Mark Hansen Music - LDS Rock Music - Free Downloads

Mark Hansen Music - LDS Rock Music - Free Downloads
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WARNING: Listening to this music doesn't require parental approval. It's a bit of clean rebellion. It keeps your outlook up and your hope alive. It's got strong drums and screaming guitars. It pumps you up and drives your life. It's a hunger for exploration. It chooses the right and returns with honor. It's music you don't have to confess to your bishop.

It's not your parents' "Saturday’s Warrior".

It's "A Joyful Noise"

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another Musical Look at the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

So, Saturday night, as I was playing Santa for our ward Christmas party, one of the Relief Society's teachers came up to me and asked me to sing the next day for her lesson.  They're covering the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, and she wondered if I could sing a few verses of "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief".

I jumped at the chance, but was a little cautious because I wasn't sure if I could play it, or learn to play it that fast.  So, with that caveat floating in the air, we agreed.

When I got home, I pulled out my guitar and gave it a go.  It turns out that you can do that tune with just two chords, the I and the V.  Piece of cake.  So, I called her and told her I could do it.  I set down and worked out the best key for me to sing it, which turned out to be F.

The next day, as I was warming up and waiting for her lesson to start, I had the idea of transitioning the last verse up a step, modulating to the II. That would be G, so the I and the V chords would still be easy to play.  I worked up a quick transition progression, and then went in and did it.  It was sure fun, and easy to do.  It was kind of a solemn, respectful feel. 

I had been a bit worried that I would choke up and have a hard time finishing, but it all went well.  I was able to remember most of the words, and I had a cheat sheet next to me to help me get through it.  All in all, for me a beautiful, spiritual moment.

Come back often to hear about new songs and shows. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including his Dutch Oven blog: Mark's Black Pot and his LDS pop culture blog: MoBoy blog.

Mark's Other Blog Posts: Mark on Parenting, Dutch Oven Curry-osity, How to Do Social Networking,

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