Thursday, February 7, 2008

A song that was meant to be. *added video*

The news had told a little bit about this song, the day of Pres Hinckley's funeral. Then two different people sent me this today! I was SO touched I wanted to share it with you all. Here is a copy of the sheet music.

Here is video I took of the funeral on TV. It's really bad, you can hear Jack talking in the background, and see the reflection of my living room, but it really is meant just so you can hear the song. Enjoy!!

This is from an email from Janice Kapp Perry(the composer of the music) from before the funeral...

During President Hinckley's funeral, the Tabernacle Choir will be singing a hymn with text written by President Hinckley, which I set to music in December. I would like to share the story of it with you:

About two months before my niece Kathy Blacker died, on January 11, 2008, she found a three-verse poem by President Hinckley among her files. Although she was resigned to dying, she had some fears about the dying process and his words greatly comforted her—especially the second verse, which described exactly what she was feeling. She wrote to Pres. Hinckley's office to ask permission to have the poem printed on her funeral program, and she received a very nice letter from his secretary Don H. Staheli saying that President Hinckley gave his permission for her to do so. The letter also conveyed some very comforting words from Pres. Hinckley which were helpful to helpful to Kathy in her final weeks, and he said he would remember Kathy in his prayers.

Then Kathy suggested that I write and ask permission to give the poem a hymn setting. I did so, and Brother Staheli conveyed President Hinckley's permission for me to write the hymn. After offering some heartfelt prayers that I might be able to write appropriate music for his profoundly beautiful and moving text, I wrote the hymn setting and sent a copy to President Hinckley's office for approval at the end of December. I received no immediate response.

Kathy passed away January 11 and after her funeral I sent a copy of her funeral program to President Hinckley's office so he could see how nicely his poem was displayed along side my brother Gary Kapp's painting of Christ.

When I heard President Hinckley had passed away last Sunday night I was feeling a little sad to think I hadn't received a letter with his official approval. But the very next day after his passing, the hoped-for letter arrived with his approval, his permission for me to publish it in a future volume of my series Inspirational New Hymns for Choir and Home, and leaving it to my discretion as to whether to submit it to the Church Music Division. The timing was so unusual and I was extremely grateful to receive the letter as a tender mercy in my life.

Then on Monday afternoon Craig Jessop, Tabernacle Choir Director, heard about the hymn and had his office call me to obtain a copy of the hymn for consideration for President Hinckley's funeral. On Tuesday, while traveling in California, I learned that the hymn would be performed by The Tabernacle Choir at President Hinckley's funeral on Saturday.

Having seen the great comfort this hymn brought to my niece who died just two weeks before President Hinckley passed away, my great desire is for people throughout the world to have a free copy of these magnificent words of President Hinckley to comfort them in times of the loss of loved ones. This is just one more way his influence could be felt down through time.


Mel said...

Very interesting to me because Kathy was in my ward and her mother is my visiting teacher. Janice Kapp Perry is extremely talented, isn't she? I am printing out the song. Thanks!

Shanna said...

I know this story is just amazing isn't it? I love how the Lord works. Janice Kapp Perry is just so inspired. I am glad that she is sharing it with the world.

Cindy said...

Wow, thanks for sharing that very touching story. I had no idea the story behind that song.

Molly Sue said...

I just read down the whole page. All the way to your rant about dumb-asses who don't shovel (Hey, I resemeble that remark...OK I FINALLY bought a snow blower after living in this house 9 years, I'm slow, what can I say?)

Forgive the tangential moment, what I wanted to comment on, besides every post..I agree with everything you have posted...The picture of the boys ten years ago, made me cry. We've been friends a LONG time. You kick ass girl. You are, without question, one of my heroines.

Anonymous said...

This poem is so beautiful, and the music fits so well. President Hinckley had so many talents and gave us so many gifts. I am sure that this piece will be added to the standard repertoire list for years to come.