"This Is the Christ," music by Marshall McDonald

When your task is as daunting as interpreting the life of Jesus Christ through music, it's nice to have support from fellow artists throughout the centuries.  Taking inspiration from the religious paintings of Carl Bloch and drawing from the melodies of timeless hymns, LDS composer Marshall McDonald uses his gifts with piano and orchestra to create a moving and meditative narration of the life of the Master in "This is the Christ."

In this interview you'll hear Marshall describe how he tells a story through music, whether or not he thinks the young people of today "get" the hymns, and why he didn't feel ready to tackle some moments in the life of Christ without benefit of the timeless melodies found in the hymns.

Direct download: cs-marshallmcdonald.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:46pm MST

A Musical Christmas Card for 2010

A Musical Christmas Card for 2010

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 timeless Christmas music.

It's read by my neighbor, Myron Hassard, affectionately known as "Haz" by all the people in our ward, who think of him as our ward Grandpa.

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

Direct download: cs-christmas2010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm MST

"This Is The Christ," by Paul Thomas Smith

In this engaging new book, author and historian Paul Thomas Smith has created my Christmas pick of the year--a text that is comfortingly familiar, yet filled with the bits of history and insight a life-long scholar can add to the narrative to make it vivid and alive in our minds and hearts; a book families and students of the scriptures can enjoy for years to come.  And the illustrations drawn from the religious paintings of Carl Bloch are the perfect accompaniment to the text throughout.

Why were shepherds despised in New Testament times?  Was there really no rooster that crowed three times for Peter?  Was Luke wrong about the census?  Listen as the author discusses all of this and more.

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

Direct download: cs-thisisthechrist2010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm MST

"The Master's Hand," a Once-in-a-Lifetime Exhibit of Carl Bloch Altar Paintings

It's been years in the making, but Dawn Pheysey, Curator of Religious Art for the BYU Museum of Art, can still hardly believe they are all displayed here together for the first time in history; five of the eight huge Carl Bloch masterpieces which have graced churches across Denmark and Sweden for over a hundred years.

In this walk-through of the exhibit we'll hear the history of the pieces, learn about the other Bloch paintings and etchings in the show which have been beloved by Latter-day Saints for half a century, and try to answer the question Danish priests have asked for years, "What is it the Utah Mormons see in these paintings?"  

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

Direct download: cs-carlblochexhibit2010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:47pm MST

"Promise Me" by Richard Paul Evans

If you've ever had a New Year's Eve where all you wanted to do was warm up some enchiladas for dinner and then go to bed, then you can relate to Beth, the protagonist of "Promise Me."  After a year when tragedy seems to have moved in as a permanent companion, an unusual meeting at a 7-Eleven starts a whole new relationship that will change everything in her life and present her with a choice she never could have imagined.

With 16 books in a row on the New York Times Best Seller lists, you could either play it safe and stick to a formula, or you could do what author Richard Paul Evans has done and take the risk of giving your readers something new and unexpected.  The fact that "Promise Me" is currently number four on the Best-seller list seems to show it was a risk worth taking.

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

Direct download: cs-promiseme.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm MST

"My Christmas Wish," New Music from Alex Boye

Singer and entertainer Alex Boyé takes you back to your childhood (if you're old enough to remember music on vinyl) with crooner-style Christmas standards, plus puts his own stamp on "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and the original title track.

You'll love his smooth take on holiday favorites like "Christmas Time is Here" from the Charlie Brown Christmas special and the interview features the added bonus of Christmas remembrances and testimonies, including a remarkable "Christmas of Two-Hundred Haircuts."

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

Direct download: cs-alexboyechristmas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am MST

LDS 12-Step Conference at UVU - with Phil and Colleen Harrison

LDS Twelve-Step Conference to be Held at UVU in Orem, UT, Next Week

What is addiction?  What are the Twelve Steps?  How do they fit together with the gospel?

As authors of books on using the Twelve-Step process to receive healing and recovery through the atonement of Jesus Christ, and as recovering addicts themselves, Phil and Colleen Harrison are the perfect guides to share the hope available to sufferers of addiction everywhere.  In a candid and informative interview, you'll learn about the free Twelve-Step Conference to be held at UVU on August 13th and 14th of this year, plus find out about ongoing resources at Heart-t-Heart.org.  That's where you can for a .pdf flier of the conference schedule and topics.

Whether you're interested for yourself or a loved one, whether you struggle with an addiction or compulsion or not, there is much here to learn about humility, about how closely the Lord walks with us in our weaknesses, and what it really means to have "weak things become strong," as the Lord promises in the book of Ether.
That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...

Direct download: cs-hearttheart2010.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am MST

BYU Virtual Tours - with John Starrs and John Livingstone

BYU Church History professor John Livingstone had long had a vision of sharing the history and sites of the Restoration with people everywhere on the globe, and when videographer John Starrs moved into his ward it seemed that both the right people and the right technologies were coming together to make it happen.

Along with their well-known co-writers Jeffrey Marsh, Lloyd Newell, Craig James Ostler, and David Whitchurch, they've now released "Salt Lake City, Ensign to the Nations" in book form, on DVD, have a walking-tour guidebook for Salt Lake City, and perhaps most far-reaching, the new BYU Virtual Tours website with new information added each week.  You can even go online and visit http://virtualtours.byu.edu while you hear our guests explain the origins and challenges of the project, tell of the prestigious award their creation recently won, and, most importantly, talk about the church history we are each called to be part of today.

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

Direct download: cs-byuvirtualtours.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm MST

RootsMagicEssentials - The free family history program certified for FamilySearch ‚ÄčLots of folks who want to get started on their family history have the same hold up; how do they choose between computer software options they've never tried? Now Bruce Buzbee, President of RootsMagic, has made it easy to discover--for free--if their family history program is right for you.

Bruce tells how you can download RootsMagic Essentials for free.  After that, you can use it for an unlimited time, it has unlimited space for names and information, and there are free blogs, user groups, and podcasts to help get you going and get you unstuck when you think you've hit one of those unsolvable family history mysteries.

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

Direct download: cs-rootsmagicessentials.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm MST

"The Life of Christ" - Paintings by James Tissot
Though he didn't begin his biblical works until the last 10 years of his life, French painter James Tissot managed to complete more than 700 paintings of the New Testament and the Old Testament--a project he was still engaged in at the time of his death.

Rita Wright from the BYU Museum of Art is passionate about these paintings and points out highlights from the New Testament collection opening today at the Museum and running through January 9, 2011, sprinkling in observations about Tissot's life, way of working, details of the paintings themselves, and the surprising reaction to their Paris premiere among both the clergy and the elite.  Plus, an unexpected "prophetic" connection to an edition of Tissot's illustrated bible used by two different LDS Church presidents.

Don't forget to Click Here to view the paintings discussed!

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-tissotexhibit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:13pm MST

"Song of Redeeming Love," by Dallyn Vail Bayles Whether he's toured with "Les Mis" or his current gig in "Phantom of the Opera," Dallyn Bayles always seems to find a connection with redemption in his characters.  It isn't much of a stretch at all though to find the themes of love and redemption in the life of the Savior, or in this album celebrating his atonement and the effect he has on each of us personally.

On a paternity break from "Phantom," (he and his wife Rachel just welcomed their fourth child) Dallyn talks about new versions of traditional favorites like "Come Thou Fount" and "Amazing Grace," and the more contemporary pieces he's sprinkled in, like "He'll Find a Way" and "Come Harvest Time."  It's great listening for fans of rich orchestration and a trained voice.

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

Direct download: cs-songofredeeminglove.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm MST

"Take the Mountain Down" now on CD, DVD, and on BYU-TV

The idea for this show began over 40 years ago when Don Oscarson (writer of the original Nauvoo Pageant) was driving through Cajun country in Louisiana listening to the blues, and it finally made it onstage when he matched it up with writers Marvin Payne and Steven Kapp Perry.  

This engaging, new retelling of the timeless parable of the Prodigal Son is set in Kentucky coal country and features an imaginative staging of the classic tale featuring 6 show-stopping performers who seamlessly trade off roles and instruments like they were born to do it.  "Take The Mountain Down" premiered live at BYU Education Week two years ago which led to a recent taping by BYU Broadcasting.  Don't miss it on BYU-TV Tues, May 25th, at 8 PM Mountain Time, and the following Saturday, the 29th, at 9 PM.  Also available now on CD and DVD at MarvinPayne.com

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

Direct download: cs-takethemountaindown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am MST

"Light in the Wilderness - Explorations in the Spiritual Life" by M. Catherine Thomas
Because the gospel is a constant in so many of our lives, we may hear certain words and concepts mentioned so frequently that we think we "get them," or have a complete understanding.  One of the beauties of "Light in the Wilderness, Explorations in the Spiritual Life" is the way it strips away that "veil of familiarity" and beckons us to new dimensions of enlightenment concerning even the most basic concepts of God, nature, and what we are made of.

In this wide-ranging discussion, Catherine Thomas invites fellow seekers to search behind familiar gospel words and concepts to find the spiritual realities they represent.  From sacrifice to joy, this is a journey of increasing peace and faith in the God who made us and invites us to expand our minds and spirits and become like him.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull...
Direct download: cs-catherinethomas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58pm MST

"Beautiful Dawn" by Mercy River

"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" in 5/4 time?  Yes, and it works.  Originals, hymns, and even a primary song all mixed together?  yes, and it works.  What really works is the 3-part of blend of the voices and personalities of Soni, Brooke, and Whitney, the three young mothers who make up Mercy River.

Coming into their own on their second album release, you'll hear about choosing songs, the impact of meeting LDS sisters at Time Out for Women events around the country, and why this particular kind of music feels just right for Mercy River.

That's this week on The Cricket and Seagull... 
Direct download: cs-mercyriver.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm MST

"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 MST





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