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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.

Terri




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Once within a Lowly Stable

In my early years I remember singing Once within a Lowly Stable.  I was in the children’s choir in our little church on the corner of Pine Street and Charles.  Its sweet and simple melody has always carried with it the warmth of the Christmas season.  Sadly, I don’t hear it sung so much anymore.

As I began the arrangement process I thought of the lyrics for the piece:
           
“Once within a lowly stable
            Where the sheep and oxen lay
  A loving mother laid her baby . . . “

And then to my mind came the realization of who actually resided within that tiny frame:
         
            King of Kings
            Lord of Lords

And so, to me, the feeling of this arrangement oscillates between the tranquil manger scene and the majesty of the Redeemer of the world. I hope my humble offering brings peace to your heart as you celebrate the season.  



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Click HERE to download free sheet music - Piano and Violin
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Go, and Do Thou Likewise

Back in 1997 my husband and I were asked to write a song that would be performed in ward conferences here in Central Oregon.  The theme that was chosen for the conference and that we were to try to capture was based on the passage of scripture in Luke 10: 25-37 – The Parable of the Good Samaritan.  Our goal was to provide insight on how we might apply this story in our lives today.  

The duet ‘Go, and Do Thou Likewise’ is the product of that request.  Shortly after the song was written we made a quick trip to Utah and were lucky enough to incorporate the musical talents of my sweet family members for this recording.  Thanks so much to my aunt, Teri Crockett, and sister-in-law, Debbie Hutchings, for lending their beautiful voices.  Thanks also goes to my Uncle Denny for the fun recording session way back when.  I LOVE FAMILY!!




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I can’t help but smile thinking back on that year and all those Sunday performances with Sheryl Mildenhall Mills and Trish Sewell as we traveled around the region and presented the song.   Good times. 

I am also including this wonderful video clip depicting that same parable.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

If You Could Hie to Kolob


At the beginning of this year I set out to write something for my daughter, Jesse.  I wanted to come up with a piano duet that we might perform together, but what to write?  I asked her to name a few of her favorite hymns so that I might make an attempt at arranging.  As soon as she spoke the words If You Could Hie to Kolob, the choice was made since that’s what I secretly had in mind all along.  As I sat down to write, it wasn’t long before I could hear a cello part resonating as well, and so our duet became a trio.

The piece begins with contemplation--mysterious almost, but soon gains in strength and urgency, as one reaching desperately to comprehend greater things.  It’s the music of a soul yearning for higher understanding.


“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home.”  

                                         -- William Wordsworth


This piece is a lot of fun to play.  Jesse and I had a blast performing it at church with our friend, Teresa Herrmann.  I must also mention that Ralph Vaughan Williams has been and always will be one of my greatest heroes!!  His music is sublime.




To download the SHEET MUSIC for the PIANO click HERE
To download the SHEET MUSIC for the CELLO click HERE


P.S. - A while back when my niece and nephew were visiting I asked them to humor me and see what this would sound like with violin and viola.  I threw it at them, we ran through it a couple times and recorded this just for fun.  Justin and Emma, you rock!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hearts that Come Home



When you think of home what feelings come to mind?  I asked my family what their definition of “home” is.   This is how they replied:  “Home is a peaceful heart . . . it’s where you always want to be . . . it’s where your heart feels coziest and warm, like being wrapped in a security blanket . . . a crackling fire in the woodstove . . . it’s where a heart is happy . . . a sanctuary from the world . . .. Home is what you imagine heaven to be like.”   

Home to me is laughter and music.  It’s barbecues and slide shows and lemon meringue pie.  It’s family and love and cherished memories.    With Hearts that Come Home I’ve tried to embody some of that warmth and tranquility. There truly is no place like home. 



To download the SHEET MUSIC click HERE


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Silent Night


When I flipped the calendar to December I realized that I don’t have much to offer in the way of Christmas music.  Also about that time my niece was encouraging me to write something for lower voices.  So I decided to take a traditional Christmas favorite and give it a Charlie Brown ‘Christmas Time is Here’ kind of feel.  This one’s for you, Kat!

From the moment I first heard Kristine Sessions sing I knew that I wanted to work with her on future music projects.  Thanks so much to Kristine for recording this with me at the drop of a hat and breathing warmth and fullness into it. 

May this music bring peace and hope to every heart that hears it.  Merry Christmas!!









To download the SHEET MUSIC click HERE


Friday, November 30, 2012

My Savior Wept


I wrote the music for this piece to reflect another time – another place.  When Chuck added his lyrics I feel he matched the mood of the music perfectly.  My Savior Wept depicts one of my favorite stories from the scriptures.   

In the New Testament - John 10:16 reads, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.”   My Savior Wept tells part of the story about Christ’s visit to His people in ancient America after his resurrection. 

Thanks so much to Trish Sewell for lending her incredible voice.


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Friday, September 28, 2012

A Moment Alone


I love the music of Liz Story.  I enjoy playing her compositions deep into the night when the house is dark and silent.  Time seems to stand still.  My piano solo A Moment Alone is also best enjoyed when the house is asleep with nothing to distract from the music but one’s own thoughts.


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