I remember singing “Come, Follow Me” as a missionary at an investigator’s house with my companion. I could tell by the look on her face that she didn’t understand. I had grown up singing it and didn’t realize just how deep the words are in some of the verses.
I’ve never been partial to the original melody and so I rearranged it to the tune of “The Water is Wide”, a popular folk song.
Here’s the original version:
And here’s my new version:
Come Follow Me (alt) SATB
When I first decided to arrange hymns with alternate settings, “The Lord is My Light” was one of the first ones I thought of. A melody for it popped into my mind and I had to write it down quickly. I have now put it into an SATB form, and I am very pleased with the result. I have used only the verses, leaving the refrain for the original arrangement.
The Lord is My Light (alt) SATB
I have always liked “The Day Dawn is Breaking”, especially after I sang it with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in General Conference:
I have two versions for you today.
A version in 6/8 and 3/4 that is simpler: The Day Dawn is Breaking 6_8
And a trickier version in 7/8 and 3/4: The Day Dawn is Breaking 7_8
O Little Town of Bethlehem SATB (Tune: All Through the Night)
Silent Night SATB (Tune: Suo Gan)
Joy to the World SATB (Tune: My God, My Portion, and My Love)
O Come All Ye Faithful SATB (Tune: Ode to Joy)
I know that most of the world wouldn’t even dream about Christmas music in September, but ward choirs, you might want to start think about it. Here are four offerings of Christmas carols set to familiar tunes that might help you present a fresh performance of familiar Christmas words.
Today we have a simple SATB arrangement of “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”, set to another Easter hymn called “Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise”, which I learned with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Here’s a video of the original:
Christ the Lord is Risen Today SATB
Today we have a plaintive arrangement of “I Stand All Amazed” using the folk song “Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort”. It has a different feel than the one most often in use, and I hope that it conveys the awe of the Savior’s sacrifice.
I Stand All Amazed Simple
I recently listened to Elder Bednar’s address at BYU Education Week entitled “Share Goodness”. My frequent collaborator, Rick Graham had the idea to write a hymn based on the principles found in this talk, about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ however you can.
He wrote a cheerful hymn setting, and I provided the words based on certain images and thoughts he provided me. We hope you enjoy the result!
Also be sure to check out Rick’s site at http://www.ldshappymusic.com/
And you can read Elder Bednar’s address here: https://www.lds.org/church/share/goodness