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Since we have a Movie/TV thread, thought I'd start one for music (secular or religious) .
1. What music lifted you today (or this week)? 2. What did your music mean and/or do for you?
(If this thread gets legs...any chance it might get pinned?)1. Danny Gokey's typical upbeat joy in a song like this (If You Ain't In It)
Helped me considerably over a struggle the last few days - helping to rapidly transform hurt and indecision into hope, cheer, and clarity/resolve. Reinforced some important and otherwise-difficult decisions.
By Bernard Gui
My grandfather Heber H. DePriest and his father-in-law William Orson Crowther lived in the LDS colonies at Sanford and Manassa, Colorado.
They were both musicians. William played violin, Heber played violin, cello, clarinet, and saxophone. Heber was a also a member of the Denver
and Rio Grande Railroad Band that played concerts up and down the rail line between Denver and New Mexico.
They played for dances and in bands in their church and community. William's daughter, Mabel, Heber's wife, played
and taught piano and also performed in the bands. The Manassa Mormons were mostly immigrants
from Tennessee (Cane Creek Massacre area). Heber's dad James was the Cane Creek branch president, but left for Zion with his family and
his brother and his family just before the massacre. They got as far as Denver when Brigham Young sent instructions to head south
and establish Mormon colonies in southern Colorado. The Crowthers had immigrated from Denmark and England and had been sent
to Fountain Green, Utah, and then to Colorado. [EDIT] Sanford (not Manassa) was famous for it's dance hall...the Mormon settlers built the floor on carriage
springs so that it bounced up and down when they danced. It was also famous as the birthplace of the boxer Jack Dempsey. My grandfather
knew him as a boy. The Church sent music missionaries to the colonies to teach piano, organ, singing, and instrumental music. Mable was
trained on the piano by Spencer Cornwall, Tabernacle organist. She was a very good pianist who served her ward for at least 60 years and taught most of
the kids in Manassa how to play. She exchanged lessons for food during the Depression. William and Heber wrote many of their fiddle tunes and some
songs in four music folio books. My mother saved them, and now I am transcribing them to a digital form to preserve them for posterity. I finally get to
make some practical use of my MA in music history. I just completed a very interesting song that offers a peep into the lives of some second-generation
Mormons living in the colonies. It's called The Junior-Explorer Pep Song, words and music by Mark H. Nichols. I haven't researched him, so I don't know
anything about him. I'm guessing the song comes from around 1910-1920. I am attaching the song so you can see it, and perhaps sing it with some friends or with the youth....
I was surfing YouTube and happened upon this James the Mormon channel. He's apparently a rap artist -- but it's not the kind of rap that curdles yer brain, and on the About page he writes: "I'm not a rapper." Not gangsta, in other words. So it's rap but isn't rap. Sounds a bit like rap -- rhyming and the beat is rap, but whatever. It's actual music. I kind of like it. Which perhaps says something, because I am no fan of this style of music.
Here's a music video featuring David Archuleta: