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.

By clicking on a link to listen or download, you agree:

* 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 (
* 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, December 6, 2014

O Child of Mary's Tender Care

MP3 - O Child of Mary's Tender Care
PDF - O Child of Mary's Tender Care

I was looking over some public domain Christmas lyrics and this one in particular caught my eye. The words speak of the infant Christ Child and two things stuck out in my mind. First, the illumined eyes. I love that thought. And it is prophetic because His eyes will be illumined in the last days and on judgement day. The second thing that somehow caught caught my attention was that He is the balm for every sorrow that there is. It is comforting to me that through His atonement, He truly is our balm.

I later found out while finalizing this piece that a dear friend who found out weeks ago that he had inoperable cancer passed today. I am grateful that a loving Father in Heaven heard prayers and took Art home with little pain. He truly is a merciful God!
I hope you enjoy this latest offering for Christmas.

O Child of Mary's tender care!
O little Child so pure and fair!
Cradled within the manger hay
on that divine first Christmas day!
The hopes of every age and race
are centered in Thy radiant face!

O Child whose glory fills the earth!
O little Child of lowly birth!
The shepherds guided from afar,
stood worshipping beneath the star,
and wise men fell on bended knee
and homage offered unto Thee!

O Child of whom the angels sing!
O little Child, our infant King!
What balm for every sorrow lies
within those clear illumined eyes!
O precious gift to mortals given
and win us heritage in heaven!

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