MERRY CHRISTMAS!

December 24th, 2009

Today is Christmas Eve. I send loving wishes to everyone all around the world and say, “I know that our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, is the Savior of the world!  What a miraculous thing it is to have the blessing of sharing my music and knowing how far it is reaching. Our wonderful son, Jacob, is serving a mission in Hong Kong and only has 4 short months left, before returning home.  It will be so good to have him home again, and it will be exciting to have him sing and record more of my songs, because he has such a great voice.  He recorded Living Waters, (Vol. One, So Will I Comfort You), when he was just 16. When I am missing him, I listen to this recording, and it brings me comfort.

BLESSED AM I

December 15th, 2009

Many years ago, shortly after I had my last child, a baby boy, (who was born on Dec. 13th), I was blessed with the privilege of playing the part of Mary in a stake Christmas production, while my husband played the part of Joseph.  As I rocked my baby Jesus, (a doll wrapped in swathing bands), and sang to him a lullabye, as if I were Mary, the mother of Jesus, I experienced an outpouring of the Lord’s sweet spirit; and perhaps in a small sense, was given to know and feel Mary’s emotions and love for her own tiny child.  A reverent hush came over the audience, and time seemed momentarily to stand still. ~ Blessed Am I captures these feelings. I have added a new link for the background accompaniment,  one step lower, (in the key of C).  Here it is, as my Christmas gift to you.

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

December 7th, 2009

It’s hard to believe that today is December 7th!  Christmas will be here, before we know it.  Don’t  you just love the sweet spirit you can feel this time of year, when you take the time to contemplate the true meaning of this celebration; the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? I bear witness that I know He came to earth as a babe in a humble manger and that He atoned for our sins and gave His life freely, in order to take up His body again ~ as the first fruits of the resurrection. Where is your heart this Christmas season? Is Jesus Christ at the center of your life and thoughts? What were you doing that first Christmas morn? What are you doing on this Christmas morn? Take a little time to listen to “Come Worship The Living Lord“, “Christmas Alleluia“,  “Blessed Am I“, “Away In A Manger“, “Joy To The World“, and “Angels We Have Heard On High” and my other Christmas Arrangements. They will help get you into the true spirit of Christmas.

Volume Two: The Hope of His Glory

November 28th, 2009

I am so excited to finally have volume two, “The Hope of His Glory“, now available. In this volume there are 16 original songs. Please take a minute to sample this volume and let me know what you think. This music has really impacted my life, because with the creation of nearly every song in this volume, I have experienced deep emotion and true inspiration; perhaps because my family is so dear to me. For instance, “Because of  The Love”, was written in one day, after the death of my beloved and saintly father. My brother, Tom, asked me to write and perform a special song for my father’s funeral. After heartfelt prayer and  serious contemplation and reflection, the melody and the words just began to flow out onto the music paper. I definitely felt “guided” to be able to fine-tune this song, tied to such tender emotions and memories. It has never been changed, since the inspiration for it first came. I can’t wait to hear stories from you. If you have any questions or comments regarding my music, please feel free to post them on my blog, and I will respond to them.

CHRISTMAS PROGRAM MUSIC

November 20th, 2009
Just put up on my website, “The Sweetest Story“,  has a lovely, flowing piano accompaniment and a lilting flute solo. The sweetest story ever told truly is the story of Jesus Christ’s glorious birth and His life’s mission and purpose, because He came to earth for our eternal welfare. You’ll feel the true spirit of Christmas with this ethereal-sounding song, which reminds us of this holiday’s  true meaning; while at the same time teaching about the plan of salvation. This song could be sung as a Solo, but is written and has been performed by SATB Choirs.

Silent Night

November 19th, 2009

Hello Everyone! I received an email today from a lady, who downloaded my SATB Christmas Arrangemnt of  Silent Night and needed less pages, easier page turns, and the parts more accessable.  I tried to email her back with the PDFs, but for some reason, my emails  failed to go through;  so I sent the  new version,  plus a new one with parts only to my Son in Law, (my fantastic Web Designer and Webmaster,  Joe Billman),  and asked him to take off the old Silent Night and replace it with the new, easier to read version. This should make singing this favorite Christmas Song much more enjoyable and reader friendly.  So look for it really soon.  Take a look and listen to my other new Christmas Arrangements also.

SONGS ABOUT HOME AND FAMILY

November 14th, 2009

VOLUME  TWO of  The Songs of Holiness Series, THE HOPE OF HIS GLORY, is about to be put up on my website.  Hurray!!! I am so excited about this, because for a long time, there have not been enough songs about home and family and because the Primary theme and program this year have  been centered around the family.

Each song has mainly to do with these themes and with women’s roles, the importance of little children, motherhood, the blessings of the Priesthood and the temples and how they bless our families, and returning to our Heavenly Home: I Pray For A Home, Jesus Loves The Precious Little Children, Daughters of God Above, Music Sweeter (Than We’ve Ever Heard), Home Again, This Mother’s Prayer, While I May, Forever With My Family, Nowhere Else On Earth, Please Bless The Children, Priesthood Power, Of Such Precious Worth, Because of The Love, Young Women’s Mission, and Blessed Am I.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 13th, 2009

How grateful we should be, every day of our lives, for all of the tender mercies and blessings our kind Heavenly Father sends down to us. Feeling overwhelmed with gratitude, I wrote a new song the other day, entitled: “Thanks Giving“. It’s my FREE GIFT to you. Also, if you’ve always loved the little primary song, “I Have A Little Gospel Light“, and haven’t been able to find it anywhere, here is another FREE GIFT for you: a delightful, new arrangement to teach your little children.

CHRISTMAS ARRANGEMENTS

November 3rd, 2009

Can you believe that it’s already November and that Christmas Programs are just a month away? New Christmas Arrangements are always so refreshing. Check out my Christmas and Easter Arrangements Album for eight lovely arrangements, as well as a new SATB CHOIR  ARRANGEMENT for “Joy To The World“, an inspirational, new  Christmas song for ward choirs, (entitled, “One Star)”,  and a delightful new children’s Christmas song, “One Bright Star”,  found in my Primary and Children’s album, as well as in the Christmas and Easter Album.  In Mountain Green, Utah, our large, talented ward choir performed my arrangement of  “Silent Night“, with a guest flutist, and it was absolutely beautiful!  “Away In A Manger” is always a joy to sing and listen to, but this is an especially nice arrangement.   For a wonderful new SATB CHOIR ARRANGEMENT, listen to “Come And Worship The Living Lord!”, and hear my daughters singing the delightful “Christmas Alleluia”, which has been performed countless times for many Christmases, as well as the tender, “Blessed Am I” (Mary’s Song), which whether sung as a solo or women’s choir, has softened and touched every heart each time it has been performed.

I Love The Scriptures!

October 30th, 2009

Extremely grateful for the sriptures, I am especially thankful for the Book of Mormon, because countless times in my life, from reading in this inspired book, I have been  comforted, sustained, and strengthened during difficult times. I echo my testimony, along with Elder Holland’s, borne in October General Conference, “The Book of Mormon is true!” I also know, without doubt, that our kind, gracious, loving Heavenly Father is a God of miracles! Another thing I know, is that inspirational sacred music has more ability to uplift and comfort us,  when it is referenced to the Lord’s holy scriptures. The Songs of Holiness, Volume One, “So Will I Comfort You“,  and Volume Two, “The Hope of His Glory”,  are fully referenced to the scriptures, and through studying these scriptural references, hearts have been softened; thus allowing the Spirit of the Lord to penetrate and inspire, guide and direct.