No, It’s not “Praise to the Man”…It’s “Israel, Awake!”

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Though this tune is also based on “Scotland the Brave” just like “Praise to the Man”, there are certainly differences. The words are completely different as well as the message. Enjoy this forgotten gem.

Israel Awake from Thy Silent, Long Slumber

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The Original Tune of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief”

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I was surprised this year to learn that the beloved hymn “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” was altered from its original form sung at the time of Joseph Smith before appearing in the current LDS Hymnbook. I lived in Illinois and have visited Carthage Jail, in the very room where John Taylor sung this hymn at Joseph’s request just before the mob attacked the jail, killing Joseph and Hyrum.

What follows is a follow-up on a previous post about what is likely the closest version of what John Taylor actually sang that day. I have arranged it as a solo and a men’s trio.

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A Poor Wayfaring Man Legacy Version

Mortals, Awake! Joseph Smith’s Last Christmas

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The Prophet and his family were serenaded by this song on December 25th, 1843 – the Prophet’s last Christmas.

-Kurt Kammeyer

PDF: Mortals Awake

 

(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!

 

Come, Thou Glorious Day of Promise

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This beloved LDS Hymn first appeared in our Manchester Hymnal some time between 1847 and 1887; it has been included in every LDS hymnal since that time, set to the tune RUTH. Here is an alternate arrangement, set to an earlier shape-note tune entitled SABBATH MORNING. It first appeared with a article in the Times and Seasons, written by Alexander Neibaur, who was one of the first Jewish converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a friend to Joseph Smith. It is based on a text from the Psalms. 
Kurt Kammeyer

PDF: Come Thou Glorious Day of Promise

Now Let Us Rejoice the Original Way

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If you tried singing “Now Let Us Rejoice” in its original form, you might have had a hard time with it. The notesid not line up with the words. Here we have a fixed arrangement that preserves the original melody and the singers sanity.

PDF: Now Let Us Rejoice