Tagged with November

Creating Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World

Creating Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! ūüôā 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

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

Celebrating 7 Sweet Sopranos!

Celebrating 7 Sweet Sopranos!

Today is a very special and significant day! Mormon Soprano is celebrating 7 Blog Years! That’s 7 years as an honorary member of the Mormon Bloggernacle and 7 years as part of the global “blog-isphere”. ūüôā Seven years ago I was just minding my own business sleeping when I had a crazy dream 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 ‚ÄúGive Thanks‚ÄĚ is used 59 times in … 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¬†Kronob√§ck, Sweden, overlooking the stunning M√∂nster√•s 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

We Need A Little Thanksgiving

We Need A Little Thanksgiving

It’s the day after Halloween and my morning radio alarm woke me to the¬†song “We Need A Little Christmas”. I quickly pushed the snooze button,¬†sure it was some¬†weird dream. The next alarm startled me with¬†children belting out¬†“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. I groaned and hit Snooze again. The third alarm brought me¬†Johnny Mathis crooning¬†“O Holy … Continue reading