If You Could Hie or O Savior, Thou Who Wearest Solo

One of favorite switches to make is trading off the melodies of “If You Could Hie to Kolob” and “O Savior, Thou Who Wearest”. In this version, you have the melody of “If You Could Hie to Kolob”, but both sets of words.


If You Could Hie to Kolob_O Savior (Solo)


Dual Arrangement: Rise Up O Men of God, Know This That Every Man if Free


The tune of “All Creatures of Our God and King” is timeless, cheerful, and naturally full of praise. I’ve adapted that tune with two classic hymns in this new arrangement.

Rise Up O Men of God_Know This That Every Man Is Free (alt)

Dual Arrangement: Jesus the Very Thought of Thee, A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief


Imagine my excitement when I saw that the tune of Wayfaring stranger fit the one hymn with the word ‘wayfaring’ in the title. It’s plaintive melody works well with the both sets of words in the following arrangement:

Jesus the Very Thought of Thee_A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief

The First Songs of Christmas and Other Gifts

I know it’s only September, but I get started on Christmas music early so people have time to prepare it before the holidays get in full swing.

First, we have a dual hymn arrangement sung to a Christmas tune with hymnbook words:

Lord We Ask Thee Ere We Part_Lord Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing (alt)

Next we have two vocal solos, set to the haunting tune of Faure’s “Pavanne”, one of my favorite pieces. There is a non-Christmas version set with the words of “Abide With Me, ‘Tis Eventide” and then the Christmas version, set with the words of “With Wondering Awe”.

Abide With Me, Tis Eventide (Pavanne)

With Wondering Awe (alt)

Finally, we have two more vocal solos. The first is set to plaintive melody of “Wayfaring Stranger”, with a bunch of other bell carols represented in the accompaniment. (See how many you can hear.) And then “The First Noel” set to a powerful Norwegian tune I first heard Sissel use.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Wayfaring Stranger) Solo

The First Noel



Folk Songs Meet Hymns


Today, I have one solo and one dual choral piece, both which combine hymns with traditional American folk songs. In my high school days, I loved singing both “Homeward Bound” and “Shenandoah”, and I’m happy nowadays that I still get to sing them with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The solo combines the words of “O My Father”, with the melody and words of “Homeward Bound”, which really mesh up nicely.

O My Father_Homeward Bound (High Voice)

The choir piece takes nostalgic hymns and pairs them with the plaintive melody of the folk song “Shenandoah.”

Each Life That Touches Ours For Good_O Home Beloved (alt)

Let me know what you think!


Angel Music


Today we have both a legacy hymn and a new arrangement, both about angels. The first is a shape note arrangement of “An Angel from on High” as Parley P. Pratt most likely intended it to be sung.

An Angel from on High

The second, is a dual hymn arrangement, to the tune of “Thou Lovely Source of True Delight”.

I Saw a Mighty Angel Fly_Arise Oh God and Shine Final