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I recently had the opportunity to attend a performance by one of the most unique talents of the LDS music scene. Paul “Cactus Jack” La Marr is an Australian Mormon who performed live at an event I attended last month. I was stunned (and very moved) by his soulful, passionate takes on Latter-day hymns. I approached him and found him genuine, humble, and faithful. He enthusiastically agreed to my request for one of his albums to review, as I wanted to spread the word about his talents.
Cactus’ latest album, A Carpenter’s Hymns Volume II, is one that I heartily recommend for all Christian homes. He breathes new life into Christ-centered favorites (his take on “If You Could Hie to Kolob,” for example, is a powerhouse delight). My family has had the album on repeat for the past few Sundays. It’s a marvelous stocking-stuffer for the music lover in your family.
- Where Can I Turn for Peace?
- I Need Thee Every Hour
- I Know That My Redeemer Lives
- Did You Think to Pray?
- Lead Kindly Light
- Our Savior’s Love
- Abide with me, ‘Tis Eventide
- If You Could Hie to Kolob
- Give Said the Little Stream
- How Gentle God’s Commands
Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist available for online sessions throughout Utah and face-to-face sessions in St. George. He was the co-host of The KJZZ Movie Show, winner of the campus-wide BYU Talent Show, performer with Divine Comedy, and star of numerous independent action-comedies. His book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families is now available in paperback and Kindle. For Jonathan’s relationship tips and family movie reviews please visit yourfamilyexpert.com.