I was there to hear your borning cry

I was there to hear your borning cry (‘Borning Cry’). John Carl Ylvisaker* (1937-2017). Ylvisaker is the author of the text and composer of the music. The following narrative from the author’s website describes the circumstances surrounding the composition of this song: During 1985, the ALC [American Lutheran Church] was doing a series on baptism called ‘Reflections’. John began work on the song before any footage for the video had been shot. When the media team met to put the music with the video for the first time, it became obvious that the dance-like beat and fast rhythm of the music did not match the gentle scenes being depicted on the screen. The lyrics were on target, but not the...

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