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Monday, April 16, 2018
Primary — it’s the name of the children’s organization at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Every Sunday young ones, ages 18 months through 11 years, meet for a few hours. They learn about Jesus and how to become more like Him. They’re shown how to feel Heavenly Father’s love for them and about the plan of happiness.
Music is a big part of Sunday worship in Primary. It has been my privilege to be the primary pianist off and on throughout the years since I was about 14. In my opinion, children possess more Christ-like qualities than just about anyone else. We adults can learn so much from them.
I wrote the music to this song when I was around 16. I made a primitive tape recording of it and gave it to my Aunt Dorothy who then added lyrics. I remember performing it with my sister, Jen, who sang it at a conference when she was very young.
For this recording I enlisted the help of all five of my grandchildren: Josh, Seth, Trekker, Charlie and Cora. It’s vain to deny that I stooped to bribery. Trekker’s comment at the end is evidence of this. And yes, he did get his special car.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Love at first sight. That’s what I experienced when I first laid eyes on her.
Our first granddaughter Cora Mae Hutchings was born December 1, 2017. She arrived fashionably late. Hutchings babies are big, but Cora was the biggest newborn yet weighing in at a whopping 10 lbs and 9 oz. She has a porcelain doll-like quality about her. There is a twinkle in her eye when she smiles—almost like she has a secret she wants to share with you. She may well ring in the era of the girls in our little brood.
I can’t wait to climb mountains with her so she can experience the view from above. There is something about a view that can only be seen after making an effort. I want to walk with her behind waterfalls. I want to swim in the ocean with her alongside an ancient sea turtle. Oh, the songs we will sing and the cookies we will bake. But I guess those things can wait. For now I will relish this sweet little angel sent from above. She’s an absolute joy and I count myself lucky to be her grandma.
With Cora in mind I wrote this piano solo. I tried to weave in the hint of an old favorite melody from an LDS children’s song here and there. I hope she likes it.
Click HERE to download free sheet music