July 14, 2019 - #4687 Music & the Spoken Word

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Conductors: Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy
Organist: Brian Mathias
Announcer: Lloyd Newell

“The Morning Breaks”1
Music: George Careless
Lyrics: Parley P. Pratt
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

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

“Prelude on ‘Pisgah’” (Organ solo)
Music: Dale Wood

“Love One Another”2
Music and Lyrics: Luacine Clark Fox
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from Oklahoma
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
Arrangement: Arthur Harris

“Oh, Peter, Go Ring Them Bells”
Music: Spiritual
Arrangement: Howard Helvey

“Come, Labor On”
Music: T. Tertius Noble
Lyrics: Jane L. Bothwick
Arrangement: Ryan Murphy

1. On the CD Praise to the Man.

2. On the CD Teach Me to Walk in the Light.

The Spoken Word

“The Dawning of a Brighter Day”

We opened today’s broadcast the same way we opened The Tabernacle Choir’s first-ever broadcast 90 years ago: with a stirring hymn titled “The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee.” It was composed by George Careless, former conductor of the Choir. As we look back, it was the perfect way to begin the weekly tradition of Music & the Spoken Word — with a song about “the dawning of a brighter day” majestically rising “on the world.”1 Mornings, after all, bring hope. The dawn is a signal of promise and possibility and encouragement. And this is what Music & the Spoken Word has brought to the world for nine decades. No one knew it at the time, but July 15, 1929, marked the dawning of the longest continuously broadcast network program in history.

There are other things in this world that have lasted 90 years or longer, but it’s rare in the world of broadcasting. Popular taste in television and radio programming seems to change so quickly. And yet some things transcend cultural trends. No matter who we are or where we live, we all need “a brighter day” sometimes. We all need to be uplifted and inspired. We need a moment to celebrate beauty and goodness, to find peace and hope, and to sing praises to God. Ninety years of this “brighter day”—now that’s a milestone worth noting.

It’s also quite a legacy to live up to. All of us associated with the broadcast do our best to honor that legacy. Not only do we stand on the shoulders of those who went before us, but we also acknowledge the people behind the scenes—the people behind the camera and far from the microphone. And that includes each of you. This day and always, we acknowledge everything you do to help usher in the dawning of a brighter day—your every effort to lift and inspire others, to give the world something of beauty and goodness, to bring peace and hope to a troubled world, to glorify God. And should you need encouragement and inspiration in your efforts, we’ll be here, just as we have for 90 years.

1. “The Morning Breaks,” Hymns, no. 1.