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Friday, July 3, 2009

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

About this time in 2007, George's sister gave us tickets (8 of us in the Adams' family) to attend the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert in Nashville. WOW---what an incredible concert!!! I could have sat there and listened to them sing for hours and hours and hours. It was truly awesome, and brought back so many memories of my younger days singing in choirs like this one.

They sang one of my favorite songs, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." They even sang the exact same arrangement that I used to sing and that I love so much!!!! I was in heaven!!!! SO---on this day BEFORE the Fourth of July, I can't think of a better way to wish you a wonderful 4th --than to close this post with the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

"The Battle Hymn of The Republic"
Words by Julia Ward Howe and Music by Phillip Simonds

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.
He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword.
His truth is marching on.

CHORUS: Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps.
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps.
l can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps.
His day is marching on. (Repeat CHORUS)

ln the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea.
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free.
While God is marching on. (Repeat CHORUS)


UPDATE: Mom and Dad Brown Thrasher are still feeding the babies constantly---back and forth ALL day long!!!! They won't let us anywhere near that Jasmine bush right now. See that delicious lunch in the Thrasher's mouth... Those babies are crying for THAT... Think I'd rather have a burger!!!!! We're going to be out-of-town today ALL day---so I'll bet the birds fledge while we're gone. Darn!!!!!

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!!!! May God Bless You--and God Bless America!


Anonymous said...

I love to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - I know that was a tremendous experience for you. That's a great photo of the thrasher Betsy. You two enjoy your day.

Cedar ... said...

When I was in high school I sang in our mixed chorus. So I went out and bought an album (33 1/3 rpm..remember those?) of the Mormon choir. I used to sing along and search for the 2nd alto or tenor parts. Loved them. Still have the album but have nothing to play it on now. How wonderful to see them in person! The members have changed but I'll bet the sound is the same.

Dorothy said...

Great! I would LOVE to hear that choir! Hope you and George have a safe and happy 4th!!!

Janie said...

We saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir do a practice in Temple Square, in downtown Salt Lake. Even in practice they were impressive.
Hope the fledglings hold off until you're home to see, but mom and dad probably won't let you have much of a view anyway.
My swallows are still flying in and out of the nest, but I haven't seen any chicklings or heard any peeps. The eggs should have hatched weeks ago... maybe they didn't make it.

SmilingSally said...

I do hope that your baby birds wait for your return before they try to fly away.

Susie said...

I love to listen to that choir too. Unfortunately I have only heard them on t.v.

Have a wonderful day Betsy!

Unknown said...

Amen! I grew up singing that song in our family choir and get goose bumps every time I hear it! Thanks for sharing!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Love that song!!! Happy 4th girl.!!..hugs..m.

I Am Woody said...

I have always loved the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - from those days of Christmas specials long ago!!

I am busy trying to convince Vol Fan that he would truly ENJOY listening to the free concert by the Knoxville Symphony on the 4th. Wish me luck!

Unknown said...

Betsy, I'll bet those thrashers would love a supply of mealworms! He is a stunning bird!

Blessings to you and our country this Independence Day!

Meems said...

One of my favorite hymns, dear Betsy. Mine eyes have seen 'the glory of the coming of the Lord' too.

God bless you and God bless this wonderful country on this INDEPENDENCE day weekend.
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Busy Bee Suz said...

Have a wonderful weekend Betsy!!! Be safe on your travels!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th of July - Be safe & GOD BLESS!!!

marmee said...

happiest of fourths to you dear betsy.
God bless this great country we live in.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: That is a wonderful singing group. Your birds are very photogentic.

Diane AZ said...

How wonderful that you saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; they are awesome. I hope the birds wait till you get back. Have a great 4th of July!

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Anonymous said...

You have a great weekend too Betsy!

Michele said...

Have a wonderful weekend as well... be safe... have fun as well.

Hugs and kisses.

SquirrelQueen said...

It would be wonderful to hear that choir, lucky you.

Have a safe and happy 4TH.


Rose said...

I love that song, too! Thanks for reminding me of it.

Rose said...

Oh, when we raised Cheep-cheep the robin, if I ran out of night crawlers, I actually did give him a bit of hamburger now and then!

Wendy said...

What an awesome looking choir!!! Very impressive! I'd love to go there one day.

Have a happy, fun-filled and safe 4th of July weekend!!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

That would be a wonderful experience to listen to the choir...I always listen to them at Christmastime,
The birds are taking good care of their babies, I hope they don't leave while you're gone, you deserve to see at least one set of babies take flight !
Hope you have a lovely weekend, we are blessed....

Connie said...

Happy 4th of July weekend, Betsy! :)

Rambling Woods said...

I came to catch up on all my blogger friends. I feel like I have become disconnected.. Wow Betsy, you have some great birdy action in your yard and got some great photos. I want to thank you for all the supportive comments that you have left for me, I appreciate it and I want to wish you and George a very Happy 4th... hugs.. Michelle

Mormon Soprano said...

Betsey, this is a sweet post. I'm so glad you got to hear the choir in person! - God be with you, MoSop

amelia said...

Oh what wonderful stirring words to the Hymn!
I would give my right arm to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I can quite understand you must have been in heaven. I would be too!

Karin said...

That wonderful song will resonate in my heart all day!! I love singing it for it is totally amazing that HIS truth IS marching on. The enemy of our soul is a liar, but God's Truth will prevail! Glory, glory, hallelujah!

I do hope the little family in the Jasmin Bush will wait for you and parade their offspring with pride - just for you!

May you totally enjoy this day to the fullest! May your strong Independence as a country come from a total dependence on God is my prayer and wish for you and for us all. Special thanks to those who daily put their lives in God's hands so that we can all live in freedom!

Barbie ♥ said...

I just can't imagine hearing them sing - wow! What a treat!
Love your thrasher with a mouth full ;-)

Clara....in TN said...

Betsy, can you still sing? I used to sing when I was growing up, and I quit. Now I cannot carry a tune. I wish I had never stopped singing! My heart and soul still sings, but nothing comes out of my mouth! LOL

Patty said...

It was early Dec. 1998 when I flew to Salt Lake to drive back here with Dean to start our life together, His mom ask us to attend service with her at the Tabernacle on Sunday morning before we left hat afernoon. We had the honor of hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir do several Christmas songs. I have always been so happy that we attened services that day, as it was the last time we saw his mom....She died a couple of years later, and I know how much it meant to her to have her son and I at church that day.
Although I am not of that faith and my husband has not participated in it for many many years, the experience was one I enjoyed and I am glad we were able to share this time with his mom.

Joy said...

What a treat to hear them in concert. Our beautiful choir sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic this morning at church. Just amazing.
I love 4th of July patriotic church services.