Over the weekend, I sang not only in three sessions of General Conference, but also in a concert with a local chamber choir called the Deseret Chamber Singers. It is quite a different experience when you are one of only two tenor IIs instead of one of eighty or so.
In that concert, we sang a beautiful Shaker song called “Love Is Little”, and once I heard it, I knew I needed to adapt a hymn to the melody. The result is below:
In the coming weeks, I will be working to put together an entire hymnbook of a variety of hymns, both original texts and new settings of beloved texts from our current hymnbook. If you would like to contribute, or just to know more, click on the “Submissions” page above. Please pass the word along to anyone who might be interested.
I am also working on a lengthy piece with the working title “Christmas in Zerahemla” about the story of Samuel the Lamanite and the coming of Christ. More on that as it develops.
I love the original version of “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer”. In fact, on my first tour with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I had the opportunity to sing it at the Sacred Grove in New York. But I also think this version, set to the old lullaby “Suo Gan” helps me see the words in a whole a new light. I hope you enjoy it.
Rise and Stand has the tune of one of my favorite German traditional songs called “Grün, Grün, Grün”, which means “Green, Green, Green”. The words are my own, and are especially appropriate for youth and the parts are straightforward.
This week I collaborated with a fellow Mormon Tabernacle Choir member to create a new sacrament hymn. He wrote the music and I wrote the lyrics, and I’m really pleased with the result. He has started a new site to post his compositions, and you can check out our combined effort there:
“When I Survey the Wond’rous Cross” is one of my grandmother’s favorite songs. I have always loved it as well and have had a chance to sing the traditional version with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It seemed to me that there really was only one version that I heard everyone do, and a friend of mine mentioned to me that it might be nice to do a men’s arrangement.