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Bob Lind, Published April 11 2013

Song draws more response

The song “My Cathedral” from the old Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club radio program lives on.

The lyrics for the song were published here some weeks ago. That column continues to draw responses.

The latest comes from Lorraine (Haugen) Hagelstrom, of West Fargo, who writes that she has an original copy of the sheet music and began singing the song as a solo when she was 15.

The lyrics begin, “I built a cathedral deep down in my heart, where God holds His counsel with me.”

Lorraine says that around the summer of 1945, the Rev. Roy Gilbertson, of Hannaford, N.D., had a program titled the “Lutheran Hour” on KOVC Radio, Valley City, N.D. Lorraine sang on it, and “My Cathedral” was one of her songs.

Recently, Lorraine mentioned the previous column about the song to a friend, who smiled and told her, “I listened to that program and heard you sing.” That, Lorraine says, was “heartwarming!”

She says the sheet music says McNeill and Walter Blaufuss were inspired to write the song by the funeral for England’s King George. It was introduced on the Breakfast Club program and many requests came in to repeat it.

And Lorraine, who sang it when she was 15? Well, she says, “I can still stand up before a group and sing it a cappella.”

And she’s now 82.

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