February 22, 2015 - #4458 Music & The Spoken Word

Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. February 22, 2015 Broadcast Number 4458. 


“Call of the Champions”1
Composer: John Williams

“There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today”2
Composer John R. Sweeney
Lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg

Prelude on “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (organ solo)
Composer: Neil Harmon

“Crucifixus,” from Mass in F Major “di Chimay”
Composer: Luigi Cherubini

“Unfold, Ye Portals,” from The Redemption
Composer: Charles Gounod

“Zion’s Walls,” from Old American Songs
Revivalist song: adapted by Aaron Copland
Choral Arrangement: Glenn Koponen

“Alleluia,” from Psalm 150
Composer: Alberto Ginastera

  1. On the album Spirit of America and in the CD sets 100 Years: Celebrating A Century Of Recording Excellence and Encore Collection: The Many Sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  2. On the albums This Is the Christ and Then Sings My Soul. Also in the CD sets The Missionary Collection and Anniversary Collection.

Spoken Word

“Milestones on the Road of Life”

In 1753 the British government, with its heavy hand on the American colonies, put Benjamin Franklin in charge of the colonial postal system north of Maryland. Postage prices were assessed by the mile in those days, and Franklin’s fellow colonists were suspicious that the British were overcharging.

Franklin determined to find out. He set out on the Boston Post Road, then known as the King’s Highway. Attached to his carriage was a homemade odometer that counted the rotations of the wheels. Every mile, a stake was driven into the ground and a crew followed behind placing stone markers at each stake. These literal milestones were among the first in the United States.

Today, milestones measure more than distance; they have become a cultural symbol of the passage of life. They mark significant moments, experiences, transitions, and changes. These milestones may not be as tangible as stone markers by the side of the road, but they are indeed a measure of our journey.

What are the milestones in your life? For some it may be college graduation and the start of a career. For others, milestones include the birth of a grandchild, the death of a loved one, a health challenge, a new neighborhood, a disappointment in love or family, a conversation that gives vision and purpose, or simply planting a beautiful garden.

Milestones help us look back and see our progress; they help us look forward with faith and determination. They give us something to strive for and remind us that we aren’t done yet. Sometimes we don’t recognize a milestone until long after we’ve passed it. And many of our milestones are yet to be set along our life’s path.

Benjamin Franklin’s life was full of milestones, and many of them became his country’s milestones. So he spoke from personal experience when he said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” May our personal milestones give meaning and perspective not only to our successes but also to the occasional bumps and detours - to every mile of the journey of life.

  1. See Truday Tynan, “Milestones of History,” Toledo Blade, Sept. 19, 2004, F12.
  2. In Ann Kannings, comp., Benjamin Franklin: Life and Words (ebook, 2014).