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.
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. 🙂