Sep 042016

Awhile back the Mormon Tabernacle Choir produced a new recording of the Hallelujah! chorus from The Messiah. They included over 2000 … count ’em… 2000 voices from all over the world. And it’s perfect.

I’m thinking the MoTab had some automated way to combine all those voices. If they had done it the way I did the recording for this song, an army of sound engineers would still be messing with individual tracks in 3096.

The demo track for this selection includes 10… count ’em… 10 voices, mostly from my little town. And it’s NOT perfect, but it will give you an example of how the song sounds. We kept the rhythm pretty straight for this, since each voice had to sing alone. In performance I’d recommend a little more give in strategic places.

Like I said, it’s not perfect, but in our defense, we weren’t starting with the MoTab as a base. 😉

Baby JesusBy the way, I’m not doing another one of these. Nope. Nu-uh. No way. (She says. And at this moment she means it.)

In a Manger Bed” is voiced for SATB choir with optional, extremely simple bells.

It will be pretty easy to learn (it was for the “choir”…hey, a couple of them were sight-reading… ahem… ), though there are a couple of tricky entrances that you’ll want to practice-repeat-practice-repeat until it clicks. There is a second soprano part that lasts all of two notes, and may be omitted.

Only 112 days until Christmas! 🙂

  4 Responses to “In a Manger Bed, and an attempt at a virtual choir”


    Dear Sally (if I may be so bold), I’m about your age and grew up in Springfield. I think Danny Ainge was in an institute I attended when I was an investigator. You recently were speaking at an event, Denv N Stake, and said that ‘Because He Lives’ was your personal testimony, in song. That must be why every time we have practiced and sung it for Easter, I am choked with tears and find it difficult to finish. I want to thank you so much for that song. It strengthens my testimony every time I hear it.


    This is so beautiful! Another Christmas favorite. I agree with Marilyn: As a ward choir director, I thank you for being willing to share all your music so freely. Sending love and support your way, to keep creating such beautiful music.


    Years ago, when you first started this site, I wrote and asked if you were independently wealthy or crazy, to give away all of this beautiful music. You assured me it was the later.. Now that I am the ward choir director again, I am so glad that this craziness continues on. What a joy it is to coax this beautiful music from my lovely choir. Thank you, thank you for your wonderful talent and especially your willingness to share it with all.


    I love your music. You get the words, melodies and musical arrangements just right. When I listen to your hymns, it takes me to another place – a peaceful one. With my headphones on, sitting on the train, watching the comings and goings of everyone, i catch myself gazing somewhat lovingly at the people around me – perhaps a tiny tiny glimpse of how our Saviour sees us. Thank you especially for making your songs freely available.

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