"Midway to Heaven," based on the novel by Dean Hughes

Dean Hughes may be best known to readers as the author of historical fiction and teen adventure books, but this first movie version of one of his novels is based on "Midway to Heaven," a romantic story with heavenly overtones.

In this audio interview he talks about his writing habits, watching the process of "Midway to Heaven" being turned into a screenplay, and more.

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

Direct download: cs-midwaytoheaven.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:50am MDT

"Of Pigs, Pearls, and Prodigals" by John Bytheway

The objects and settings of the New Testament parables are simple, everyday items and places from the past; candlesticks, bushels, fields, and seeds—and the cast of characters is nearly as familiar; travelers, herders, rich men and poor, but the storyteller himself, the one who spun these tales which are both simple and deep, well, He was one-of-a-kind.

In this book, inspired by a visit to the Holy Land, author and speaker John Bytheway digs into the who, what, where, and why of the parables of Jesus, revealing additional meaning and application to these deceptively simple stories which have been teaching and blessing those willing to look below the surface, for centuries.

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

Direct download: cs-pigspearlsparables.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:22am MDT

"Men of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," an interview with Mack Wilberg

While it might seem strange that cutting the Tabernacle Choir in half would result in a number-one album on the Billboard Classical charts in its first week of release, that's exactly what happened.

In this audio tour of the album, you'll hear the choir's director, Dr. Mack Wilberg, talk about the decision to make the album, the rich tradition of men's choral music, and why they chose this particular balance of classical and contemporary songs, which has struck a chord with so many listeners.

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

Playlist:
1.   Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
2.   Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy
3.   The Morning Trumpet
4.   Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might
5.   Evening (Aftonen)
6.   Land-Sighting (Landkjenning)
7.   Dance a Cachuca, Fandango, Bolero (Finale from The Gondoliers)
8.   Alleluia
9.   Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhäuser
10. Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
11. Hush, Little Baby
12. You Raise Me Up
13. Beautiful Savior
14. There Is a Balm in Gilead
15. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Direct download: cs-menofthemtc.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:50pm MDT

"He Brought Me Light" new music from Janice Kapp Perry

She may be in her 70's now, but Janice Kapp Perry is still writing and going strong with her series of hymns for choir and now "He Brought Me Light," her first album release in two years.  Janice is embracing change with the inclusion of instrumental versions of the songs included in the package along with a printable .pdf version of the sheet music, and is publishing what one fellow composer called "her best song yet."

In this audio interview you'll hear excerpts of the songs, why they were created, plus details of the writing habits of this most prolific LDS composer.

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

Direct download: cs-hebroughtmelight.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:17pm MDT



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