MY MUSIC WAS FREE
For several years, I have given my music away for free. That's right - not one cent. I have been met with resistance from the "pay folks" and have been the indirect subject of how free music isn't really appreciated yadda yadda. As I have and will continue to maintain my music is my way of paying it forward. Because the Lord has blessed me with the talents and I really have no desire to make any money from my music, I have wrestled with how I can feel better about what I do and dismiss the critics. And let me say, I have no problems with those who do sell their music - just their communication on why they think that pay music is superior to free music.
So, effective immediately my music will have a cost. The format is quite simple:
If you use my music in any performance, I would request you make a donation to either the general missionary or humanitarian fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don't care if you contribute $5.00 or $.05. It's just a way to further the work of the Lord by you paying it forward. Think of the good you can do for a struggling missionary or refugee seeking refuge and safety. The scripture, "...if ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me" comes very clearly into my head.
I don't need or want to know of your contribution - that is up to you. My website will be updated with this information. I hope you find favor with this new method and pray the Lords choicest blessings on you as you reach out to His children.
* That you can copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially as long as you give appropriate credit and provide a link to this website (ldshappymusic.com).* You may not remix, re-engineer or otherwise alter the music or words without permission from the author(s).* My originals are NOT sactioned/approved by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Permission from your Priesthood leader prior to rehearsing/performing is recommended.* No warranties are given or implied. The work shall remain the property of LDS Happy Music.
* And lastly, please enjoy the music. Comments are encouraged. :)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Help is Wanted
PDF - Help is Wanted
When I sat with my wife and watched the General Women's Meeting at home and heard Sister Linda K. Burton's talk "Help is Wanted", I knew I wanted to make a song out of it. I originally had these words, which work in pretty much exactly what Sister Burton said:
Help is wanted, to raise our children strong,
Help is wanted, to move God's work along -
To the living and also to the dead
Our work here on this earth will never end.
Help is wanted, to give a gentle hand,
Help is wanted, to make us understand -
That all those lost and wand'ring on their way,
Are God's children; who need out help each day.
Help is wanted, to heed promptings, and do,
Help is wanted, to live the gospel too.
With kept cov'nants we all can humbly say
We are God's disciples; we will obey.
Now those lyrics are pretty good, but every time I sat down to write music to those words, I basically got nothing. I also got the impression that I need to turn this into a much more simplified tune which Primary children can relate to. These young souls are our hope and future. So, with that in mind, a tune immediately popped into my head literally an hour ago. I wanted to have a song where the children sing a verse, the teachers sing a verse and then everybody sings the final verse.And this is the end result:
Help is wanted, the gospel shared each day,
Help is wanted, I'll listen and obey.
I will be an example to my friends,
Showing them that Jesus is my friend.
Help is wanted, I'll show a gentle hand,
Help is wanted, I'll help you understand -
That right choices you make can pave the way
For your good in all you do and say.
Help is wanted, we'll live the gospel, true,
Help is wanted, we'll read the scriptures too,
We will pray to our Father, and to see as His
Disciples, we will always be.
I hope you like it. Please send any comments. You can always subscribe to my music offerings via "follow by email" link on the right side.