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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.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

All Creatures of Our God and King

I have so many favorite hymns — too numerous to mention really, but if pressed I would have to say that my all-time favorite has to be the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King.  The words combined with the music are heavenly.  The tone seems to express a desire for man and nature to be one.   The third verse speaks of the flowing water which brings cleansing and healing.  I like to think of that clear water as being a symbol of Christ, the Living Water.

My first attempt at hymn arranging began with this very piece over 30 years ago.  Once finished, I never really felt like I did it justice so I hid it away and rarely looked it.  Just the other day I decided to dust it off and give it another chance.  I beefed it up with a one page intro.  At the end I added a few more pages including a few lines of Ralph (pronounced Rafe) Vaughan Williams’ work.  His rich harmonies flow like a river and move in ways that reach deep in my soul.

Even now I still think my arrangement isn’t as good as I would like, but if it brings to mind the sentiment conveyed by St. Francis of Assisi centuries ago, then I guess it wasn't in vain.

All creatures of our God and King,
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam,
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Alleluia!  Oh, praise Him!  Alleluia! 

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
Ye clouds that sail in heav’n along,
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice;
Ye light of evening, find a voice,
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That gives to man both warmth and light,
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

Dear Mother Earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
Alleluia!  Alleluia!

The flow’rs and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them his glory also show,

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

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*Photo credit:  Echo Studios

Thursday, July 9, 2020

I Think the World Is Glorious

This is another one of those I’ve-loved-this-song-for-as-long-as-I-can-remember type songs.  Even better— it was written the year I was born so that’s gotta mean something, right?  Other than that it’s been around for a reeeeeeally long time.

To me this song is about seeing nature through the eyes of a child.  It’s about a little voice pouring out her heart in song — a thankful expression that lifts the soul while praising God.

Psalms 100:1-2  “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.”

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Monday, April 20, 2020

I Need Thee Every Hour

I am the luckiest.  For most of my childhood I was blessed having both of my grandmothers living in my hometown. It was an added bonus having two great grandmothers nearby as well.  A special bond exists between grandmothers and granddaughters.  We had silly sleepovers, crazy fun outdoor adventures and warm family gatherings.  

And there was music.  When I first began accompanying the children in Sunday School, Grandma Jennie was the music director.  I loved hearing her play her autoharp. Each year the family laughed and laughed as we performed the bells at Christmas time.  I would ride my bike over to her house to practice her organ when I was around ten.  I still remember one day taking a break from my practicing so that she could teach me to dance the cha cha.  Oh how we giggled!   

Singing around the piano, Grandma Nott would request her three favorites: Minuet Waltz, Blue Moon and I Need Thee Every Hour.  She sang straight from her heart.  She was born and raised in Texas, and if there’s one thing a Texan knows, it’s how to sing a plaintive melody.  My sisters and I would always ask her to sing the folk songs she learned from her mother that tugged at our heartstrings.  

This arrangement is dedicated to my beautiful grandmothers.  It was written for three-part women’s voices.  It’s a little on the low side.   Here in the video my daughter sings it alone (er… as a duet if you count Skylee).  To perform it as a solo, simply sing the second soprano part until measure 28 and then jump up to the first soprano.  Thanks again and again Jesse for the video!!!  You ROCK!!!  I am also including an instrumental audio version with three part harmony. 

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Monday, March 30, 2020

The Lord Is My Light

We live in challenging times.  Uncertainty is the new norm.  I pray for us all as we navigate our way through this mortal journey we call life.  Now more than ever I find myself leaning heavily on my love of family, my faith, and on music.  Music has an energy all its own and if in listening to my arrangements you find peace and a momentary respite from your worries, it makes my heart full.  

The Lord is my light; then why should I fear?
By day and by night his presence is near.
He is my salvation from sorrow and sin;
This blessed assurance the Spirit doth bring.

The Lord is my light; tho clouds may arise,
Faith, stronger than sight, looks up thru the skies
Where Jesus forever in glory doth reign.
Then how can I ever in darkness remain?

The Lord is my light; the Lord is my strength.
I know in his might Ill conquer at length.
My weakness in mercy he covers with powr,
And, walking by faith, I am blest evry hour.

The Lord is my light, my all and in all.
There is in his sight no darkness at all.
He is my Redeemer, my Savior, and King.
With Saints and with angels his praises Ill sing.


The Lord is my light;
He is my joy and my song.
By day and by night
He leads, he leads me along.

               Text:James Nicholson, 1828–1876

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Let the Holy Spirit Guide

The Holy Ghost.  The third member of the Godhead.  A personage of spirit, He teaches us what to do and where to go.  Yet as I go about life His influence can be easy to miss because He often speaks in a still, small voice.  I love that the sign of the dove has been given as a calm, serene, peaceful witness for the Holy Ghost.

George Reynolds stated, “The Holy Spirit is also something which we, for lack of better terms, may characterize as energy, a force, a power, an influence, which proceedeth from the Godhead and fills the universe, both the visible and invisible. This energy, this influence, can be poured out; the inner man can be immersed in it as the body in the waters of baptism.”

LeGrand Richards shared that the Holy Ghost is in the medium through whom God and his Son, Jesus Christ, communicate with us upon the earth, unless through personal visitation.  The Holy Ghost enlightens our minds and gives us the knowledge and the truth when we have faith in Christ and seek sincerely in order that we may accept the truth. 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dare To Do Right

It is humbling to stand at the base of the Lincoln Memorial and look up into the face of the man who lead our country through some of its most troubled times. Abraham Lincoln has always been and will remain my favorite president of the United States.  A self-educated man, he possessed a sharp wit and rose to greatness in part due to his perseverance, courage and vision.  He once said, “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.”

In a speech made just before he took office in 1860, Lincoln said, “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

Dare to Do Right — an arrangement for children’s choir.
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

I have always admired Joseph Brickey's painting Journey to Bethlehem.  The little shepherd boy and Mary lock eyes as they pass one another along the road.  Did the young boy’s heart burn within him?  Did he wonder why?

On that very night Christ would be born and those chosen to be the first witnesses were humble shepherds.  I think of the moments leading up to the angel appearing to them to declare good tidings of great joy.  Might someone have been humming a low, quiet tune to calm the sheep? Perhaps a soft melody of a flute floated through the night air.

As I sat down to arrange this piece, I chose to begin and end it with stillness. At first it is the tranquility of shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night.  Towards the middle there is more of an urgency as they leave in haste to follow the star.  And it closes with the peaceful night visit in the manger while those very same shepherds draw close to adore the newborn babe.    

May the peace that comes from the Good Shepherd abide in your hearts this holiday season and all year through.  Merry Christmas!!

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