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I am thrilled to share with you that my husband and I have finished our first complete cantata together! It includes my husband’s narration and my music (some original, some arranged, some sung with the congregation). We tried to post it in time if you would like to use it for your Easter program. Here is the link to the page: “He Lives Again: An Easter Cantata” or you can just go to the website and go directly to the page called “Full Easter Cantata.”
Please let us know if you use the full program or any part of it in your upcoming Easter program! Thanks!
I have loved this poem since I first heard it quoted by President Thomas S. Monson a few years ago in a Christmas fireside. Although others have set it to music, I wanted to re-write the poetry just a bit and put it to music to emphasize my personal favorite parts of the poem.
I don’t have the sheet music for this ready yet, but I wanted to share as I created a video for it using LDS.org’s shareable for noncommercial use images. I hope you enjoy it! Merry Christmas! The first slide and part of the second don’t have any music to them, so just be aware and don’t try to turn your speakers up too high 🙂
The 2016 Mutual Theme for the LDS Church is 2 Nephi 31:20: “Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ.” My cousin was recently called as the Stake YW Camp Director and told me that their camp theme for next year goes along with this scripture; their theme is “Pressing Forward to Have Eternal Life!” I got so excited about this theme when I found out about it (yesterday!) that I just had to write a song. This was one of those treasured times as a composer when I feel this song was already composed somewhere and I just had the opportunity to write it down. I truly felt inspired and I’m so grateful for that blessing.
When my husband first heard it, he asked why I wrote the lyrics, “Steadfast WITH Christ” rather than “IN Christ;” I did this because as I read all about the mutual theme, I loved how we can picture being truly yoked with our Savior and walking through life WITH Him!
I hope you enjoy this song and you’re welcome to use it for any noncommercial purposes, but it would be great for anything your youth are involved in next year. As always, it’s free 🙂
I am excited to share this new arrangement with you! My husband, Gerrit, and I are in the process of writing an Easter cantata, and this will be a part of that! However, it’s also a great stand alone piece for any meeting focused on the Savior. I hope you enjoy it!
Again, I have tried to save our ward and stake conductor’s money and time by condensing the pages down. Please notice that the first verse is started with only the tenors, and the second verse is when the sopranos and altos get their turn. I hope my notes on the music and the verse numbers will help with any confusion 🙂
Here is a MIDI file of the the whole song (but the parts on the first two verses overlap). This file is in the correct key.
Here is a recording of me singing and playing the whole song (so you can hear which verses are where, but I sing the melody throughout). I did this recording before I realized it was a key too high, so it’s played one key higher throughout.
I call this piece “Mother’s Prayer.” I have spent countless hours on my knees praying for my children, my family, questions and concerns we have, worries, etc. and I know that you probably have as well. I wrote this music as I thought about all those prayers I have offered and continue to offer. Some are quick, most are quiet, and some are heartfelt pleading. I try to convey all of these emotions through this song.
I have been working on this piece for several months. I know I’m not going to be able to get the sheet music down for a long time, if ever, so I wanted to share the music. If you need just a peaceful music break, I hope you’ll take a listen 🙂 It starts out really soft, but gets quite loud, so don’t turn your speakers up too high 😉