The Cricket and Seagull Fireside Chat
Summary: A faithful-but-informal voice bringing music and interviews of interest to Latter-day Saints (Mormons / Mormon / LDS) and their friends worldwide. Steven Kapp Perry brings you the unique voices of authors, artists, musicians, scholars, and fellow Saints. Pull up a chair and join us for The Cricket & Seagull Fireside Chat!
What if you were given a major project to get done in just one year, but you could only do it in the cracks -- those small stretches of 15 to 20 minutes between meetings, family events, and everything else you're doing already? That was the challenge for Hilary Weeks; singer, songwriter, Deseret Book recording artist, and mother of four--including a new baby. "Day of Praise" is her latest -- a collection of musical moments found in the cracks and corners of an already full life. - SKP
If you tried to write a resume for Cherie Call, you'd have to use small print and single space and you'd still be hard pressed to get it on a page. But, of course, all of that is really beside the point. You just watch her pick up guitar, fiddle with the tuning for a bit, and then sit back and melt into the stories -- because that's really what her songs are, and a storyteller is really who she is when she sings them. This edition features songs from "Beneath These Stars," the latest release from Cherie Call on Shadow Mountain.
She was raised in Orem, UT, but found her home in Manhattan via Texas and Louisiana. When she's not busy as a free-lance composer she conducts, arranges, plays jazz keyboards and works with everyone from the Grateful Dead to her ward choir and Ephraim's Harp. For this edition I reached Lisa DeSpain at her NYC apartment and talked about everything from the new Ephraim's Harp CD "Saints Bound for Heaven" to Shape Note singing to the new temple in Manhattan and being a New Yorker through 9/11.
David T. Warner is director of Music and Cultural Arts for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Previous to his appointment he was a faculty member at Brigham Young University in the David O. McKay School of Education and the School of Music, and artistic director of Boise Opera and the Film Actors Theatre of Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in theater and film and also did graduate work in music at Indiana University. He has directed television specials seen nationally on PBS, as well as film, professional theatre, musical theatre, and opera. Recent projects include Savior of the World in the Conference Center Theater, and Light of the World, produced by the Church for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. His original texts have been published by Oxford University Press and recorded on the Telarc, Clarion, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir labels. Brother Warner is married to Allison Hickman and they are the parents of two boys. Diane Bastian grew up in Buhl, ID, the daughter of Lowell and Alta Roskelley. She received a degree in piano performance from Brigham Young University and has taught piano and organ since she was 15. Diane has spent much of her time as a piano accompanist, working with choirs and soloists ranging from young Suzuki violinists to professional musicians. She works as an administrative assistant in the Music and Cultural Arts Division of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. She married Larry Bastian, and they have seven children and 14 grandchildren. In her limited spare time she enjoys making afghans, walking, and reading. Link to the Church Music website: http://www.lds.org/churchmusic That's this week on the Cricket and Seagull... - SKP