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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


Sunday, August 1, 2021

Abide with Me; ’Tis Eventide & Clair de Lune

I began working on this piece last fall shortly after my eighth grandchild, Tessa, was born.  I knew I wanted to mesh a hymn with Claude Debussy’s mysterious and beautiful Clair de Lune, but I wasn’t sure which one.  I skimmed through the hymnbook looking for something that matched the mood and meter, and Abide with Me; ’Tis Eventide jumped out — not exactly newborn material.  All the while as I combined these two pieces I was thinking about sweet baby Tessa.  I tried to keep it soft and delicate like a newborn, but this arrangement has spirit.  It wasn’t whispering to me, it was shouting, “Go big or go home.”    Speaking of big, at birth Tessa tipped the scale at 13 pounds 4 ounces.  Go big or go home is right!  Lisa, YOU are a rock star!!!   


I can’t wait to watch as Tessa’s personality unfolds.  Maybe she will play volleyball in college like her mama or she might be drawn to basketball like her dad.  I can just see her — bold and fearless!!  But for now she’s our sweet little cuddle bug.  When I hold her in my arms I feel the warmth of heaven sink deep into my bones.  Love you sweet Tessa girl!!!



 

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Master, the Tempest Is Raging

Things have been a little hectic around here for the past few months with barely a moment to catch my breath.  When I have been able to sit down at the piano, I have reached for Chopin’s Preludes — G Minor and G# Minor especially.  They have matched my frenzied mood.  So when I randomly picked up a pencil and staff paper these first four agitated, driven lines came spilling out.  


Didn’t know what to do with them at first until the hymn Master, the Tempest Is Raging came to mind.  The time signature didn’t quite fit but not far into it I adopted a 6/8 time signature to remedy that.


Storms of life come and go.  Some are mild, others knock me off my feet.  When I land on my knees it is always Christ stilling the tempest that brings peace to my soul.  I’ll keep searching the skies for rainbows after the storms and maybe even learn to dance in the rain.


1. Master, the tempest is raging!

The billows are tossing high!

The sky is o’ershadowed with blackness.

No shelter or help is nigh.

Carest thou not that we perish?

How canst thou lie asleep

When each moment so madly is threat’ning

A grave in the angry deep?


[Chorus]

The winds and the waves shall obey thy will:

Peace, be still.

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea

Or demons or men or whatever it be,

No waters can swallow the ship where lies

The Master of ocean and earth and skies.


They all shall sweetly obey thy will:

Peace, be still; peace, be still.

They all shall sweetly obey thy will:

Peace, peace, be still.


2.  Master, with anguish of spirit

I bow in my grief today.

The depths of my sad heart are troubled.

Oh, waken and save, I pray!

Torrents of sin and of anguish

Sweep o’er my sinking soul,

And I perish!  I perish!  dear Master.

Oh, hasten and take control!


3.  Master, the terror is over.

The elements sweetly rest.

Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored,

And heaven’s within my breast.

Linger, O blessed Redeemer!

Leave me alone no more,

And with joy I shall make the blest harbor

And rest on the blissful shore.


-Mary Ann Baker



Click HERE to download free sheet music 



Friday, April 30, 2021

Keziah's Theme

We are pretty excited around here.  My daughter Jesse’s second book just came out on Amazon.  While My Brother Sleeps is historical fiction based on a story in the Book of Mormon.

Here is a brief synopsis in her own words:


When her city is captured by her sworn enemies, the last thing Keziah expected was to battle feelings of forbidden love for the military captain of the Lamanite army. Along with the pain they had caused her people for generations, Keziah had a mark of hatred burned inside of her heart for intimate reason. They were the Blood Hunters. Follow along as she learns lessons from her ancestors of courage, love, forgiveness, and fighting for what she truly believes in.



While My Brother Sleeps is a captivating book and I highly recommend it — not biased or anything.  I had the privilege of writing the music for the promo trailer for the book.  Our little Skylee portrays a young Keziah in the video.



I stripped down the sheet music for just piano and flute, but the trailer version also includes vocals, wooden flute and percussion.  Video credit goes to Jesse too.  Way to go Jess!!  


Click HERE to download free sheet music  

Friday, March 19, 2021

I Am a Child of God

This one I wrote for Walter.  What can I tell you about this little guy?  To know him is to love him.  My heart feels lighter when he’s near.  He is the second son of my second son.  Their family just came for a visit and, yeah, I’m kind of obsessed with him.  He is quick to smile and loves discovering new things.  At nine months he’s already walking.  He adores his older brother Charlie who’s always making him laugh.  And that laugh — I love his deep, husky laugh.



One day when he’s older I will tell him about what this wonderful song I Am a Child of God means to me.  I’ve been singing it for as long as I can remember.  From it I came to know that just as we have earthly parents, we also have heavenly parents, the creators of our spirits, who know and love us.  They want us to be happy and to live life to the fullest.  And because we are God’s children there is something of the divine in each of us.    


I can’t wait to watch Walter as he learns and grows, watch him compete in sporting events and perform in recitals and concerts.  What exciting adventures does the world have in store for him?  Can’t wait to find out.


                 I am a child of God,

                And he has sent me here,

                Has given me an earthly home

                With parents kind and dear.


                Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,

                Help me find the way.

                Teach me all that I must do 

                To live with him someday.

         

               -Naomi W. Randall



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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Behold, I Come Quickly

This has been a fun one from its inception 13 years ago when I had happened onto the DVD Yanni — Live at the Acropolis.  On it there was a piece called “Aria” performed by two female vocalists.  It was insane and I was totally blown away.  Inspired by that, I set out to write something for women’s voices whose vocals could soar and intertwine and take me to another place.  As this piece started coming together the driving tempo ran away with me.  That’s when the title emerged out of nowhere, “Behold, I Come Quickly.”


In the book Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, President Hinckley shares that the Savior will come again.  “When He does come the second time He shall come in glory, in contrast with the way He came in the meridian of time … [when He] condescended to come as a babe born in a manger in Bethlehem of Judea.” 


I don’t know when Jesus will return or if I will be alive when He does, but I love the idea that wars and contentions will end with Christ himself reigning upon the earth in peace as the King of kings.



Thanks so very much to Trish Sewell for her incredible vocals and to Jesse Blackburn and her mad videography skills.  We had to trim the song down from a whopping six minutes to the fit the 2-1/2 minute video.  The sheet music and audio file below are of the full, original version.  


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

God Speed the Right

It’s snowing outside.  Here I sit by the fire taking it all in as the snow comes down blanketing my neighborhood in white.  I’m reading The Willie and Martin Handcart Story.  In 1856 European immigrants met with tragedy on their trek west to the Salt Lake Valley.  A late start and an early winter created the perfect storm.  

 

The first 200 miles went well, but not long after the early snowstorms hit.  They pushed on by day in the harsh winter elements with little relief from the cold at night.  Frozen limbs and frozen expressions as loved ones around them fell to the ground and did not get up.  Wolves in the distance were watching and waiting.  Eventually they became stranded in the high country of Wyoming.




I can’t comprehend their struggles.  I know what it is like to push a wheelbarrow full of wet wood on a cold winter morning.  When snow covers the ground it’s nearly impossible for me to go very far.  How did they persevere on their quest? 


To me God Speed the Right rings true as a tribute to early pioneers who displayed extraordinary courage and suffered the unimaginable in order to gather in the West with those who shared their spiritual convictions.


Now to heav’n our prayer ascending,

God speed the right;

In a noble cause contending,

God speed the right.

Be our zeal in heaven recorded,

With success on earth rewarded.

God speed the right.

God speed the right.


Be that prayer again repeated,…

Ne’er despairing, though defeated,…

Like the great and good in story,

If we fail, we fail with glory.

God speed the right.

God speed the right.


Patient, firm, and persevering,…

No event nor danger fearing,…

Pains, nor toils, nor trials heeding,

And in heav’n’s good time succeeding,

God speed the right.

God speed the right.


—William E. Hickson



Click HERE to download free sheet music

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

O Holy Night

I tried.  I tried.  I really tried.  When I sat down to arrange this piece I tried to keep it soft and delicate from start to finish.  I almost made it.  But then it just popped out there.  In my mind I heard the lyrics “Fall on your knees!  Oh, hear the angel voices!  O night divine, o night when Christ was born …”  and my heart just couldn't contain it.  John Sullivan Dwight’s English translation of this carol combined with the soaring music crafted by Adolphe Adam have made this one of the most beautiful, inspired pieces ever written.  




O Holy Night!  The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

’Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope - the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees!  Oh, hear the angel voices!

O night divine, o night when Christ was born;

O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!


Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by his cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

Now come the wise men from the Orient land.

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger; 

In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,

Behold your King!  Before him lowly bend!

Behold your King!  Before him lowly bend!


Truly He taught us to love one another,

His law is love and his gospel is peace.

Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother,

And in his name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in graceful chorus raise we,

With all our hearts we praise his holy name.

Christ is the Lord!  Then ever, ever praise we,

His power and glory evermore proclaim!

His power and glory evermore proclaim! 



Whatever your circumstance, wherever life takes you, here’s wishing you a hope-filled holiday season.   Merry Christmas!!!



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