Oct 122013
Last night was a landmark for me… I actually finished something. Something big. And complicated. And boy am I patting myself on the back!

The Praise to the Lord Cantata page has been a placeholder for (oh my… **blushes**…) two years(!) while I struggled to keep up with life. Last night I finished formatting the last score and converting the last file. It’s finally available in its entirety. That means…

The SATB version of “Lying in a Manger” is also available. Many of you have written asking me when it would be posted, and it’s finally ready for you. (BTW, I have begun to dread questions that contain the word “When…?” ) It’s actually SSATTBB… but you can omit the harmonies in the TTBB and SSA sections to make it a simpler SATB.

Abraham and Isaac prepare to travel to Moriah

This is a story that affects me emotionally in a lot of ways.

It also means that another of the songs from Heather’s lovely project, “Reaching for the Light,” is now uploaded and available. This song is also from the aforementioned cantata, and is called “God Will Provide a Lamb.”

Since I was old enough to read, I have been particularly affected by the story of Abraham when he was commanded to sacrifice his son, Isaac. I remember sitting on my mother’s bed with an old, old, old red-letter edition of the Bible, reading the story and looking at the full-page color plate that faced the scriptural page. (The picture was much less gentle than the one at the left!)

It wasn’t until much later that I recognized the event for what it was: a real-life “parable” about the sacrifice that Jesus Christ would make for them, and that He has made for me.

This song describes that real-life “parable.”

Here’s Heather Prusse singing the track, beautifully as usual:

The song is available in both SATB, and low- to medium-voice solo.

Happy Sunday!

Oct 022013
Damien and Lyric

Best friends. Most of the time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s a busy week–the grandbabies are here to play. They are a very picturesque pair. Also nice, well-behaved, smart, creative, (insert virtues of your choice here)…

No bias. Nope. None.

Since my attention will be elsewhere for a while, a few things waiting in queue will have to be patient a bit longer.

In the meantime, here are a couple of performances for you to enjoy:

First, a beautiful rendition of “Gethsemane” from YouTube.

This was performed by Karlene Endres (vocals), Beverly Adelmann, and Dean Sayles for an Easter (2013) service at First Presbyterian Church in Joliet, IL.

They used Marvin Goldstein’s lovely arrangement (available here), and the result was gorgeous.

Next is this video from last weekend’s Relief Society (women’s organization) session of the LDS church’s General Conference. (This is embedded Flash video and may not work on all devices. I’ll replace it with YouTube video when it becomes available.)

I’m a bit hesitant about posting this since the sheet music isn’t available, and… well, I’m not completely satisfied with the arrangement. It’s a medley of “Go Forth With Faith” and “As Sisters in Zion.” The first is an exuberant, upbeat, almost-march-ish hymn about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with all the world. The second is a gentle, sweet, almost-waltz-ish hymn about sisterhood and unity. The two did not want to play nicely together, and fought me every step of the way.

Emily and companions during the Colorado flooding.

Welcome to Colorado. Here’s your life-jacket.

What makes this rendition most appealing is the choir–sister missionaries just setting off to various parts of the world where they will spend their time teaching of Jesus Christ and serving in any way they can. (That service often comes in unexpected ways… hence the picture to the left–my adorable niece (the one the in the closet) and her compatriots helping with cleanup during the recent flooding in Colorado.)

I loved looking at the faces in the choir–so happy, so beautiful, and they sounded great. The incredible thing is that they had the music memorized. I know how long these ladies had (or didn’t have) to learn the music and what their schedules are like. I’m well and truly impressed!

Happy Wednesday! I’m off to enjoy Dueling Action Figures and Other Very Important Things. ๐Ÿ™‚