Zelophehad’s Daughters

Behold! A Little Fact’ry!

Posted by Ziff

It’s almost Conference time again, and although it has only been six months, I can hardly remember what was said in April. Perhaps Conference talks would be easier to remember if they were set to music. It seems appropriate to set them to the music of hymns, since Conference talks and hymns both inhabit that […]

Carefully! Carefully with the plates!

Posted by Ziff

I like to think that if J.R.R. Tolkien had been Mormon, he might have written a book about the hassles of getting the Book of Mormon translated. Such a book might have included the following song: Chip the peepstone and break the plates! Melt the sealed portion down! That’s what Joseph Jr. hates— Wave the […]

Blessed Are They That Mourn

Posted by Seraphine

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall have comfort. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Who goeth forth and weepeth, and beareth precious seed, shall doubtless return with rejoicing, and bring his sheaves with him. –Brahms Requiem, 1st movement As I lay curled in a ball on my bed late Friday […]

Dona Nobis Pacem (some late Memorial Day thoughts)

Posted by Seraphine

Beat! beat! drums! — blow! bugles! blow! / Through the windows — through doors — burst like a ruthless force… (Walt Whitman, “Beat! Beat! Drums!”; Dona Nobis Pacem, second movement) In 1937, Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote Dona Nobis Pacem. The piece emerged from his feelings on the rising tide of Fascism and Naziism in Europe […]