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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.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How Gentle God’s Commands

How gentle God’s commands!
How kind his precepts are!
Come, cast your burdens on the Lord
And trust his constant care.

Beneath his watchful eye,
His Saints securely dwell;
That hand which bears all nature up
Shall guard his children well.

Why should this anxious load
Press down your weary mind?
Haste to your Heav’nly Father’s throne
And sweet refreshment find.

His goodness stands approved,
Unchanged from day to day;
I’ll drop my burden at his feet
And bear a song away.

by Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)

Born in London, Philip Doddridge was the youngest of 20 children.  Even before he could read, his mother taught him stories from the Bible.  She died when he was only eight years old.  His father passed away four years later leaving him an orphan. He continued his education, all the while being drawn to the ministry.  

As a preacher he was very popular owing to his sincere and practical sermons.  He would write hymns that would summarize his sermons to reinforce and help his congregation apply the truths being taught.  

In his relatively short life, although he was known primarily as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, he was also an author, educator, philanthropist, and prolific hymn writer, writing over 400 hymns in all.
                                          Prelude No. 11:  How Gentle God's Commands 

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Jesus, Once of Humble Birth

Two of the most remarkable events in the story of this world are the Savior’s birth and his second coming.  In this hymn Parley Pratt begins the text with the word “once” followed, in the next line, by the word “now.”  The contrasting passages throughout the hymn poetically compare Christ’s humble beginnings and extraordinary life to his exaltation.

Jesus, once of humble birth,
Now in glory comes to earth.
Once he suffered grief and pain;
Now he comes on earth to reign.

Once a meek and lowly Lamb,
Now the Lord, the great I Am.
Once upon the cross he bowed;
Now his chariot is the cloud.

Once he groaned in blood and tears;
Now in glory he appears.
Once rejected by his own,
Now their King he shall be known.

Once forsaken, left alone,
Now exalted to a throne.
Once all things he meekly bore,
But he now will bear no more.

Although Jesus Christ was not widely recognized as the Messiah during his mortal sojourn, there will be no mistaking his divine power and glory with the future return of the King.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

He Died! The Great Redeemer Died

One of Heinrich Hofmanns most notable works is his painting of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is likely one of the most copied paintings in the world.  One such copy has hung in my childhood home for as long as I can remember. 

It was passed to my mom through her mother, who received it as a gift from her mother-in-law way back in 1937.  As a child gazing up at it, it brought me both joy and sadness at the same time.  Reflecting on what my Savior was willing to endure sometimes put me in a somber mood and yet I was thrilled knowing that He loved me enough to do it. It was a happiness colored by sorrow.  The picture, aged and worn now, still holds a sacred place in my heart.

He died! The great Redeemer died,
And Israel’s daughters wept around.
A solemn darkness veiled the sky;
A sudden trembling shook the ground.  

Come, Saints, and drop a tear or two
For him who groaned beneath your load;
He shed a thousand drops for you,
A thousand drops of precious blood.

Here’s love and grief beyond degree;
The Lord of glory died for men.
But lo! what sudden joys were heard!
The Lord, though dead, revived again.

The rising Lord forsook the tomb.
In vain the tomb forbade him rise.
Cherubic legions guard him home
And shout him welcome to the skies.

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

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Monday, April 16, 2018

I’m So Glad

Primary — it’s the name of the children’s organization at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Every Sunday young ones, ages 18 months through 11 years, meet for a few hours.   They learn about Jesus and how to become more like Him. They’re shown how to feel Heavenly Fathers love for them and about the plan of happiness.  

Music is a big part of Sunday worship in Primary.  It has been my privilege to be the primary pianist off and on throughout the years since I was about 14.  In my opinion, children possess more Christ-like qualities than just about anyone else.  We adults can learn so much from them.  

I wrote the music to this song when I was around 16.  I made a primitive tape recording of it and gave it to my Aunt Dorothy who then added lyrics.  I remember performing it with my sister, Jen, who sang it at a conference when she was very young. 

For this recording I enlisted the help of all five of my grandchildren:  Josh, Seth, Trekker, Charlie and Cora.  It’s vain to deny that I stooped to bribery.  Trekker’s comment at the end is evidence of this.  And yes, he did get his special car.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Princess Cora’s Theme

Love at first sight.  That’s what I experienced when I first laid eyes on her. 

Our first grand daughter Cora Mae Hutchings was born December 1, 2017.  She arrived fashionably late.  Hutchings babies are big, but Cora was the biggest newborn yet weighing in at a whopping 10 lbs and 9 oz.  She has a porcelain doll-like quality about her.   There is a twinkle in her eye when she smiles—almost like she has a secret she wants to share with you.  She may well ring in the era of the girls in our little brood. 

I can’t wait to climb mountains with her so she can experience the view from above.  There is something about a view that can only be seen after making an effort.  I want to walk with her behind waterfalls.  I want to swim in the ocean with her alongside an ancient sea turtle.  Oh, the songs we will sing and the cookies we will bake.  But I guess those things can wait.  For now I will relish this sweet little angel sent from above.  She’s an absolute joy and I count myself lucky to be her grandma. 

With Cora in mind I wrote this piano solo.  I tried to weave in the hint of an old favorite melody from an LDS children’s song here and there.  I hope she likes it.

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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