For this hymn, I had originally come up with an original setting of “How Great Thou Art”, but I couldn’t get the rights to use the words. Apparently, you aren’t allowed to use anything by the original Swedish folk song.
A good setting is a terrible thing to waste and so I wrote original words for it. Here is the result:
Our Gratitude and Praise
For this hymn, I had originally come up with an original setting of “Lord, I Would Follow Thee”, but I’m still waiting on the rights to use the words.
Just in case, I used the opportunity to use the setting and wrote original words for it. Here is the result, which talks about the various parts of the armor of God.
Bearers of God’s Holy Armor
For this hymn, I had originally come up with an original setting of “Where Can I Turn for Peace?”, but I’m still waiting on the rights to use the words. The tune is based on the classic sacred song “Panis Angelicus”.
Just in case, I used the opportunity to use the setting and wrote original words for it. Here is the result:
Faith, Hope, and Charity
One of my favorite hymns we sang during General Conference was not familiar to many Latter-day Saints, but is familiar to many other Christians. “Softly and Tenderly” is a beautiful message about coming home to the Savior. Here is the video:
Today, I have a simple SATB arrangement of this hymn with the original words. Enjoy!
Softly and Tenderly
In General Conference, President Monson said “Walking where Jesus was is less important than walking as he walked.” My friend and collaborator, Rick Graham, though that this idea would make a wonderful children’s song. He wrote a beautiful melody, and asked me if I’d provide the words.
It took me a few complete revisions to get them just right, but I’m very happy with the end result. Enjoy!
I’ll Walk Today As Jesus Walked (1)
As a German speaker, I have always been a fan of Wagner’s music. One of my favorites is the Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhäuser, which is one I have sung with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Here’s an older recording of it:
I have taken the tune and used it for a setting of “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee”, combining it with one verse of another version “Jesu, the Very Thought is Sweet”. Enjoy!
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Today we have two different Christmas programs. Each of them has six Christmas numbers, all alternate settings of traditional songs, and straightforward so that they could be learned quickly. Each song comes with suggested scriptural narration that can be used to go from song to song.
Glory to God in the Highest Program
Let the Earth Rejoice Program