Jun 142013

You know, I’m not much of a performer myself, and one of the things that makes songwriting so rewarding for me is listening to other people perform my songs. So many beautiful interpretations are posted to YouTube, that I thought today I’d share the wealth.

First up is this lovely cover of “Be Still, My Soul,” by Hayden Clark. Hayden was brought to my attention by Chad Neth, (who also recorded and mixed the track) so I actually know a little bit about Hayden.
Hayden was born in Seattle in 1995 to his parents Matt and Jodie Clark. In 1997 his family moved to League City, TX so his mother could be near MD Anderson Cancer center for treatments. Hayden loves fishing, spending time in the outdoors, and music. He has a huge contagious smile and enjoys spending time with friends. He sings Tenor in the Clear Springs High School Choir and for his ward and stake in League City, TX.

Of this hymn, Hayden says, “I really love this song because it reminds me that I’m never alone because the Lord’s always fighting for me.”

Next is this choral rendition of “Jezu mój krasny” (Beautiful Savior), conducted by Piotr Sikora, and performed by the Wyższobramski Chór Kameralny from Cieszyn (Poland). This was posted on my old YouTube page, but for those of you who may have missed it, it’s well worth listening to this beautiful interpretation. (And ahhhh…. those gorgeous acoustics!)
Here’s one of my favorites–a rendition of the piano duet “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” that is just… charming! (I can’t think of a better word.) Well done!
Last of all, here’s a recording of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” sung by Jenny Smith. The video mistakenly attributes the arrangement to her as well… nope, it’s still mine ;), though she does add some chords on the piano under the a cappella section. This is one beautiful voice.
So there you have it–a four-course YouTube feast. Eat hearty!

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