Music

Two Five Nine – AMEN – Missionary Music

259When I was a missionary in Florida, I found a tape of this group Two Five Nine. I absolutely loved the album, the music was a bit of a change from the hymns I was used to, however, you can now purchase the album on MP3 on Amazon. I was at the BYU bookstore about a year after my mission and found the CD, since I prefer CDs over digital downloads. I am glad I did since it is now out of print.

The song list is as follows:

Abide With Me – A variation the Hymn from the LDS Hymn book
Press Forward – Really nice song to listen to on a quiet Sunday afternoon
Sweet is the Work – Another variation of our Hymn
Peace I Leave With You – This is a song based on the word of the savior found in the book of John 14:27
I Need Thee Every Hour – Another Hymn Variation
A Mother’s Eyes – A tribute to mothers
These Are Angels – This is a great song that helps remind us that the Lord is watching out. This gave comfort to my wife when she was struggling
I Know That My Redeemer Lives – Another Hymn variation
Watch The Lamb – A beautiful song that that helps us remember the Savior, it is like watching a movie in your mind
Where Can I Turn For Peace – “. . . He understand me . . .” I love this variation of the popular hymn
O Lord, My Redeemer – Great song to remind us of the Savior
Two Little Boys – A lesser known song about two boys who grow up playing soldiers and become soldiers themselves. This song is fun to listen to
Amazing Grace – Not sung very often in our church meetings but beautiful none the less.
Little Innocent Lamb – Sounds like a Bible belt song to me but is really really great to listen to
There is a Meetin’ – Sounds like another Bible belt song really great

Some of the songs are a bit out of the ordinary LDS mold but I really enjoyed listening to this on my mission and really enjoy listening to it now.

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The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas

Oak Ridge Boys ChristamasA few years back, I went to the Conference Center and watched the Oak Ridge Boys performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was incredible. The choir began to raise the roof with their hand begging the Oak Ridge Boys to perform their signature song “Elvira”. The lead singers was told by the choir members that it would not be an Oak Ridge Boys concert if they did not sing the song Elvira. So they sang the song and you could see the choir rocking out. It was different to say the least.

One song that they performed stood out to me “Thank God for Kids” a simple song about how we need to treasure the moments with our children. I went to Deseret Industries and looked for  any Oak Ridge Boys albums I could find on LP (Vinyl Records).

I found the “Oak Ridge Boys Christmas”

which I fell in love with. However, old records are clunky they are cool but clunky. I listened to it over and over again last Christmas.

For family performance we found the sheet music to the song “Thank God for Kids” and sang that for our family program we do every year.

I have lots of favorite songs on the album, one that stood out to me was the song “little One” which is a song about a dad who sees his little daughter sitting next to the fire place as she dreams of Christmas and he is excited in his heart that Christmas is here for his daughter and he takes her to bed. Then it switches to Joseph and Mary. Mary rests and Joseph marvels at the new little boy and is excited in his heart that God now has taken on flesh and come into the world.

I tried to find the CD and thought I had found it but it was the wrong one there are two albums both are good but the “Oak Ridge Boys Christmas” is superior to “A Christmas with the Oak Ridge Boys” I finally went onto Amazon and actually found the right album. I look forward to listening to it this Christmas. I start celebrating Christmas at Thanksgiving.

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