"Wondrous Love," from the BYU Women's Chorus
From folk to love song, from praise of nature to praise of the God who made it, "Wondrous Love," the first album release by the BYU Women's Chorus is full of delights and surprises.  There's a bit of Irish, a bit of Americana, and several beautiful hymn arrangements, including some familiar religious lyrics set to the tune of a very recognizable folk song.

In this edition, Jean Applonie, BYU music professor and the director of the group, talks about choosing voices, choosing the music, and the mission of the BYU Women's Chorus.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
 
Direct download: cs-byuwomenschorus.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:11am MDT

"Masterpiece: The Best of Julie de Azevedo"
Over the past 25 years, Julie de Azevedo has written, produced, and performed some of the most popular songs in the LDS music industry. Masterpiece, her new best-of collection, features the favorites which have connected with people around the world, plus a couple of new tunes, including "God's Signature," which are sure to bring a smile to anyone who has some life experience under their belt.

In this edition Julie talks about integrating and finding balance between the different parts of her life, why she writes what she does, and the common theme she's discovered between being a wife, a mother, a musician, a therapist, and how she's finally bringing it all together.

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

Direct download: cs-masterpiece.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10am MDT

Mormons and the New Media

Like lots of the people on the planet, Latter-day Saints find themselves swimming in more and more new technology every year.  Just consider whether you send hand-written letters or use email these days?  Do you post family pictures on Picasa or Flickr and send links to your family?  Do you update your Facebook or MySpace page when someone gets a mission call, has a new baby, or just wants to post video of little Hannah's first violin recital?
Twenty years ago if someone had talked to me about Podcasting, Blogging, and YouTube, I might have thought they were talking about farming, bodily functions, and my own personal cryogenic chamber.  These days, those words have not only become a daily part of how many of us communicate, get our news and entertainment and share what we think is important, they've also shown up in addresses by General Authorities.  And of course there are also some technologies useful to the Saints in particular; like the new Gospel Library app for iPhone, the FamilySearch website, and streaming General Conference on-demand, when it's most convenient for us to listen.
In this edition, we're asking about the technologies YOU use and HOW you use them.  In the future we'll be delving deeper into how these can both help us and hurt us, and where to draw the line.  For today though, please just take a listen, think about the new technologies which have become part of your everyday life, then send us an email to help direct where this podcast (there's one of those words again) starts exploring.  Or, just leave a comment right here on this blog.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-newmedia.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:24pm MDT

"The Eternal Christ, Truman Madsen in the Holy Land

Truman Madsen knew the scriptural history of the Holy Land as few knew it, and for his final visit before his death in 2009, he stood in the places he loved and taught from his heart, sharing a lifetime of scholarship and testimony.  Now released on DVD, this series of 8 lectures on 4 DVDs is a spiritual marvel, giving a wider audience access to his invaluable and intimate teaching.
In this edition, Truman's wife Ann--herself a lecturer on Isaiah and other subjects at BYU--tells of creating this new resource for teachers and families everywhere, of favorite moments in places both sacred and secular, and of Truman's powerful final testimony of Jesus Christ, permeating every moment of this lecture series of a lifetime.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

 

Direct download: cs-theeternalchrist.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:53pm MDT



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