Monday, October 21, 2013

Oct. 21 - Give Me Some of That Old Time Religious Music -

During my chemo treatments my good friend, Russ Kendall, producer of the show, "The Song That Changed My Life" for BYUTV (If you have a Roku box, you can watch this series without having cable/dish, etc.) would send me a message any time a new show was being released. On Sundays I would lay on the couch, bundled in a hoodie and blanket, with the space heater running, and watch and soak in the beauty of the stories and music. I would fall asleep to this music, wake, rewind, listen again and again.

I've been battling a head cold, allergies, this week, so I was home in my robe with oils and heat trying to get better. Uber-protective Scott has been home with me. We just learned  Kaleidescope Picture's show on Howard Jones, won a regional Emmy - whoot (you can watch it on Vimeo here)! Scott and I watched 3 of these shows again, and I'm touched, almost to tears, with the message and the music. I can't think of any better way to touch my heart than with stories and music. Russ' and crew's assembling of these genres is amazingly beautiful.

When I couldn't read, watch a movie, or visit, I turned on music. Music soothed my soul, still does. So I've been thinking about religious music that has affected me -

Hymns: Particularly - Be Still My Soul; Lord, I Would Follow Thee.

Instrumentals: I love Mark Geslison's acoustic arrangements of spiritual tunes. Mark is an amazing musician and teacher, having perpetuated the love for the simple tunes and stellar playing in hundreds of youth, including my Tyler and Jenna, who performed for years with two other musicians, Russell and MaKenzie, as Blue Roots, for several years.

My all time favorite "hymn" is Bill Staines', "All God's Creatures Got a Place in the Choir." 

And I am definitely a fan of old-time gospel music. Tunes from the Louvin Brothers, the Cash Family, cowboy gospel songs, and southern gospel music touch my soul. The recent revival of this music in Utah, with the help of The Lower Lights, has been refreshing.

I feel my Father's love speak to me through these tunes -

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