Friday, January 21, 2011

Hilary's Music List 2011: Fount of Every Blessing

Obviously, my music list is pretty varied.  I'm proud to say there's no Veggietale on it, although Dora and Blue both definitely have a home on myMP3 player (which I adore - the player, not dora and blue)

This may well be my favorite song of all time.  It's never been on the list before, and I think it's because we didn't own it.

This song was originally sung at BYU right about the time I was there.  And it was consistantly played in classes or in church and we all consistantly cried.

There are just so many happy memories, listening to it with my BFF Kendra while we laid on our beds and read scriptures (seriously, can many of you say you did that in college).  Listening to it when Drew performed it with people at BYU.  Listening to it when the Mo Tab performs it now.  I am always amazed at how the words speak to me at each stage of my life.

And that's because the truth speaks to people.

It spoke a lot to me when I listened to it before prop 8.

It speaks to me when I think about getting laid off, or when we were trying to get pregnant. 

I'm telling you what though, it's this particular arrangement of the song.  It's not when I sing it in church or hear it otherwise.

That violin line.  It's kind of haunting and reptative -- like how I live my life.  That line is me getting up and working out, reading scriptures and making lunches.  And then there's the brass... which is those amazing moments that happen, letting me know that God loves me, and no matter what's going on down here... things will be OK.

Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home....

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
 Do you have a reglious song that is your favorite?  I for one am SO glad that Mac Wilberg now directs the Mormon Tabernacle Choir... the guy does have a way with the note.  Even if I can pick out one of his arragements a room away. :)

Here it is sung at BYU with the BYU Phil.

** K, favorite part of this video -- is the girls that cry near the end.  I mean, what other musical presentation would they ENCOURAGE you to cry at?  I would guess most other places would discourage it... not BYU.  But don't have a shiny head.  (seriously, when Drew did a video with them one year they said that if you were bald they'd prefer you prevented "illumination" with powder).  Mac, was obviously screwed. :)


  1. This was Roberta's favorite, as well; we sang it as the opening hymn at her funeral. I have always loved it, but when I hear it now it takes on new meaning because of her and because of you. Deep thanks for sharing. Love you!

  2. As i sit here crying in the dark, let me rephrase: Deepest, deepest gratitude for sharing this video, with your interpretation of the strings and brass; I really am moved more than I can say.

  3. I LOVE this song. I hadn't heard it till my first year at Ricks, and when I heard it I couldn't believe it wasn't it the hymn book anymore. It is a truly powerful song of praise.

  4. I'm so glad I couldn't read any of your blog the other day so I could hear this today. What a perfect way to start this Sunday morning!

  5. Hey! I'm in that video you know, just no close ups, unfortunately. :)

    Also, Mack had to borrow my good friend's powder for his head. True story.

  6. I LOVE this song, too. I feel inspired every single time I hear it and every arrangement I've heard of it as well. So beautiful.


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