Run Out Of Love

It’s Musical Monday, and I have a sweet treat for you! In honor of February – the “Month of Love” – I’ve created a music video of the song “You’ll Never Run Out of Love”, sung by another very talented Mormon Soprano, 16-yr old Anna Richey. ♥ I just couldn’t resist this great message! Enjoy!  – MoSop  [Please be sure to … Continue reading

This Is The Christ – The Healer Of Our Souls

This Is The Christ – The Healer Of Our Souls

Tonight Mr. Mo and I attended the adult session of our Stake Conference [a “Stake” is a collection of congregations – called “Wards” – in an assigned area].  The theme of our meeting was ‘Becoming more like the Savior‘. There were so many beautiful  and inspiring messages! In conclusion a choir sang one of my favorite songs; This … Continue reading

See You On The Other Side

See You On The Other Side

Meet Shaun Canon (real name Barrows). He “writes songs for Superheros”. In 2007, the Emmy-Nominated musician says he “discovered his ability to Sing, as well as transcend both Space and Time”. He’s been featured on soundtracks such as the Big Bang Theory, and collaborated with a lot of big names. Shaun is  a super talented musician from my hometown of Salt Lake City. He … Continue reading

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