After two great experiences with Mine Arm is Lengthened Out and Snowflakes in 2002 and 2003, in June of 2004, BYU Singers director, Dr. Staheli, sent me an email asking me if I had ever thought of setting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29 to music. I thought to myself, “I have now!” He said that he had a plan that [...]
What an incredible weekend it has been for me, with three fairly big happenings for Lane Johnson Music. Here's a quick summary of each:Friday, April 5th was the release of the new BYU Men's Chorus album, Set Apart: Beloved Missionary Hymns. The album is now available, free of charge, at SetApartAlbum.com. Last December, Rosalind Hall, director [...]
After the success of Mine Arm is Lengthened Out in 2002, Dr. Staheli encouraged me to write more for him. I was eager to do so and started right away looking for some good words. One day I was looking through one of our bookshelves and found a couple of poetry books that had belonged to [...]
I want to let everyone know that this coming Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the afternoon session of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2:00-4:00 pm MDT), the combined BYU Choirs will sing my arrangement of "Did You Think to Pray?" If you are interested in hearing the performance [...]
Now and then, I am asked about how I came up with the idea for a particular piece, or what were the circumstances surrounding the writing of the music. So, one of the ways I plan to use this blog is to document those things so I will have a place for reference when I [...]
While I was in the middle of working on my arrangements of two hymns for the upcoming Men's Chorus album, Set Apart, I was contacted by Jean Applonie, director of the BYU Women's Chorus, about doing an arrangement of Hey Jude for their upcoming concert in April. The timing was a bit tight for me, [...]
The BYU Men's Chorus is about to release a new album entitled "Set Apart: Beloved Missionary Hymns." Three of the hymns on the album were arranged by me: "Sweet is the Peace the Gospel Brings," "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy," and "Onward, Christian Soldiers."The album will be available in the form of .mp3 files and [...]
I began working on Mine Arm is Lengthened Out in early 2002. This was just over a year after my brother and his wife were killed in an automobile accident and, as a result, we took their five children into our family. By this time, both my wife and I were physically and emotionally drained and [...]
I have had a few requests recently for an SATB version of my arrangement of Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy. I finally sat down and did it recently and it is finally available. Take a look!
My new arrangement of Did You Think To Pray? for men has been so successful, I thought I would do an SATB version as well. Take a look!