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"The Power and the Glory"
By Larry Blakely
There is no question in my mind that Camarata and I were brought together in 1966, when I went to work for him as a recording engineer for Walt Disney Records. After hearing his impressive and sensitive classical scores, I knew then that I wanted him to orchestrate LDS hymns for full orchestra. I had no idea that it would be 30 years later before this dream would be realized. Camarata, is a warm, sensitive and religious man. He once stated: "Many things I have done are a result of God using me as a channel." I feel strongly, that he and I were brought together for the purpose of doing this very special and beautiful music.
Shortly after Camarata and I started working together on The Power and the Glory, I wanted us to share the same sense of mission for this album.
As I prayed for us to be unified in this great cause, I continued to ask the Lord for a way that we could share a common vision.
During this time, I was driving 85 miles to the airport on a trip to meet with Camarata. It was a dreary day of clouds and rain. As I drove, all the sudden wonderful thoughts and words came into my mind describing the mission of this musical work. All I could find to write on were a few napkins laying in the seat. So, I took a pen out of my pocket, picked up some napkins and scribbled the thoughts on them as best I could, while driving down the road in this rain storm. The thoughts continued, and I continued to write.
The next day, I took the notes from the napkins and assembled them into meaningful text. I wrote them up on a computer so they looked nice, and printed out a copy to take to my meeting with Camarata.
I met with Camarata, and told him the story of how these impressions came. Then I gave him the printed copy. He was touched as he read it, and then stated; "Yes, this is wonderful, this should be printed in the album." From that time forward, we shared a common vision and mission which the Lord provided in such a clear and beautiful manner.
"Having been raised by the Lord for this purpose being brought together by His hand Guided daily, He moves us forward beyond our knowledge, talents and capabilities We are enlightened through His spirit that this work will be a blessing to millions of His children for generations to come. So all may know that this wondrous treasure came of Thy hand That all people... ...in every land ...of every tounge ...the proud, the meek ...both bond and free with great or small understanding may be blessed From all walks of life they will come, and hear, and be uplifted by its beauty be touched with its spirit and enlightened through its message That these, Thy children for the space of a short time may be lifted to a higher place where warmth, beauty, peace and glory dwell and be brought one step closer to Thee through this small glimpse and feel of the beauty in eternity" - Larry Blakely