Sure, that will be fine, I say. But then, I have to make good. I actually need to find arrangements for the ones they chose -- of course they chose the hymns I just suggested titles and assumed there would be a fantastic arrangement already in existence. The search really begins in earnest at this point. It's my fault that I just assume that there will always be an arrangement out there to suit our needs. And that's when I get let down. After searching and searching, I regularly DON'T find an arrangement that will work for our group and situation. (sigh)
"I Know That My Redeemer Lives" seems like a hymn that would have multiple arrangements for SATB Choir, Organ and Congregation. And there were many, many versions - SAB, SA, Unison, straight out of the Hymnbook with piano accompaniment, piano solos, even one with Guitar tablature. But I was looking for something very special for my last Stake Conference with my YSA youth.
So, because I had so little time, I reworked my own duet arrangement that I had already done years ago that already had organ accompaniment. We rehearsed and rehearsed and sounded quite good. They really sang their testimonies of the Savior. The youth have wonderful voices and good sight-singing skills. We were prepared for Stake Conference, but not for what actually happened. The weekend of Conference, my husband died. I was not able to be there to direct them in performance. Fortunately, one of the young men was primed to take over for me. I will miss them so much!
Those wonderful youth sent me such touching love notes:
Sister Bailey, While you are not here physically, we feel your powerful presence in the arrangements shared today. This is a very trying time for you and your family. Heavenly Father knows you and is aware of all of them. His work will continue on and you will continue to feel His love through all of it. We love and support you and your family.
I have been thinking of you and trying to channel your love for music and for the Savior today as we sing. Thank you for sharing your talents. We’re praying for you and your family.
Sister Bailey, Thank you for leading us, and for picking such inspiring and beautiful music. These songs have allowed many to feel the Spirit and God’s love very strongly.
Thank you so much for your example of love and faith in the Savior. You bring the Spirit for others to feel. God will bless you!