Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Today we have a simple SATB arrangement of “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”, set to another Easter hymn called “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise”, which I learned with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Here’s a video of the original:

Enjoy!

Christ the Lord is Risen Today SATB

I Stand All Amazed (Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort)

Today we have a plaintive arrangement of “I Stand All Amazed” using the folk song “Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort”. It has a different feel than the one most often in use, and I hope that it conveys the awe of the Savior’s sacrifice. 

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Share Goodness

I recently listened to Elder Bednar’s address at BYU Education Week entitled “Share Goodness”. My frequent collaborator, Rick Graham had the idea to write a hymn based on the principles found in this talk, about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ however you can.

He wrote a cheerful hymn setting, and I provided the words based on certain images and thoughts he provided me. We hope you enjoy the result!

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Also be sure to check out Rick’s site at http://www.ldshappymusic.com/

And you can read Elder Bednar’s address here: https://www.lds.org/church/share/goodness

God’s Infinite, Eternal Power

Today, we have another collaboration with Rick Graham. The words were inspired by a General Conference address given in the Priesthood Session in October 2013 by Elder Niel A Andersen. It talked about how priesthood holders simply open the curtain that allows God’s power to shine through.

You can view the address here: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/power-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng

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Also be sure to check out Rick’s site at http://www.ldshappymusic.com/

Nearer My God to Thee (My Song in the Night)

One of my favorite songs we sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is “My Song in the Night”. You can watch a performance here: 

Today’s offering is a version of “Nearer My God to Thee” set to this haunting melody.

Nearer My God to Thee (alt) SATB

Two Hymns + Jupiter

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A few months ago, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir did a version of “O God, Beyond All Praising”, which was set to the tune of the middle second of Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter, Bringer of Jolity” from “The Planets”. 

I haven’t been so captivated by a melody in a long time, and so I figured I would use it to adapt a hymn or two. I couldn’t decide between “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” and “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling”, and so I set them both.  I love the majestic sweep of the melody, the kind of majesty that fits with these timeless words. 

O How Lovely (Holst)

Israel Israel (Holst)

Bearers of God’s Holy Priesthood

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Thanks to Rick Graham for this wonderful collaboration. I wrote the words and he paired them with music in a hymn that talks about how God blesses everyone through the Priesthood.

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