Merry Christmas 2008! The story this week isn't breaking news even though it's good news. In fact, old or new don't really apply--it's timeless. I hope you'll have a quiet moment to relax and listen to The Christmas Story read from the New Testament, interwoven with some of my favorite Christmas music.

Simple, short, and sweet.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-christmas2008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:50am MDT

"Praise to the Man, Songs Honoring the Prophet Joseph" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir From the joyful opening strains of "The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee," to its more somber conclusion, this new release from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square commemorates the life and mission of Joseph Smith, called the prophet of the Restoration by Latter-day Saints everywhere.  The release date of December 23rd also marks the Prophet's birthday in 1805 in Sharon, Vermont.

For those not familiar with the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called “Mormons” or “Latter-day Saints,” the role of a Prophet is very important—like Moses to the Israelites, or Peter and Paul to the early Saints. The first of these, the one called by God to Restore the ancient church in the latter days, was Joseph Smith, Jr.

Besides the cover painting by David Lindsley, the CD booklet is beautifully illustrated inside with 9 full-color paintings by Jon McNaughton and includes a short history of the life and times of Joseph Smith.

Music Director and Arranger Dr. Mack Wilberg talks about the song choices and the arrangements in this album of LDS classic hymns such as "Joseph Smith's First Prayer," "An Angel From on High," and the title hymn, "Praise to the Man."  Also included are two children's songs, as well as the millennial hymn "Adam-ondi-Ahman," and of course "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief."

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull.

Direct download: cs-mtcpraisetotheman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:46pm MDT

"Popcorn Popping" with Marvin Goldstein In nearly 5 decades of performing, pianist Marvin Goldstein has delighted audiences with his often whimsical interpretations of LDS Primary songs. Now with 'Popcorn Popping' he puts them all together into a collection that's fun without being silly--a musically smart and surprisingly sophisticated children's CD that may please adults best of all.

Together with acclaimed woodwind artist Daron Bradford, Marvin brings you 24 playful selections including 'Popcorn Popping,' 'Book of Mormon Stories,' 'Handcart Blues,' 'In the Leafy Treetops,' and a whole bunch more.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-mgpopcorn.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:43pm MDT

"Candlelight Christmas" at This Is The Place Heritage Park For whatever reason, People Present always seem to remember Christmases Past with a certain nostalgia and longing. Are we reaching for a moment of childhood magic to relive? To connect with family and home in a way we rarely have time to anymore?

Whatever the reason, "Candlelight Christmas" at This Is The Place Heritage Park is a chance for everyone to step back into a simpler time and place and celebrate a pioneer Christmas by making crafts, learning a pioneer dance in the school house, hearing live carolers, riding a train to Brother Brigham's house for hot cider. There's something for everyone at Candlelight Christmas!

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-candlelightchristmas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:20am MDT

"Rejoice and Be Merry" with Mack Wilberg, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  and The King's Singers Combining a world-famous choir and orchestra with the world-renowned King's Singers was both a joy and a challenge for Tabernacle Choir director Dr. Mack Wilberg. Besides waving the baton and keeping everyone together, he also did the bulk of the beautiful arrangements on this new holiday release (also available on DVD).

Dr. Wilberg shares his approach to arranging for the choir, points out a few musical highlights from this new production, and talks about the privilege of doing the work he does.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...



Direct download: cs-rejoicemerry.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36pm MDT

"Love Like That" with Daniel Beck His range and repertoire make the Josh Groban comparisons unavoidable, but Daniel Beck's debut CD "Love Like That" definitely shows a polished and passionate performer who can stand on his own on any stage or in any recording studio.

Dan talks about singing, recording, and finding songs about love that fit right in-between the personal and the religious. The CD is available for download or purchase, plus, he has an upcoming premier concert/benefit performance in Salt Lake City.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...



Direct download: cs-danbeck.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:44pm MDT

"If I Only Had Today" with Hilary Weeks For her seventh CD, singer/songwriter Hilary Weeks decided not to stress, not to stay awake worrying (and crying) about whether the songs would come, but simply to trust they would and keep moving.

It's a nice metaphor for all sorts of experiences which take us to the edge of our worries and weaknesses and ask us to step off—into what? That's what these songs are all about. Plus, a story about 24 yellow roses you won't want to miss.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...



Direct download: cs-onlyhadtoday.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:25pm MDT

YourLDSradio.com Goes Live Monday, Nov.3, 2008! The best thing about radio is that it's free. The best thing about the internet is how it can connect you to people and places and knowledge around the world.

This coming Monday morning you'll experience the best of radio and the internet combined when "yourLDSradio.com" starts connecting you, wherever you live, to LDS music and information 24/7 and it's all free! Program Director Sam Payne talks about the concept, the special on-demand features, and the easy-as-pie nuts-and-bolts of how anyone can access yourLDSradio.com online.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...



Direct download: cs-yourldsradio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:50pm MDT

"Hymns Anew," Music from Beyond the Zion Curtain Obviously not every accomplished LDS musician lives in Salt Lake or Utah counties, but it can be a little harder for those musical luminaries out shining their lights on distant (depending where you are) hills to catch the eye, or ear in this case, of the Saints.

This week we called Kansas City, KS, to explore "Hymns Anew," a modern acoustic treatment of LDS hymns by singer/arranger/producer Clayton Pixton and several of his talented siblings who are scattered all over the US.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...



Direct download: cs-claytonpixton.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:42pm MDT

"Mountain Blue," Southern Gospel Right From the Heart of... BYU? One is from Southern California, another from South Utah County, but that's about as Southern as most of the members of Mountain Blue get.  Still, when you hear their new CD "Mountain Blue," you'll know they all made a Southern connection with these hymns and songs.

Familiar favorites like "Amazing Grace" get the Mountain Blue treatment as well as less familiar pieces like "Roll Back the Stone," "Gospel Train," and my personal favorite, the gospel standard "Wondrous Love."

It's good gospel fun this week on The Cricket and Seagull...



Direct download: cs-mountainblue.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:44am MDT



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