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Over time I have written a number of songs. I will continue to add them to this blog so, please, keep coming back to see what's new.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

What can I tell you about Charles Robert Hutchings?  He is his dad’s clone and at four months of age he has already proven to be an over achiever.  He cut his first two teeth over a month ago.  No big deal. 

This little guy is happy and energetic and his quick smile brightens my day.  He likes his tropical rainforest gym and his baby seal stuffed animal.  He especially loves his elephant and rhino friends.  He’s snuggly, curious and never tires of studying the collage of family photos on the fridge. 

He loves sunshine and the outdoors.   He’s been on a few short walks in the park that we’ve managed to squeeze in between snow storms. 

He’s soooooo lucky to have a mom and dad and grandparents and great-grandparents, cousins and aunts and uncles that simply ADORE him!   With his big blue eyes and his mom’s gorgeous eyelashes, he has captivated us all.  Watch out cause this little guy is gonna light up the world.

A piano solo for my sweet Charlie — Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

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Monday, January 22, 2018

My Heavenly Father Loves Me

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 

Click HERE to download free sheet music - PIANO
Click HERE to download free sheet music - CELLO

Friday, December 22, 2017

I Think When I Read That Sweet Story

In the last few months we have welcomed two new grandchildren into our lives — Charlie and Cora.  My heart is overflowing with love and admiration for these two little ones fresh from heaven.  It is amazing how it feels as if they have been a part of my life for so long, and yet we’ve only just met. 

December’s entry is an arrangement of a children’s song.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was singing it in my youth.  The lyrics are both tender and evocative:

I think when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus was here among men.
How he called little children like lambs to his fold;
I should like to have been with him then.

I wish that his hands had been placed on my head,
That his arms had been thrown around me,
That I might have seen his kind look when he said,
“Let the little ones come unto me.”
                                                                   by Jemima Luke

There is something about the innocence of children that softens the heart.  In Matthew 18:3 the Savior taught that only if we become as little children will we be allowed to enter into the kingdom of heaven.  I can tell you that when I am near my grandchildren I feel closer to heaven than at any other time.  I hope this Christmas finds you surrounded by those you love. 

Merry Christmas!!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Praise God, from Whom All Blessing Flow

Just pausing for a moment to reflect on my blessings . . .
I’m thankful for warm newborn snuggles from the newest member of our family, grandson Charlie--fresh from heaven.
Recognizing how fragile life is, I’m thankful for health and strength for me and my loved ones.
I am thankful for the opportunity to get out and experience nature in every season.
I’m thankful for Round Table pizza, Auntie Anne’s pretzels, and Brother Jon’s cheese steak.  Well, I am.
I am thankful for a home that is a safe haven from the turbulent world and for peace that comes from above.
I am thankful for music that brings me joy and stills my soul.
I’m thankful for an unbreakable bond that ties me to my ancestors and for sacrifices made that I will never fully comprehend.
Family is everything to me.  I’m thankful for brothers and sisters, children and parents, for cousins and nieces and nephews and grandparents and aunts and uncles, for in-laws and outlaws, and for my husband and grandchildren who light up my life.
Every once in a while the stars align and I get to experience these blessings all at once.  A few months back we celebrated my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary at Bodega Bay.  These are the times to remember.
I’m thankful for good friends and making memories that last forever.
I’m thankful for heavenly parents who know us and love us and are concerned for our welfare. 

          “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
           Praise him, all creatures here below;
           Praise him above, ye heav’nly host;
           Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”
                 -Thomas Ken

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Come, Ye Children of the Lord

I am billing this as a prelude, but it might be better suited for postlude.   I’m finding that it is too difficult to not play it with energy and enthusiasm.

“Come, ye children of the Lord,
Let us sing with one accord.
Let us raise a joyful strain
To our Lord who soon will reign
On this earth when it shall be
Cleansed from all iniquity.
When all men from sin will cease,
And will live in love and peace.”
             - James H. Wallis

It’s beautiful to think of the world’s population singing “with one accord” in both the figurative and literal sense.  The notion of each and every voice singing in perfect harmony seems so enthralling.  Even more captivating, however, is the concept of no wars, no contentions--just one unified people living in peace.  I believe with all my heart that this will one day be a reality.  What a beautiful day it will be.
Prelude No. 10: Come, Ye Children of the Lord

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Now the Day Is Over

This offering is ninth in my series of preludes.  If ever there was a “going to sleep” hymn, this is it.  It is the prayer of a tired soul uttered in the quiet calm of the evening when the world slows down and work is done.  I tried to keep the lowest tones slipping down the keyboard like the weight of heavy eyelids struggling to stay open.  Here are a few of the verses found in the Lutheran hymnal. 

“Now the day is over;
Night is drawing nigh,
Shadows of the evening
Steal across the sky.

Now the darkness gathers,
Stars begin to peep,
Birds and beasts and flowers
Soon will be asleep.

Jesus, give the weary
Calm and sweet repose
With thy tenderest blessing
May our eyelids close.

Through the long night-watches
May Thine angels spread
Their white wings above me,
Watching round my bed.”

-Sabine Baring-Gould

Prelude No. 9: Now the Day Is Over

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where Love Is

One day after school as my son was walking through the high school parking lot, he was motioned over to a van.  The mother of one of his friends called to him and said, “Adam, today is your lucky day,” and she handed him a Jamba Juice.  She had bought Jambas for her sons and bought an extra one to give away.  While sitting in her car waiting for her boys to show up, she had been looking for someone to surprise.  When Adam got home he was all smiles as he relayed the experience to me.

The next time I saw her I thanked her and told her what a thoughtful friend she was.  Smiling, she replied that she has a goal to try to do something nice for someone each day.  My Adam was the lucky recipient that afternoon.  

We’re told that when we lose ourselves in service to others, we truly find ourselves.  As we serve, we spread love — and where love is, there God is also.  Marty Hough has long since moved from Bend, but her small act of kindness left a lasting impression on me.

This piece is for piano, flute and oboe.  I arranged it for a women’s conference a few months ago.  It was a lot of fun working with Carline Jones and Erin Taylor on the project.  Thanks so much to Joanne Bushman Doxey and Marjorie Castleton Kjar for so graciously allowing me to share this arrangement of their music with you.

Click HERE to download free sheet music - Piano
Click HERE to download free sheet music – Oboe
Click HERE to download free sheet music - Flute