Many of the wonderful stories we have about pioneers were recorded in their personal journals. Because William Clayton kept a journal, we are able to learn more about him, and the history of one of the most beloved pioneer hymns of all time…
In 1779, just three years after America’s Independence, a poem called “Amazing Grace” was published. Written by the repentant former slave trader-turned-clergyman John Newton, his words became not only an emblem of Christianity, but also a symbol of hope, and an anthem for the birth of a new nation. With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed, …
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been seven years since the life-altering summer day I stumbled onto the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s audition announcement.
Hey, Y’all! Enjoy this new original music video by a group of talented Mormon missionaries serving in the Tennessee Nashville Mission!
Today I am thrilled to launch a brand new video as part of a series of upcoming music videos! :) [*hint: exciting new project ahead!*]
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir [affectionately known as “MoTab”] began in 1847, just 29 days after the Mormon pioneers entered the barren landscape of the Salt Lake City valley. Out of the most humble of circumstances that little choir would eventually grow into one of the most well-known musical organizations nationally, and internationally. In the 1980’s U.S. President Ronald …
The music for Messiah was composed in the summer of 1741 during 24 sleep-deprived / creative-manic / heavenly-inspired days by George Frideric Handel. At the end of his 259 page manuscript Handel penned the letters “SDG”—Soli Deo Gloria;…
Looking for some good music for Easter? Well, look no further! You’ve come to the right place. This post is packed full with some of my personal favorites.
There’s a special little “FROZEN” place in everyone’s hearts these days for the music from Disney’s latest animated release. Of particular note is the hit song sensation “Let It Go” which is getting a lot of extra play time these days. The beautiful Ice castles in Midway, Utah are also getting some nice International popularity …
Today marks the 8th anniversary of the death of my best friend’s husband. Val was only 52 years and 4 days old when he too-suddenly and tragically left this earth. Each year, the first week of February marks the painful reminder of his loss to his wife and children.
My beautiful friend and master-musician Shawna Belt Edwards has done it again! Here is her latest song and video for you to enjoy; “Everything Speaks His Name”. This new Christian music video by Shawna Belt Edwards is about God’s creations. Performed by Jessie Clark Funk. With
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!
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.
The 2010 Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert beat all records for ticket requests, and crowds. Adorning fans queued up to the Conference Center hours beforehand hoping for standby seating. The excitement and energy of the crowd was truly epic.
It’s Christmas Concert Week in Salt Lake City for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Each year two wonderful guest stars are welcomed to the ‘big house’ (aka Conference Center) where stunning Christmas magic happens. Today’s post spotlights the 2008 Christmas Concert!
Today is hospital Day 30 for daughter-A. She made some great progress a week ago, but then suffered some devastating set-backs. This frustrating illness just doesn’t want to play fair, or let go! After 30 days and nights laying in a hospital bed…
During the season known for giving and getting, President Thomas S. Monson and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir remind us of the true gifts and meaning of Christmas in today’s beautiful and peace-filled video. . .
The popular Christmas carol “Adeste Fideles” is known in the English translation as “O Come, All Ye Faithful”. The original four verses were eventually extended to eight, but it’s rarely performed in entirety due to length. The song has been
I love the inspiring story of the Christmas carol “What Child is This?”. In 1865 at the age of 29, an English writer named William Chatterton Dix was struck with a sudden near-fatal illness. He was confined to bedrest for several months, and sunk into a deep depression. Yet, out of this terrible trial
The song “Sleigh Ride” was envisioned ironically by Leroy Anderson during a heat wave in July 1946; he finished the work in February 1948.
Wow, It’s December already! That means it’s time for us to think “Christmas”, and it’s time to enjoy lots of beautiful Christmas Music! Enjoy this new Christmas release from one of my favorite group of musicians – The Piano Guys!
Daughter A’s favorite hymn is “Lead Kindly Light”. Today I came across a recording by the Brigham Young University men’s A’capella group Vocal Point. It is one of the most beautiful arrangements we have heard. So peace-filled. So comforting. Such perfect timing. I had to share it!
Even though Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, it’s already time for me to focus on Christmas. I can’t help it. I’m a singer. My Christmas Concert marathon is only 4 short weeks away. [*facepalm*] Ironically, having to think about the holidays is the last thing I want to do right now.
One of my favorite Hymns is “How Firm A Foundation”. It is a unique, because instead of the words giving praise to the Lord, the lyrics are written as the voice of the Lord speaking directly to us.
A beautiful hymn-prayer has been running through my mind a lot today. Hearing it, and singing it, always offers a sweet balm to a troubled heart, and provides gentle communion between my soul, and the Lord. In this special arrangement sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, it ends with a final whispered promise…”I Come To Thee”…
This month, having joined both the NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo writing challenges I am focusing a lot of my time and attention on WORDS. However, as powerful as words are, there is a much higher form of communication I must always pay homage to.
I believe Music is the way the angels pray. We can participate in this heavenly communication with God whenever we choose to perform and listen to beautiful, wholesome music. . .
There’s nothing that makes me happier than sharing a new beautiful song! Shawna Edwards, a gifted Mormon composer and lyricist (and my good friend), has just released a new song and video honoring Young Women. . .