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New Year’s Resolutions
January 8, 2013

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Some people make resolutions to exercise more or eat better. Others like to give up a bad habit or decide to learn something new. Often times the resolve to change lasts only a few days or weeks, and sometimes it is hard to keep on top of goals.

One goal you might want to consider is to do a small act of kindness each day. This goal is an easy one to keep and makes you feel great AND has the added bonus of helping someone else out, too. Your daily good deed doesn’t need to be big, and it doesn’t need to take a lot of time, either. Just go out of your way to do something you wouldn’t normally do to help someone else. You can listen to the wonderful hymn “Have I Done Any Good In the World Today?” for inspiration:

1. Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
[Chorus]
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
2. There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

I heard the Bells
December 15, 2012

The events of yesterday with the mix of the Christmas season make for a sad heart. I found great joy in the hymn “I heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, especially the lyric that reads:

“Then in despair I bowed my head, ‘There is no peace on Earth,’ I said, For hate is strong and mocks the song of Peace on Earth, good will to men. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep, God is not dead nor doth he sleep, The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, With peace on earth good will to men.”

This great hymn has a tragic backstory, but the poem that came from it is something that gives comfort in these days of sorrow. Please read the backstory of the hymn at this link and have the song in your mind as you go throughout the rest of the Christmas season. God is real and true and I know those sweet children and brave adults are with Him. May you have peace and joy in the Lord.

Submit your music!
December 5, 2012

Did you know that we are accepting music to be added to LDSMusicNow library? There is a small fee and simple approval process. If you or someone you know has music that is a good fit in our LDS Music library, please send them the following link: http://www.ldsmusicnow.com/join/ We would love to hear more and expand our library.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us here: http://www.ldsmusicnow.com/help/

Grateful for…
November 25, 2012

As this month comes to a close, and this holiday weekend wraps up, us here at LDSMusicNow have a lot to be grateful for. We are especially grateful for our fans and customers that make doing what we love possible! So thank you for the support and the feedback. We hope to bring new and exciting content to keep you coming back for years to come!

We especially want to share with you our free downloads this week: “O Holy Night” and “Gentle Jesus” as this Christmas season begins. You can catch those files this week by clicking here. Also stay tuned throughout the month for other LDSMusicNow favorites. Happy holidays!

Topping the LDSMusicNow Charts!
November 1, 2012

Have you heard Emma Mead sing? Right now her rendition of the song “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” is our #1 Top Song. It is a darling rendition of a song with a great message. You can listen to it here. The description says, “In the early 1930’s, the world fell in love with a little girl named Shirley Temple. Now more than 70 years later, it’s time for another little sweetheart to steal our hearts, and her name is Emma Mead. At the age of six, and starting the first grade, Emma’s releasing her first CD, Who Am I.” You can preview all of the tracks from the album by clicking on the music note next to each song.

What is your favorite song from the album? How did you hear about Emma Mead?

What is the difference?
October 24, 2012

I was listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing I am a Child of God the other day. Then I realized something — someone can be singing the same words with the same melody, but it doesn’t always touch our hearts the same. I mean, the feeling that you get when you listen to your three-year-old sing the lyrics while they’re playing with their toys is different that the awe you have when you listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing it. Neither is bad — and I don’t think either is preferable over the other — but it is surely different.

So, the question is: what is the real difference? Is it really the “same” song in each of these instances? Have any of you had a similar experience?

Conference & Acousics
October 6, 2012

Back when I was in college, I thought it was a good idea to take an acoustics class — the physics and qualities of sound waves. I am happy to say that I passed, but I am not sure that it was deserved. I was talking about the Conference Center and it reminded me about a study that my professor was doing when I took his class in 2004. In 2007 they completed their study and they installed a new sound system that is much more functional for the music in the space. As fellow music-lovers, I thought you may be interested in learning more too! Click here for a link to an article about it.

And we hope that everyone has a relaxing and peaceful Conference Weekend. We can’t wait to hear all of the beautiful music! What is your favorite part?

Feeling Dated
September 19, 2012

I walked past the Primary room a few weeks ago and didn’t recognize the song they were singing. I understand that there are new songs to sing and I don’t know every song in the Children’s Songbook, but I suddenly felt old. I remember my parents saying, “You don’t know the words to ‘Give said the Little Stream’?!” And now I kind of feel the same way about “A Child’s Prayer” and “When He Comes Again”. It is so funny how things change and we all are in the circle of life. Wether or not we want to admit to it, however, is another story.

I am going to start playing more of the Primary music from my childhood. This album or this album from Insideout A-cappella would be a nice addition to our home.

What songs do you remember from your childhood in Primary? What songs do your kids not yet recognize?

LDS Hymns are Doctrine
September 7, 2012

When we are younger, we are encouraged to memorize the 13 Articles of Faith to help us better understand the things our Church believes. But we are also taught dozens of songs for the same purpose.

In Sunday School someone said, “But in this hymn… such-and-such…” and I wondered a little more about that. Obviously all of the Hymns in the Hymnal are approved, but are their lyrics considered doctrine?

I came across this article entitled “LDS Hymns — Worshiping with Song” from Franklin D Richards in October 1982. Essentially? Yes, hymns are doctrinal and scripturally based, and from my understanding/interpretation, they are gospel truth. The talk states, “President Heber J. Grant, in discussing the matter, said: “No individual singer, or organization of singers, in the Church, should ever render a selection unless the words are in full harmony with the truths of the gospel, and can be given from the heart of the singer. In other words, our songs should be in very deed ‘Prayers unto the Lord.’”

Also, our LDS hymns bear witness that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, did appear to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and that he was and is a great prophet through whom the gospel in its fulness was restored…. As we sing our hymns, let us be conscious of the beauty and import of each hymn, and as we do, our singing will deeply move our souls, bring us in closer harmony with the Holy Spirit, and strengthen our testimonies.”

So I don’t know if you had that question, but now you have the answer!

 

Babies are even Choristers
August 31, 2012

Taking a 16-month-old to church is… quite the experience. It is a miracle if you get to listen to two complete sentences from the pulpit without them stealing your attention. Relief Society is laughable — especially since my little one is the only child in there! I have written before about how the music at church is the spiritual upliftment I get on Sundays. But the cutest thing happens around this age: the baby starts to pay attention to the chorister and try to lead the music too! Both of my kids have done this and, I must confess, it is just darling.

I laugh because leading music is really simple — so simple, that babies are picking up on it! I laugh when “no one” knows how to lead the music. If you don’t, the church has a great interactive resource (located here) on how to conduct. You should use, share and reference this great resource!

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