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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, January 11, 2023

Father In Heaven We Do Believe

Father in Heav’n, we do believe

The promise thou hast made;

Thy word with meekness we receive,

Just as thy Saints have said.

We now repent of all our sin

And come with broken heart,

And to thy covenant enter in

And choose the better part.

O Lord, accept us while we pray,

And all our sins forgive;

New life impart to us this day,

And bid the sinners live.

Humbly we take the sacrament

In Jesus’ blessed name;

Let us receive thru covenant

The Spirit’s heav’nly flame.

  - Parley P. Pratt

Piano Prelude No. 14:  Father In Heaven, We Do Believe

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Sunday, December 11, 2022

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

The Kingdom of Israel, the Abrahamic covenant and the scattering of the ten tribes — I have been pondering these lately.  I am studying Kerry Muhlestein’s book Learning to Love Isaiah.  I’m digging into the poetic devices Isaiah uses:  metonymy and synecdoche (had to look them up), similes, metaphors, personification and hyperbole.  Chiasmus and symbolism tend to stretch my puny brain.  I’m taking it VERY SLOWLY.  

In Muhlestein’s words, “One literary device Isaiah employs pervasively is imagery.  He expertly paints a picture with his words.  Furthermore, the pictures he paints usually create a powerful emotional reaction.  If we will stop and consider the imagery that Isaiah creates, we will learn that he has a way of helping us imagine and feel things in a way that touches the depths of our souls and stirs out hearts.” 

My reading has put me in a Kingdom-of-Israel kind of mood.  That is why I chose to arrange the Latin hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel this Christmas.  Music, too, has the ability to evoke strong imagery in the listener’s mind.  I hope that this musical offering helps create a contemplative mood — reflections of our Savior and His wonderful gift to mankind throughout the ages.

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

God Be with You Till We Meet Again

I hate goodbyes.  I hate them.  On November 11th my dad lost his year long battle with cancer.  He was just a few weeks shy of his 89th birthday.  He fought a good fight, but what he will be remembered for most is that he lived a good life.  His sphere of influence was great and he left behind a legacy of love.  What more could you want in life?

This arrangement is for anyone who has ever lost a loved one.  May it bring you peace  — the peace that comes from knowing that we will be reunited with our loved ones when our earthly sojourn is complete.  

Life is good.

All is well.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

America the Beautiful

I have the coolest aunt in the world.  Always have.  Growing up we spent many unforgettable vacations together.  An especially fun memory occurred just after my eighteenth birthday.   I was headed off to college to live on my own for the very first time.  That summer both our families had been vacationing at Flaming Gorge in southern Utah.  When it was time for me check into my dorm for fall semester, my sweet Aunt Debbie helped me get settled in.    

I remember she took me shopping after I was all situated in my room.  While cruising through the mall we saw a photo booth, jumped in and the camera started clicking away.  I’m sure our giggles could be heard a couple stores in either direction.

You never know what fun awaits when you’re with her.  I love the laughter that we share when we are together.  Her smile really is contagious and she always looks on the bright side of life.   

I arranged this piano solo of America the Beautiful for my wonderful Aunt Debbie.  We share a deep and abiding love for family, for country and for our ancestors who possessed a profound spiritual connection to this land.  They walked the path before us, paved the way and made our journey a little lighter.  

Love Love Love you Aunt Deb!!

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

Julie grew up in the Bay area just an hour away from my hometown.  We met the summer following my freshman year of college while working in the ticket booth at Oakwood Lake Waterslides.   I always looked forward to the weekends when our shifts would overlap.   My very first impression of her:  This girl is FUN!!! 

I married that fall, about the time she started dating my brother and the rest is history.  We have shared so many great memories.   During the lean years while working to put our husbands through college we’d have movie nights and make homemade fries.  We could sing Barry Manilow songs all night long even before karaoke was a thing.  We shared trips to the mountains, to the coast, and to Disneyland.  I vaguely recall once coming dangerously close to capsizing our pontoon boat rental out on the lake.  A recent highlight was rocking out with family at a Lionel Richie concert in Vegas.  Good stuff.

Everything is funner when Julie is around.  She can hold her own against anyone when it comes to 70s and 80s music trivia.  She is just about the World’s Greatest Page Turner and she can harmonize like nobody’s business.  Listening to her play her rendition of Winter Wonderland on the piano is a treat— she rocks those key changes.  

This arrangement of Tell Me the Stories of Jesus is for you, Julie.  I hope you like the key changes at the end.  Love you sistah!!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Behold the Great Redeemer Die

Behold the great Redeemer die,

A broken law to satisfy.

He dies a sacrifice for sin,

He dies a sacrifice for sin,

That man may live and glory win.

While guilty men his pains deride,

They pierce his hands and feet and side;

And with insulting scoffs and scorns,

And with insulting scoffs and scorns,

They crown his head with plaited thorns.

Although in agony he hung,

No murm’ring word escaped his tongue.

His high commission to fulfill,

His high commission to fulfill,

He magnified his Father’s will.

“Father, from me remove this cup.

Yet, if thou wilt, I’ll drink it up.

I’ve done the work thou gavest me,

I’ve done the work thou gavest me,

Receive my spirit unto thee.”

  - Eliza R. Snow, 1804-1887

Wishing you every good thing during this hopeful time of year.  

Happy Easter!!

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Rejoice, the Lord Is King!

Mom had her first four children within six years. SHE IS A SAINT!!!  By the time I came along, my brother, Dave, was already two.  He is named after our dad, who is named after his dad -- a strong line of Crocketts. 

I tried to keep up with my brother as best I could, but for a while our two years age difference was pretty obvious.  As time went on the gap began to blur.  As a result, I grew up a bit of a tomboy of sorts.  Afternoons were filled with three flies up, marbles and riding bikes until the street lights came on.  We explored the High Sierras in every season, went camping, fishing and hiked along forgotten roads that skirted groves of quaking aspen trees.

I'm sure I drove him crazy as a child.  Riding in the family station wagon, we girls just couldn’t stop ourselves from singing.  And we travelled a lot.   

One trip to the beach when I was pretty young, I was sad because I was too little to go fishing with the others.  My big brother fashioned a pole just for me out of a rope and a stick so that I could fish too.  I was so proud of that pole.  

Halloween was always fun.  We found if you use a pillowcase instead of a little orange bucket and run from house to house you could more than double your take that night.  For some reason his candy stash always seemed to last forever while mine was gone in a week.

Some of my adult memories with Dave are boating, canoeing,  and fishing with the grandkids.   Singing around the piano with our children warms my heart as I  hear Dave’s pure tenor voice harmonizing behind me.  Caroling on Christmas Eve and leaving wreaths and ornaments on grandparents’ graves Christmas Day is a December highlight.  One especially memorable trip to the coast involved the making of the epic home movie Beach House Martians.   

Dave is somehow able to find more than 24 hours in a day as he works and serves others tirelessly.  He stands for truth and is rock solid in his convictions.  And he’s really fun to watch Pink Panther movies with — his laughter is contagious. Thanks, Brother, for being someone I can always look up to.  Love you!!!!

— a piano solo for my brother, Dave

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