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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.


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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

True to the Faith

There is strength in the rising generation--young people, valiant in their testimonies of Jesus Christ, standing tall defending truth and right.  They build upon the foundation of faith of those who have gone before. 

This arrangement of the hymn True to the Faith is for my sweet daughter-in-law, Elizabeth.  That’s her in the top left of the photo with her siblings.  It was taken a few years ago.  Elizabeth and I both love hiking along river trails in Central Oregon.  We love peach slushies from an unnamed fast food chain (*cough*Sonic*cough*).  We’re both rather fond of my son, Kenny, and we are both drawn to family history in ways that are hard to explain.  There is great knowledge and wisdom that can be gleaned from the past. 

Youth of today can find hidden treasures in their family’s heritage.  I know that I am constantly drawing upon the strength of my brave and steadfast ancestors as I plow through life’s challenges.  While writing this piece I reflected on how my grandparents and great grandparents seem to have a gravitational pull on my heart.  We are united not only by blood but in a common hope for eternity.  I love this line of poetry from Eliza R. Snow, “Our hearts beat upward and our spirits move in homeward currents, towards those we love.”  As the music reaches its climax at the final chorus I tried to simulate the rhythm of a heartbeat in the low tones for a few measures.  Hearts bound together.  “Blessed be the ties that bind generations.”  ~ Author Unknown.   

          True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
          True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
          To God’s command,
          Soul, heart, and hand,
          Faithful and true we will ever stand.

                                                           -Evan Stephens

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Click HERE to download free sheet music - Piano Part 2

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer

Those who know me best would tell you that the things I love most about Easter are marshmallow bunnies, spending time with family and loved ones, and celebrating the life and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ (not in that order, of course).

H.R. Palmer’s lyrics to the hymn Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer are heartfelt and stir the soul. 
I couldn’t decide which verse to share here, so I am including all three.

Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
Thy sweet message now impart.
May thy Spirit, pure and fervid,
Enter ev’ry timid heart;
Carry there the swift conviction,
Turning back the sinful tide.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
May each soul in thee abide.

Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
We are weak but thou art strong;
In thy infinite compassion,
Stay the tide of sin and wrong.
Keep thy loving arms around us;
Keep us in the narrow way.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
Let us never from thee stray.

Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
Thou wilt bind the broken heart.
Let not sorrow overwhelm us;
Dry the bitter tears that start.
Curb the winds and calm the billows;
Bid the angry tempest cease.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer,
Grant us everlasting peace.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Far, Far Away

I wrote this piece back when I was in college. It is the result of an assignment I had been given in my composition class.  I was asked to choose a hymn from the hymnbook and jazz it up.  I’m sure my professor was attempting to steer me in the direction of writing with more of a structured form in mind. He told me I could do anything I wanted with it —to make it my own, but I had to stay within the bounds of the chosen hymn text.    

I’m thinking I must have been in a Billy Joel kind of mood when I wrote it because it really gets to rocking.  I actually performed the arrangement in class with a friend who sang my new melody of the hymn, but for this version I went ahead and left off the lyrics opting for a piano solo instead.  It doesn’t especially lend itself to Sunday worship, but it’s really fun to play.

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