Baba Yetu

I really only ever play one video game, Civilization IV. This is in part because when I was in high school I used to play Civilization (the first one) off a floppy disk on the school’s computers. We figured out how to work around the old computer’s boot sequence to be able to get a DOS prompt and CIV I was able to be played entirely from a floppy disk.

CIV IV was released while I was on my second deployment to Iraq. To me, it was the perfect improvement from Civilization III. I’ve tried the newer versions of the game but they didn’t allow me to play the way I liked to (for me it’s mostly about colonizing the land) and because of this they weren’t fun.

CIV IV starts with an epic song, Baba Yetu. It wasn’t until I started listening to streaming music services that I realized I could try to download the song and add it to my playlist. I personally think video game music has been overlooked by the industry despite the fact that it’s been terribly good at working with system limitations throughout it’s evolution. Who doesn’t like Lindsey Stirling’s Zelda Duet?

While I enjoyed the song Baba Yetu it was in a language I didn’t know and so understanding the lyrics were beyond me. I had the same feelings about Beethoven’s 9th which I knew had powerful words, but prior to the internet getting a translation was rather difficult.

Eventually I got around to googling Baba Yetu and what it means. I was pleasantly surprised to find the song was a translation of the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili–and it was beautiful.

SwahiliEnglish
Baba yetu, yetu uliye
Mbinguni yetu, yetu amina!
Baba yetu yetu uliye
M Jina lako e litukuzwe.Utupe leo chakula chetu
Tunachohitaji, utusamehe
Makosa yetu, hey!
Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe
Waliotukosea usitutie
Katika majaribu, lakini
Utuokoe, na yule, muovu e milele!Ufalme wako ufike utakalo
Lifanyike duniani kama mbinguni.
(Amina)
Our Father, who art
in Heaven. Amen!
Our Father,
Hallowed be thy name.Give us this day our daily bread,
Forgive us of
our trespasses,
As we forgive others
Who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from the evil one forever. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
(Amen)

Some time later the song got the attention of a couple of prominent vocal artists on YouTube, Peter Hollins and Alex Boyé. Alex Boyé has long been admired by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and so when at an event this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Priesthood of God being bestowed based upon worthiness happened early this year, I was pleased to see Alex’s rendition of the song added to the celebration’s program. It’s a powerful rendition. It’s a powerful song. It’s based on a powerful prayer. All because a video game needed a good intro.

My New Favorite Christmas Song

Christmas time is where I spend time reflecting.  Some people think I look sad as I drink deeply from a wide swath of memories.  Every year I try to find a new song or new version of a Christmas song to enjoy the memories of that particular pondering.  This year I found it.

Sara Bareillis’ Love is Christmas, is simply beautiful.  It reminds me of all those Christmases that were hard either because a lack of income or a lack of family.  It helps me to appreciate where I am now and that’s a great feeling to have this time of year.

Crafton Cougars Song

When I was a kid our school used to have assemblies and we would sing all kinds of patriotic songs.  I imagine this is common across America, or at least was for my generation.

What we didn’t have was a school song.  So, my mom wrote one.  Thankfully the school had the same mascot as her college did.  It’s been at least 30 years, but as of my last inquiry the kids at Crafton Elementary still sing this song.  In this post, I share the lyrics and the story behind them.cougars.png

We are the Crafton Cougars,
We love Crafton School.
We’re the tops, we’re number 1,
Going to Crafton School is fun.
Cougars are loyal students,
We do our very best
We study hard and follow the rules
We’re the Cougars of Crafton School
Rah! Rah! Rah!

Hi there. Nobody asked me to do it. Over a few days the words were just coming into my head, and I’d rattle them around and rearrange them and finally thought it might make a nice school song. When I was in elementary school we’d had one, so it seemed like a reasonable thing. At the elementary level I thought of it more as a school spirit song, than a fight song. The PTA president was in our [congregation] so I ran the idea past her, and she thought it was nice but said she didn’t have any say in something like that. So When I had the words all written down I went and talked to the principal to see if he thought it was an OK idea, and then I got linked up with Mrs Billings to do the music, and we sat at the piano in her room one afternoon so she could create it (I knew how I wanted it to sound, but she firmed up the tune and the notes.) And then we got to teach it to everyone. That was a real fun project.

Deans and Bryson–Mountain Move

I’ve had a CD now for 10 years. It’s got the song Chrissy and I danced to at our wedding reception. It was the first LDS Artist CD I ever purchased. During the past 10 years the album has gone further and further into obscurity to the point now where it’s fairly impossible to find out who the authors are. All of the search engines yield no luck. This post will probably end up as the #1 result for “Deans and Bryson Mountain Move” as soon as I hit [publish].

So this blog post is dedicated to finding them. Here’s what I know:

  • Lisa Deans and her missionary companion (maybe) wrote an album.
  • One of them (or both) played the guitar.
  • The CD used to be for sale at an LDS bookstore in Chico California.
  • I like the music
http://pimp.myyearbook.com/generators/mp3/player.swf

I’ve intentionally posted all of the music from the album here in this handy MP3 player. I did that hoping that someone out there somewhere will know who these folks are and let me say “hi” and “thanks for 10 years of tuneage.” Track 7 “This I Know” is the song that was played at our reception. The last song “The Olive Tree” is a great song to add to any Sunday music playlist.

Enjoy the music. Pass it around among friends and let’s see if we can’t manage to send the folks that made it a kindly, “Thank you!”