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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


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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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

This piano duet is for my beautiful sister, Dineen.  Growing up we’d sing this hymn at church in the old Pine Street chapel.  It was a fun one to sing — especially the echo part.


Dineen is three years younger than me.  We’re the middle children --  three and four in the line up of six, so we share many golden childhood memories.


When we were young our grandparents built a small cabin just over the mountains from our house.  We had the best of times there.  Dad would always stop on the way there and get us ice cream.  We climbed mountains and trees.  Gazing off summits it felt like we were on top of the world.  We’d save our nickels and dimes and walk to Lawson’s candy store.  We’d go rock hounding on Crystal Mountain and play hide and seek in the trees until dark.  We would take shovels in the heat of a Topaz summer and create trails on the side of the mountain so that come wintertime when the snow flew we’d have the perfect tubing runs. And there was Mutley, the world's coolest dog, who’d protect us on our bone hunting adventures.


I remember catching bunnies in grandma's backyard, matching moo moos, and summers filled with watermelons, camping and fishing.  We loved skiing and riding in the boat with grandpa.  Dune buggies.  Hondas.  We had epic Fourth of July park sessions with the cousins at Shasta Park.  The list goes on and on.


My sister is hard-working. 

My sister is fearless. 

My sister loves to laugh. 

My sister has a heart of gold. 

She notices the unnoticed. 

She is so much fun to be around.

She loves animals and nature.

And she loves a challenge.  She played center on the Modesto Maniax, a women's tackle football team.  Yeah, my sister is cooler than your sister.


I love you, Dineen!!!  Thanks for putting up with me as a kid.  When I grow up I want to be just like you.



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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,

The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.


The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,

But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes.

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky

And stay by my cradle 'til morning is nigh.


Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,

And fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.


          -John T. McFarland




Wishing you peace, light and joy this holiday season.  


Merry Christmas!!





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Monday, November 15, 2021

Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God

With hearts and hands and voices,

Who wondrous things hath done,

In whom his earth rejoices;

Who, from our mothers' arms,

Hath blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love

And still is ours today.


Oh, may our bounteous God

Through all our life be near us,

With ever joyful hearts

And blessed peace to cheer us,

And keep us in his love,

And guide us day and night,

And free us from all ills,

Protect us by his might.


Text by Martin Rinkhart

trans. by Catherine Winkworth





I give thanks for family, friends, and all that I hold most dear.



Piano Prelude No. 13:  Now Thank We All Our God



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