February 20, 2022- #4823 Music & the Spoken Word

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This encore performance of Music & the Spoken Word has been specially selected for airing while live broadcasts of the Choir and Orchestra are briefly paused. It contains a new Spoken Word written and delivered by Lloyd Newell.


Conductors: Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
Organist: Richard Elliott
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“Let All the World in Every Corner Sing”
Music: Ryan Murphy
Lyrics: George Herbert

“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus”1
Music: F. A. Challinor
Lyrics: W. H. Parker
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy

“In Christ There Is No East or West” (organ solo)
Music: Spiritual
Arrangement: Dale Wood

“Gloria" from Mass in D
Music and Lyrics: Antonín Dvořák

“Lead, Kindly Light”
Music: John B. Dykes
Lyrics: John Henry Newman
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music” 2
Music: Richard Rogers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris

“When in Our Music God Is Glorified"
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyrics: Fred Pratt Green
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

  1. On the CD Teach Me To Walk In The Light.
  2. On the CD America's Choir and in the CD Set Anniversary Collection.

The Spoken Word

Those Who Make Us Better

A young man once asked Warren Buffet, one of the world’s foremost investors, what advice he would give on how to be successful. He might have expected tips on how to invest his money wisely or what career to pursue. Instead Buffet, in his mid-80s at the time, shared with the young man these words of wisdom: “Hang out with people better than you,” he said. “Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”1

Parents understand this timeless truth—that’s why they hope and pray that their children will choose good friends. But the same lesson applies to adults of any age or stage along the course of life. Those with whom we surround ourselves will influence our lives—for better or worse.

Perhaps you can relate to the experience of a man who felt weighed down by a spirit of negativity at work. Coworkers often complained and grumbled about their jobs, about each other, and about life in general. Soon this man noticed the same spirit in himself, and he decided to do something about it. He couldn’t change his colleagues, and changing his job wasn’t an option. So he determined that, outside of work, he would spend more time with trusted loved ones and friends who supported him, who uplifted him, who inspired him to be better. This choice helped him focus more on the positive aspects of his life—including his job. He stopped feeding the negativity around him. It wasn’t long before his associates at work noticed a difference in him and started seeking him out when they wanted to be uplifted and encouraged. 

There will always be things about life that we can’t change, such as the attitudes of the people around us. But it’s also true that there is much good in the world—including many good people. We can seek out the kind of people who lift and inspire the best within us. By doing so, we can become the kind of person who lifts and inspires others. As so many parents have reminded their children, surround yourself with greatness, and you’ll become great. 

  1.  See Marcel Schwantes, “Warren Buffett Once Told a Teenager a Timeless Secret to Success in a Few Words,” Inc., Mar. 18, 2020,