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Voicing/Instrumentation: Primary Children/Primary Solo
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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.
This is a special piece for me. My eldest grandson is turning 8 in November and he is very excited about his upcoming baptism and confirmation. Since there is no way that my wife and I can attend his special event (we live in Utah and he lives in Pennsylvania), I thought the next best thing to do would be to write a song for him. I asked his mother to "interview" him about his baptism. Here is what he responded:
he is looking forward to having the holy ghost as a new best friend, and that he's excited to be the newest member of church. He said he is also excited to "be like mom and dad" and be a member of the church.
So, I started penning some lyrics in a haphazard way (without even having a clue what the tune would be) - This was last Thursday evening. I turned my lyrics over to one of my collaborators who took my choas and turned it into a wonderful song and has all the points that my grandson made. This was last Friday evening.
As I read through the words that evening, a tune started to formulate in my head. I wanted it to be a happy song because of the excitement of my grandson for this event.
I hope you like it and welcome any comments. And thanks again to Sue Anderson for her gift in turning chaotic words into a wonderful chronological song. We will miss you, Aidan but will be there in spirit. :)
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Lyrics: 1. This birthday is a special one, I'm finally turning eight!
My baptism is coming soon, and I can hardly wait!
The Bishop wants to talk to me about that special day.
When I'm confirmed, my new best friend will help me to obey.
2. I'll go beneath the water clear, washed clean from head to toe,
and rise up with my spirit pure as freshly fallen snow.
Then I'll be ready to receive a gift I cannot see:
the Holy Ghost, my new best friend to guide and comfort me.
3. While others place their hands upon my head, I will be still.
"Receive the Holy Ghost," they'll say, and joyfully, I will!
At last I'll be a member of the Church, like Mom and Dad.
The Spirit will be with me, and that makes MY spirit glad!