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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, May 20, 2016

Praise to the Man

Lately, it seems that more and more, ideas for arrangements come to me as I am walking the river--a little phrase here and a little line there.  Other times the music comes crashing down on me all at once, so much so that I have to hurry home to start scribbling down notes before I forget.  This is one of those pieces.   

Soon after the death of Joseph Smith, William W. Phelps penned the words, “Praise to the Man who communed with Jehovah.”  His poem about Joseph would become a beloved hymn.   In honor of Phelps’ Scottish heritage, the hymn uses the melody from the folk song Scotland the Brave.

For those familiar with the text, you will know that Phelps ends his chorus with “ . . . death cannot conquer the hero again.”  But since I have never accepted the idea that death ever conquered the prophet Joseph in the first place, I just could not bring myself to include a  note representing that last word ‘again.’  As I play this arrangement I always end the melody with this version of the words echoing in my head: "Death cannot conquer the hero!!!” 
This one’s for you, Adam.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King

Another favorite of mine. I have always loved this hymn and a sweet memory
associated with it.  The memory is elusive, almost like a dream and as with many of my memories this one occurred in the little chapel from my youth.

My Grandma Jennie loved music. On this occasion she organized a small group of
young girls to sing a few hymns in church. I would have been about 8 or 9 years old. I
am pretty sure that my sisters Julie and Dineen took part as well, along with a handful of others. With Hugh Dougall’s words and melody, we sang our hearts out. The
experience left me with a warm feeling inside. I am thankful for a loving grandmother
who provided us with opportunities at a young age that allowed our understanding of Jesus to grow.

Jesus of Nazareth,
Savior and King!
Triumphant over death,
Life thou didst bring,
Leaving thy Father’s throne,
On earth to live,
Thy work to do alone,
Thy life to give.

Prelude No. 8: Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King

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Friday, February 19, 2016

We’ll Sing All Hail to Jesus’ Name

The title of this hymn explains one of my motives for writing music. It brings me incredible peace to know who I am, why I’m here, and that because of Him, life goes on after this earthly experience.

Prelude No. 7: We’ll Sing All Hail to Jesus’ Name

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Trekker’s Lullaby

Last October the long awaited arrival of our third grandchild took place.  And boy, was he worth the wait.  Trekker Prather Blackburn has taken all of us by storm.  Now at age three months his personality has really started to emerge.   

He likes splashing, dance parties, grandmas & grandpas, cozy pjs, and cuddles.  He dislikes sniffles, putting his arms in his sleeves, doctors, Mr. Turtle who hangs above his hammock swing, and cold hands.

Jesse asked us to write a lullaby for her baby before he was born.  The race was on to complete the piece before he made it on the scene. We won.  It helped that he was eleven days overdue.  Still, I like to think that Trekker helped us write it.

Thanks SO MUCH to Jesse for the treasured video footage AND for providing the sweet vocals.  Thanks also goes out to “Uncle Adam” for his fun illustrations.

Nothing compares to the joy I feel when I talk to Trekker and he smiles and slowly blinks back at me in recognition. I echo the sentiments of  A.A. Milne when he penned, “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

O Little Town of Bethlehem

“How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of his heav’n.
No ear may hear his coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.
  - Phillips Brooks

Wishing you all the peace your heart can hold — and then some.
     Merry Christmas!!

Prelude No. 6:  O Little Town of Bethlehem

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Heavenly Father's Plan

I love all four seasons but I think autumn might just be my favorite.  With the cooler temperatures come hearty soups, pumpkin pies, slow-cooked stews, and marshmallows drowning in hot chocolate.  And perhaps best of all is the stunning display that the changing leaves offer us before they are lost to winter.

On a brisk October morning in the fall of ’98, I went with my family on an outing along the river.  While on that walk my husband and I reflected on those things that matter most – our family, our health and the happiness that comes with an understanding of why we are here on earth.  As we were experiencing the autumn forest and our three young children were darting in and around the aspen trees, the inspiration for this piece came.

The song with its two-part melody was written for children’s voices.  I so appreciate my FANTASTIC group of singers who recently made this recording with me.  Your brightness and enthusiasm make me smile!   I cannot thank you enough.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Dearest Children, God Is Near You

How far back can you remember?  What are some of your earliest recollections?  To this day every time I open a box of crayons the smell carries me back in time to my grandparent’s house.  I am under the dining room table with my sisters and we are coloring away in our Bozo the Clown and Tom & Jerry coloring books. 

When I was young, if my mom was looking for me, she would often find me up a tree.  I got to where I could climb the tree in our front yard without even thinking.  I had to jump up with both hands and catch the lowest limb.  Then I’d throw one leg around that limb and with my other shin pushed up against the trunk, I would shift my hand to a higher branch, flip myself up and disappear into the leaves. My siblings and I spent hours up there.  It was so relaxing and freeing.  The tree became like an old friend. We got so fast it seemed like we could almost fly up it.   

I remember family visits to see my great-grandmother, Ida Rose.  I’m not sure, but I’d like to think that I stopped to hug her before making a beeline to the candy dish on her TV.  It was always filled to overflowing with white mint candies with green centers.  I loved them.

This arrangement of Dearest Children, God Is Near You is for my second grandchild, Seth Morton Hutchings. 

He turned two this month.  He is SO MUCH FUN!!!  He loves playing ball and learning to swim.  He tries to keep up with his big brother and thinks he can do anything Josh can do. His smile is contagious. He’s so lovable and he helps me remember what it was like to be a child discovering the joy in each new day.

God loves us more than we can imagine.  In Matthew 18:4 we are told that whosoever shall humble himself as a little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  I believe it.  When I am around Seth I feel close to heaven.  He is filled with a sweet innocence that makes me wish I could freeze time and hold onto him for just a little while longer. 

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