Dec 142005

Well, it’s December, and before the queries start rolling in, let me state for the record: I will try over the holidays to come up with a simple song for the 2006 Mutual theme.

“Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations”

Most of the requests I get refer to the Mutual theme as the “YW Theme.” Hmmm. Could it be that our young women’s organizations use more music than our young men’s organizations do? Naahhhh….

I’ll give it my best shot. However, I try to listen to the Spirit when writing music, and sometimes the Lord sends me in a different direction than I expect. Though He is very good to me, inspiration isn’t always available on demand.

A couple of years ago the Church music office asked if I would write a song addressing a certain theme. I spent a week struggling with it, and finally came to the realization that this just wasn’t my song to write. I felt guilty telling them so–I like to be useful–but they understood perfectly.

I have sometimes worked to address certain themes or phrases, and found them absolutely intractable. After abandoning them for years, I have revisited them with much greater success, which makes me believe that the time simply wasn’t right the first time around. One example of this is the recent release, “And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful.” The chorus languished in the “My Documents” file on my M: drive (yes, I have an “M” drive) for years and only this season made itself useful.

Fortunately, though inspiration isn’t always available on demand, it has been my experience that it’s always available when it should be, and I have never yet had reason to doubt the Lord’s timing.


–Football: My hubby and I are heading to the Las Vegas Bowl next week to watch BYU play Cal. Hopefully our presence won’t jinx the team for a change. I asked my brother, “What is there to do there for non-drinking, non-gambling prudes like me?” He had some good ideas. It’s nice to have brothers who are kindred spirits.

–Food: Top Secret Recipes has an amazingly good recipe for a clone of Starbucks Pumpkin Scones. I’ve never had the original, so I can’t compare the two, but the clone is way yummy, and easy enough even for me.

–For Local Folks: Our Easter Cantata for 2006 will be a combined venture–CSNS and CSS. Should be fun. We’re doing one presentation in the Lexington Chapel and one in the Broadmoor Chapel (which has very bad acoustics and the most horrible old pipe organ–pray for angels!) on Easter weekend. More details available in January.

–For Everyone: I wish you a Christmas filled with happiness, the love of our Heavenly Father and the grace of his beloved Son, Jesus Christ.