New Storytelling CD

Posted by on 11 Nov 2014 | Tagged as: blog

New Storytelling CD is now available!

A Friend on Sing Snap sang
“When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder” with a Davew.
It reminded me of the following:
In 2006, I did an audio cassette of “Fanny Stories”, true experiences of my mother’s mother, Fanny Crawford Gifford.
Just recently I did a story telling cd and included two of her stories.
In one of them, she tells about the death of her little sister Laura Ann when Fanny was eight and of a 4 yr old brother, Joseph, who died at age four, when Fanny was 12. Fanny had learned to play the organ and often played “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder” at Joseph’s request as it was his favorite song. He’d sing along when he was feeling well enough to. Fanny prayed that he’d be healed if possible and felt a warm comforting feeling that all would be well. when Joseph died the next morning, she knew that all was well.

When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder is an 1893 hymn with words and music by James Milton Black. The song was inspired by the idea of The Book of Life mentioned in the Bible, and by the absence of a child in Black’s Sunday school class when the attendance was taken. The idea of someone’s being not in attendance in heaven haunted Black, and after visiting the child’s home and calling on a doctor to attend her for pneumonia, he went home and wrote the song after not finding one on a similar topic in his hymn collection. The song’s lyrics were first published in a collection titled Songs of the Soul and the song has since been translated into at least 14 languages and sung all over the world in a variety of Christian denominations.

In 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill created a stir in the British press when he quoted the hymn in response to a question about when the Big Three were going to meet; stated the Winnipeg Free Press: “Mr. Churchill, in one of his somewhat puckish moods, replied that he did not know, but, he added irreverently, ‘When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.'”

Listen to my recording and read the whole story:

The story as told by Fanny is in the description.

On the cd are Fanny’s stories, Jacob Hamblin and Brigham Young as I tell their stories in St. George Live,  Denzil Hall, and other story tellers I have known,  my take and Abraham Lincoln’s take on storytelling,  and I’m adding “The Ugliest Man In Washington County, Utah” to future editions.

The ten original cds are gone and the new ones will be ready in days.

Order your copy now.

Write ” ”  in subject “Storytelling cd”

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$20 USA plus $3 S&H



Liquid Desert at DOCUTAH

Posted by on 14 Sep 2011 | Tagged as: blog

I portrayed Peacemaker to the Indians, Jacob Hamblin, in a documentary about water conservancy in May and June 2011-Liquid Desert- which screened in the  DOCUTAH September 8-17 2011 in St. George, Utah.

It can be seen at the Eccles Building at Dixie College on Thursday the 15th at 7 pm. Phil Tuckett would appreciate it if you attended more than just that film. There are many fine ones to be seen.

You were in a Movie?

Posted by on 01 Jun 2011 | Tagged as: blog


I portrayed Peacemaker to the Indians, Jacob Hamblin, in a documentary about water conservancy in May and June 2011-Liquid Desert-

It was lots of fun. Had I planned to do it, it would not have happened. It just did. The filming is over with. Some tense moments in the planned flood when a couple of people really were in peril.

I have some voice work to do on it and editing and then the Liquid Desert documentary will be done.

Got to meet a lot of nice people from three years old to into their 80s.

Some of the people had been in movies, TV series and upcoming movies. It made me feel kind of small when I heard of their credits.

But they were all very down to earth folks.

I guess that is a fun thing to do on one’s birthday anniversary date.


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