Sacred Sunday: The Messiah

In another lifetime, a boy asked me to go with him to a community choir that was singing Handel’s Messiah. I had done Messiah sing-a-longs in Utah before, but we pretty much just hit the high parts of his work, and I never paid close attention to what I was singing.

This choir gave me the chance to really connect with the text and actually learn how to sing the alto parts on all the songs, instead of just kind of looking around for whatever note I happened to land on, be it alto, tenor, bass, or soprano.

Most everyone is familiar with the Hallelujah chorus, but less familiar with the rest. So here’s my two favorite pieces. The first one I love because it’s an alto solo, which hardly ever happens (skip to 5:00 for the choir to join in). And the second one I love because of the scripture it’s taken from–Isaiah 53:4.

Sacred Sunday: Mormon Pop Music

No, today’s music choice is not about The Killers or Neon Trees. Those are rock bands whose members happen to be Mormon. Today is about a singer whose music is poppy with very Mormon lyrics–Cherie Call.

She writes lyrics in a way that goes beyond a simple ABAB rhyme scheme. Telling the story is much more important to her than rhyming, and the result is just flat-out gorgeous lyrics. Makes me jealous.

I love this song and the stories she tells of the women far back in her family tree.

Sacred Sundays: The Lower Lights

I love the soft, slow sacred music as much as the next music fan, but every now and then, I need something with a little more oopmh on my Sundays.

Enter the Provo music consortium known as The Lower Lights. This is a group of LDS musicians–some famous, some not–who gather occasionally and revamp hymns not only of our faith, but also hymns of other Christian faiths.

Their two CDs are often my soundtrack traveling to my church building on Sunday mornings, but sometimes even during the week when I need a spiritual booster shot, I’ll listen to their music.

There’s so many I love that it’s so hard to pick just one favorite. So I picked two. Enjoy.

Sacred Sunday: MoTab

This weekend was the LDS church’s General Conference, in which I sat on the couch and watched/listened/slept to 8 hours of church. In three of the two-hour sessions, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir provided the music. Today they sang this song, one of my favorites. If you like Jesus, you’ll like this one.