Bearers of God’s Holy Priesthood

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Thanks to Rick Graham for this wonderful collaboration. I wrote the words and he paired them with music in a hymn that talks about how God blesses everyone through the Priesthood.

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Come Follow Me (On the River…to Scotland)

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(The actual Loch Lomond–courtesy of visitscotland.com)

If the title of this post seems confusing, let me clarify: This arrangement of “Come, Follow Me” has the melody of the folk song “The Water is Wide”, and the accompaniment includes the tune of the folk song “Loch Lomond”.  Sort of a Come Follow Me on the high road or the low road. I hope you like the results!

Come Follow Me

Hark All Ye Nations and Blessed Assurance

“Hark All Ye Nations” started as a German hymn and is still well-loved their today. The hymn tune it was originally paired with is now sung with English lyrics.

Today, I have kept the original English translation, and have paired it with a six-eight version of the beloved hymn “Blessed Assurance”. Though this hymn tune is not in the current LDS hymnbook, it is beloved throughout many other Christian denominations.

Hark All Ye Nations Simple

I Need Thee Every Hour (Plus a Bonus)

Today, I have an SATB arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour” set to the tune of a wonderful Norwegian carol. The tune itself is both beautiful and plaintive and fits the message of the word perfectly.

I Need Thee Every Hour

As a bonus, I have also included a version of the same music with the words of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”, which is a German Christmas carol. Might be a while yet before you need to use that one, but then again, maybe you like to do Christmas in July. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir once recorded a Christmas concert in July in order to send to make into a PBS special, so it does happen.

Lo How a Rose (Simple)

When Christ Was Born in Bethlehem

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This lovely hymn appeared in the 1909 Deseret Sunday School Songs, and in the 1927, 1948, and 1950 LDS hymnals, but not the 1985 edition – which is a pity, because it is one of the very few genuinely Latter-day Saint Christmas hymn tunes, written by Ebenezer Beesley.

-Kurt Kammeyer

(Probably) The Only LDS Hymn about a Steamboat

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This is my arrangement of a ditty that was originally written in honor of “Old Hickory”, Andrew Jackson. It is scored for SATB chorus, fiddle, and banjo. The MIDI file is slightly abbreviated. This arrangement is scored for SATB chorus, fiddle, and banjo. I wrote this happy ballad in honor of Nauvoo, the Prophet, and because there are not a lot of LDS songs about steamboats.

Kurt Kammeyer
Read further history about the steamboat “The Maid of Iowa” and what it had to do with LDS Church history on the PDF.

PDF: The Maid of Iowa

All is Well

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PDF: Come, come ye Saints

Many people know that William Clayton wrote the beloved “Come, Come Ye Saints” while the Mormon Pioneers were crossing the plains. You might even know that he wrote it after hearing about the birth of his son. But what you might not know is that he adapted the words from an English funeral hymn that shared the repeated phrase “all is well”. Here’s just s sampling:

What’s this that steals, that steals upon my frame? Is it death, is it death?

That soon will quench, will quench this mortal flame, Is it death, is it death?

If this be death, I soon shall be,

From ev’ry pain and sorrow free, I shall the King of glory see, All is well, all is well!