“The Lord’s Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli

         I was shocked to learn that the musical version of the Lord’s Prayer sang in this clip by Andrea Bocelli, one of my favorite singers, was actually written in 1976 according to the Internet.  It was sung at my wedding in 1976!  Albert Hay Malotte set the prayer to music even though that had been done many times before.  His version is the one most of us identify today.  Mr. Malotte was born in Philadelphia in a musical family as his father was a choirmaster.  He loved the organ.  I was also surprised to learn that Mr. Malotte wrote the ballet music for Little Red Riding Hood which brought him to the attention of Walt Disney.  As a youth he was a prizefighter and boasted he had actually fought Jack Dempsey.  But music was his talent.  He wrote the music for “The Big Fisherman” and “Lady and the Tramp.”  Listening to Bocelli sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is a treat.  Listen to the words.  What jumps out to you?  Meditate on it.  Blessings.

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