When I was deciding which inspirational hymns to arrange while I was writing my latest album, ‘They Call Me Sister: Music For Sister Missionaries,’ I knew I wanted to write an upbeat arrangement of the traditional Thanksgiving hymn, ‘For The Beauty Of The Earth!’ It’s one of my favorites! I wanted to write it in a way that celebrated the beautiful creations of the earth that God had made, and I felt that a fast and flowing tempo, and percussive style would help portray that!
I enlisted the talent of Nick Sales as the videographer, and we shot the film on the trailhead in the mountains of Pleasant Grove (my home town)! It was perfect weather although it was filmed in November! We found a beautiful stream on which to position the piano, and the mountain backdrop served as the perfect setting!
I was fortunate enough to have Sweet Salt Clothing Company provide a lovely outfit, as well as AJ Designs who let me use the beautiful dress that had an organic harvest flair!
I wanted to do this project to help share my thanks for God, His creations, and this special time of year.
This Thanksgiving I have really tried to have my family and I focus on the blessings that come from our Lord. I think that there is a difference from just being thankful, and being thankful to God and recognizing His hand in all things.
As you watch this music video I want to refer you to the beautiful lyrics of this song.
‘For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,
For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,
Lord of all to the we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.’
I encourage all of you to give thinks this Thanksgiving holiday, and throughout the year to our Lord who has provided us with this beautiful earth, and who is the source of all gifts and blessings.