Apr 192013
 

I direct three choirs–the Ward Choir for our local congregation, an ad-hoc Easter Cantata Choir that operates from January through Easter every year, and our Institute Choir for young people 18-30. Each has their own repertoire, so naturally I spend a lot of time searching out new music and forming my own very-opinionated-opinions on each of the selections. Sooooo, I thought, why not share the wealth? Such as it is. Everyone has their own taste in music, but I figure I’ll post a new favorite on Fridays (because it alliterates) until I run out (which is bound to happen sooner or later).

Without further ado… ***drum roll**… here’s the first one.

Since I’m coming to the end of the Institute choir year, I’m starting to plan for next year’s repertoire. Last year at Thanksgiving time we did a gratitude-themed concert, and the title song was “Give Me a Grateful Heart” by Joseph M. Martin and Susan Bentall Boersma, published by Lorenz. This turned out to be one of our favorites, and it’s one I think we’ll repeat. Hmmm… come to think of it, I may have my ward choir do it as well. It’s just that nice.

The lyrics are inspired by this quote from Welsh poet George Herbert (1593-1633):

β€œThou that hast given so much to me give me one thing more, a grateful heart: not thankful when it pleaseth me, as if Thy blessings had spare days, but such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.”

You can listen to it here: Give Me A Grateful Heart. The audio file and sample pages are linked near the top left of the page. The lyric is written as a prayer, so for LDS use you’ll want to use the “thee” and “thy” pronouns in place of “you” and “your.”

It’s voiced for SATB choir, and it’s fairly easy for the voices, moderately easy for the pianist. One nice feature is that it’s cleverly harmonized so it can be used as a two-part mixed choir arrangement by omitting the bass and alto parts. Smart!

Apr 132013
 

What site changes do.…to say the least.

Pushing the button to change from my old site to this new one is… well… remember this Far Side comic strip? The one with the switch on the armrest of an airplane seat? The one with the switch marked “Wings Fall Off?”

Here’s hoping the wings don’t fall off.

If we’re still airborne, welcome to the new site!

Apr 132013
 
hackedSometime late last year, someone decided it would be cool to hack my Blogger-hosted blog and re-direct unsuspecting guests to unsavory places. (Does that mean I’ve hit the bigtime? I’m honored I guess… ?) I decided to simply disable it, because I was in the process of moving everything here anyway.

Sooooo…. welcome to the new place. I managed to copy in a few old entries, but not the old comments… which is just too bad, because you had a lot of good things to say.

So here’s what’s going on in my life…

Easter Cantata has come and gone–22nd year in a row. It was really spectacular.

Institute Choir practices are in full swing–great young people!

Webcam Shots to Prove I've really done the blonde thingWard choir practices are in full swing, with the help of some great young men bribed to be there by their Seminary teacher. (It’s nice to be married to him. πŸ˜‰ )

Work on a new CD (Heather’s–she’s a-maz-ing)… a bunch of new music… the swap over to this new site format… a few dozen other things…. yeah, it’s a bit dizzying. Story of my life, eh?

To top it off, I’ve gone blonde, making the term “dizzy blonde” rather appropriate. Nope, not kidding. Here’s the evidence. —->

This is pretty much what you see if you’re looking back at me out of my computer screen. Except on Jammie-Work days. Which is… um… most days. πŸ™‚