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More about Rick Graham:
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.
Song background:

When I sat with my wife and watched the General Women's Meeting at home and heard Sister Linda K. Burton's talk "Help is Wanted", I knew I wanted to make a song out of it. I originally had these words, which work in pretty much exactly what Sister Burton said: Help is wanted, to raise our children strong, Help is wanted, to move God's work along - To the living and also to the dead Our work here on this earth will never end. Help is wanted, to give a gentle hand, Help is wanted, to make us understand - That all those lost and wand'ring on their way, Are God's children; who need out help each day. Help is wanted, to heed promptings, and do, Help is wanted, to live the gospel too. With kept cov'nants we all can humbly say We are God's disciples; we will obey. Now those lyrics are pretty good, but every time I sat down to write music to those words, I basically got nothing. I also got the impression that I need to turn this into a much more simplified tune which Primary children can relate to. These young souls are our hope and future. So, with that in mind, a tune immediately popped into my head literally an hour ago. I wanted to have a song where the children sing a verse, the teachers sing a verse and then everybody sings the final verse.And this is the end result: Help is wanted, the gospel shared each day, Help is wanted, I'll listen and obey. I will be an example to my friends, Showing them that Jesus is my friend. Help is wanted, I'll show a gentle hand, Help is wanted, I'll help you understand - That right choices you make can pave the way For your good in all you do and say. Help is wanted, we'll live the gospel, true, Help is wanted, we'll read the scriptures too, We will pray to our Father, and to see as His Disciples, we will always be. I hope you like it. Please send any comments. You can always subscribe to my music offerings via "follow by email" link on the right side.

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Lyrics: Help is wanted, the gospel shared each day,
Help is wanted, I'll listen and obey.
I will be an example to my friends,
Showing them that Jesus is my friend.

Help is wanted, I'll show a gentle hand,
Help is wanted, I'll help you understand -
That right choices you make can pave the way
For your good in all you do and say.

Help is wanted, we'll live the gospel, true,
Help is wanted, we'll read the scriptures too,
We will pray to our Father, and to see as His
Disciples, we will always be.
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