Resolution No. 2

January 19, 2008 | 21 comments
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The Primary “Hello” song:

Hello! (Hello!) Hello! (Hello!)
We welcome you today. (Hello!)
Hello! (Hello!) Hello! (Hello!)
We’re glad you came our way
To share with us our Primary day
And be our friend in a very special way.
Hello! (Hello!) Hello! (Hello!)
We welcome you today.

It is the sense of Times and Seasons that, if Mitt Romney does not prominently feature the “Hello” song in a campaign advertisement before Super Tuesday, his candidacy will have been in vain.

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21 Responses to Resolution No. 2

  1. Proud Daughter of Eve on January 19, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I’ve evidently managed to get “Popcorn Popping” firmly entrenched in my never-been-LDS husband’s head. So firmly, in fact, that even the mention of the word “popcorn” starts the song playing on its loop in his mind.

    I have no idea how I did it. I know I wasn’t trying. Maybe its a sign we’ll make a Mormon of him yet? ;D

  2. Jon W on January 19, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Maybe Mitt could use Give said the little stream…Good song and both used by Mormons and other Christians. ;)

  3. Blain on January 19, 2008 at 2:05 am

    2 — I don’t know how old I was (perhaps out of Primary) before I knew that “Give Said” wasn’t the (very strange) name of the little stream.

    Perhaps it would help encourage further donations to Mitt’s campaign.

  4. Sarah on January 19, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Our ward Primary has had a year-long ban on the “Hello” song, due to open abuse of the privilege by the Senior kids. Specifically, their inability to refrain from changing it to the “Jell-O” song. I have fantasies of being called to chorister and finding the magic solution to the problem: in the meantime, when promised that they’d be allowed to sing their (collective) top 10 favorite songs on the last Singing Time of the year, the children deliberately gamed the vote by choosing the “Hello” song in numbers disproportionate to any other “functional” song (it was the only song not from the last three Sacrament Meeting Program lists or Christmas programs to make the top 10.)

    I have to say, when I finally visited Utah last summer and heard the chimes at BYU, I almost fell over laughing. I hadn’t really believed it when people told me what they played, even though the Ohio State chimes play “Carmen Ohio” (aka hymn #58) every thirty minutes. I also read someplace that BYU students dance to “Popcorn Popping” during football games? Weird.

  5. Adam Greenwood on January 19, 2008 at 11:34 am

    have you noticed the odd little call and response Romney did at his Michigan victory speech?

    The Hello song would be perfect for that.

  6. Jason J on January 19, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    3 – It took me years to learn what a “sallmenknow” was in “Love One Another.” I honestly thought it was synonymous with “commandment.”

    I’m really high on the “Hello” song. Just don’t let anybody hear “Follow the Prophet.” The way the primary children sang it in my home ward always freaked me out. The minor key makes it sound a little Halloweenish, and the kids loved to scream it at the top of their lungs. I was always afraid that an investigator would hear them and think we were brain-washing them: “…DON’T GO ASTRAY!!!” I finally warmed up to the song a bit when I saw the Church feature about President Hinckley’s trip to Africa. The tender African children sang it much more reverently than the kids in my ward.

  7. kadusey on January 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Our Primary never sings \”Give, Said the Little Stream\”. Apparently, it\’s been long enough since they last sang it, that the kids in my CTR8 class last year couldn\’t recognize it when I hummed it for them as part of a lesson, and were still totally miffed when I sang it for them. I wasn\’t expecting them to know the \”When We\’re Helping We\’re Happy\” song (also part of that lesson), but it made me sad that they didn\’t know \”Give, Said the Little Stream\” either. It seems to be going the way (in my ward, at least) of \”I Am Like a Star\” which also never gets sung anymore.

  8. Latter-Day Sustainablist on January 19, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Similar to Blain (#3) and Jason J (#6), I too had the words to a primary song mixed up for years: “Give said the little STRING.” It took a while to wonder why a string could make the grass grow greener.

    I suggest Mitt play “Hinges” to emphasize his ability to change position on issues without cracking. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, I’m just sayin’…

  9. Adam Greenwood on January 19, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Great idea. Especially if Obama is his opponent, it would be good for contrast.

  10. Jacob J on January 19, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    kadusey, I think (hope) it is just your ward. The kids in our primary know all those songs well.

  11. WillF on January 19, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Jason J (#6), When I hear Follow the Prophet I always imagine it being sung with a Yiddish accent. It sounds like a Jewish folk song. It is always more fun to sing if you start slow and then gradually get faster and faster as you sing it.

  12. WillF on January 19, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Talking about Primary, has Julie Smith done Primary Lesson Supplements for the Book of Mormon primary lessons? I have realized that teaching 10-year-olds is harder than adults ever was.

  13. jrl on January 19, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    WillF #11: now that you mention it, can’t you sing Follow the Prophet to the tune of Hava Nagilah?

  14. Sarah on January 19, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    WillF #12 – once M* gets done with the software conversion thing I’ll be doing helps for the lessons there. I’m completely not Julie Smith, though. Also, I recommend highly the Yahoo Primary and Senior Primary Teacher lists. People are always popping up with helpful sites there: SugarDoodle and The Idea Door first amongst many.

    Primary songs really are ward-based. Every time we get a new Primary Presidency we have about six months of them being repeatedly stunned to learn either that a) the songs they know have changed (Genealogy – I Am Doing It became Family History – I Am Doing It, for instance) and b) that the children don’t know all the adults’ favorite songs. There are two or three families whose children know the entire songbook, for whatever reason, and those kids routinely cite songs no one else in Primary knows, as their favorites. It’s why I think parents ought to just get their kids the songbook and hymnal CDs (or download the MP3s.) Primary gets about 10 minutes a week to teach the songs, and we spend easily half of it on the Sacrament Meeting Program stuff.

  15. C Jones on January 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    (OK, Sorry. I apologize, but can’t resist)
    It doesn’t matter what Primary song he uses as long as it is one eternal round.

  16. Anita on January 20, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    In our ward the Jonah verse gets changed to “swallow the prophet” with great glee…

  17. California Condor on January 20, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Brothers and Sisters,

    This is go time! If you have any friends, relatives, ex-mission companions, ex-college roommates who live in Florida, please get in contact with them and convince them to vote for Mitt Romney in the upcoming Florida primary. Don’t stand on the sidelines while history takes place.

  18. Ray on January 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    #15 – Classic.

    #16 – I love that one. I’ll have to share it with my kids.

  19. jjohnsen on January 21, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    One morning while my wife and I were teaching Primary, they decided to sing the Hello song in Korean. As soon as they started singing Annyong, Annyong, we both busted up laughing and had to leave the room to calm ourselves down.

    Sorry, only fans of Arrested Development will understand.

  20. Mark M on January 21, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    #17 – Perhaps much more important, for those who have family/friends living in Florida, is to ask them to quickly sign the marriage petition (one man & one woman) before the deadline this month. After an unprecedented audit declared 30,000 signatures invalid, they are now 22,000 short of what is needed. I think 611,000 signatures had been obtained in the last report I saw.

    The official petition form may be obtained at…
    http://www.libertyaction.org/287/petition.asp?RID=14723147

  21. dangermom on January 22, 2008 at 12:15 am

    We have a new Primary Chorister, and every time we sing “Hello” she does it in a different language. Hello! Nihao! Hello! Nihao! Only now she’s getting desperate for new languages..