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I am a self-taught pianist that originally hails from Pennsylvania. I have a love of music that spans several decades. My Grandmother instilled in me the gift of listening to the sound of music no matter where it was. I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but sang as a young boy soprano in a boys choir for another church. Those years of learning music and techniques would forever stay with me as well as playing the recorder. I am married and am a grandfather and find great joy in my posterity. I moved to the Salt Lake area a couple years ago for employment and love it here (although I do miss my children and grandchildren terribly). I am humbled to be a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a music missionary. I have been truly blessed and acknowledge all the gifts and blessings that I enjoy to Him, my Savior.
My wife came home from her Relief Society Christmas dinner with this poem in hand. I saw that it was written by anonymous, and after doing a search, I found it to be indeed anonymous. I know it had to have a tune to go with it, so tonight I set down and started playing around. This tune formulated. It would be suitable for a unison choir - either Young Men/Women or adults. I hope you like it.
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Lyrics: A diamond shines no brighter than that lovely Christmas star.
It shines in all it's brilliance; it's seen from near and far.
A symbol of the Christ child as He lay upon the hay,
It tells to ll the waiting world a King was born that day.
Give us strength and hope and courage to do our best by far.
And never falter in our faith as we watch that Christmas star.
O Bethlehem Star keep shining.
Give us faith and hope and love.
Keep our thoughts forever turning
to the Savior up above.