I stopped taking piano lessons my senior year of high school. The years that followed I continued to play here and there but I never really pushed myself like I did when I was young. Come to think of it, I'm not sure I ever really applied myself back then either. Queen of Mediocrity. I should embroider that on a pillow. When my youngest was about 4 years old I decided to hit it again and take lessons. I wanted to try to get back to the level I was at when I was 18.
I absolutely loved my two years studying with Rozanne Hogan. She is simply AMAZING!!! I spent an entire year rediscovering all 31 pages of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with her. What. A. Blast.
I wrote this for my sister, Julie. I Know That My Redeemer Lives is one of her favs (mine too.) Of the six Crockett kids, Julie came first. She has me by three years. I've always looked up to her -- always loved being around her. We've made some sweet memories through the years. She's saved the day on more than one occasion. When we get to talking, she knows what I'm saying even when I don't realize what I'm saying is coming out backwards. We laugh a lot. She is the perfect eldest sister. She's kind, wise, fun, and she has a heart of pure gold. I only wish a little of her would have rubbed off on me.
So this arrangement … it may seem like a bit of a stretch pairing these two pieces up, but if you're in doubt, just wait until the last page. It's emotionally charged and it blows me away every time I play it. Thank you George!!! The arrangement is written for four part women's voices. What with COVID and all, for now I had to settle for a recording with strings instead of actual voices but you get the idea.