Whenever I write an arrangement for cello, I do so with my dear friend, Teresa Herrmann, in mind. She is a gifted musician. She can make her cello sing. Last September Teresa lost her sister, Lori. Shortly after they laid her to rest, Teresa mentioned that this was one of Lori’s favorite songs so I arranged it for piano and cello so that we could perform it together as a tribute to her sister.
About the time I finished, I realized that this song was to be included in the 2018 primary program so I tweaked it a bit to include children’s voices.
I know it gets high at the end, but that is the wonderful climax I remember trying to sing as a child. I’m sure 7-year-old Terri was standing on her tiptoes straining to reach that high note. Still, I wanted to stay true to Clara McMaster’s ascending melody at that part. You can always opt to let a few of your lower voices slip down an octave somewhere around “of which I’m a part” if needed. Another thought is to add flute or violin on the second verse to beef up the melody line.
Once again I called upon this group of fantastic young singers to help record it. You are all SUPERSTARS!! Thanks again and again.
In memory of Lori Bloom — My Heavenly Father Loves Me
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Click HERE to download free sheet music - CELLO