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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




Friday, November 14, 2014

For the Beauty of the Earth

I love our beautiful world – her rivers, her mountains, glorious sunsets, the majesty of the sea.  I am mesmerized by the stunning landscape that surrounds me. For this arrangement I have slowed the tempo down a bit to allow time for reflection, admiration, and to convey a thankful heart.

Prelude No. 2:  For the Beauty of the Earth


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“For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.”


-Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835-1917




Friday, October 10, 2014

Come, Follow Me

I have decided to write a little book of piano preludes – short pieces that set a tone for quiet meditation.  I am hoping that before I’m done I’ll have at least a dozen or so pieces that flow from one to the next. 

My first offering in the series is a hymn arrangement.  With this music I have tried to capture the Savior’s patient invitation to each of us to walk with Him.




Prelude No. 1:  Come, Follow Me





Click HERE to download free sheet music


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We'll Bring the World His Truth

It was late in the summer of 2011.  The day was fast approaching that Kenny, our youngest, would leave for Brazil.  He was heading off to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I wanted to write something just for him and We’ll Bring the World His Truth had always been one of his favorites.

I originally wrote the arrangement as a piano duet.  The cello came a few years later at the request of the Johnson family as their son, Anthony, also set out to serve a mission.

This piece begins quietly – humbly.  But it soon gains strength and power, much like so many young missionaries out sharing the good news.  Truth has a power all its own.  It wants to be heard.  It wants to be found and that in itself is a beautiful thing.




Click HERE to download free sheet music (Piano, Four Hands)
Click HERE to download free sheet music (Cello)


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Jesus Once Was a Little Child


Early in the month I set out to write something for Chuck.  I’ve written a lot with my lyricist, husband and comedian extraordinaire, but nothing specifically for him.  Ever since he was young his favorite song has been Jesus Once Was a Little Child.  I asked him what voice he would like it arranged in.  Without hesitation he replied, “The oboe.”  So with that direction in mind I let the song lead me into an Ennio-Morricone-Gabriel’s-Oboe kind of mood. 

Music, like nothing else, has the power to bring peace to one’s heart.  My hope is that in the quiet calm, this music reaches the child in us all and conveys our Savior’s love.



Click HERE to download free sheet music


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
Click HERE to download free sheet music - Violin only


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 made quite a memory 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!