Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Abby's baptism song

I got Abby's baptism song on the site as well as a recording of her singing it. She is so cute!! I love it. She really loved being able to sing, and I love being able to share this with everyone. It is called I Want to Be With My Savior Again. Take a listen!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The cantata has officialy been started

So I finished my first song for the cantata yesterday. It is a song that talks about what Mary Magdalene felt when she found the Saviors body gone from the tomb and then when she sees the Savior in the garden. It is written as a soprano solo and  I am really excited about it. When I get the final copy all done, I will post it to my site. It always takes me a while to get it looking exactly the way I want it to look. I can't wait to get started on the next song.....don't know what it will be yet, but I have an idea of how I want the cantata to go, so I will get working on the next song in the next few days.

Another project that I just finished today is a song for my daughter. I have always liked the idea that Sally DeFord had to write all of her kids a song when they were baptized. Sally always has the best ideas, doesn't she? Anyways, I wrote a song today called I Want to Be With My Savior Again. My daughter turns 8 in May. This is our first 8 year old (I can't believe how old I am getting!!). We are so excited for her to be baptized, and I am so proud of her for making this decision. She talks about it all of the time and can hardly wait. This song talks about all we need to do in this life to be able to return to live with our Savior again. The reason why I thought it would be a good song for her, is that she has always been so incredibly obedient. We have never had to worry about her, she always does exactly what she is supposed to do. She really keeps us on our toes. I know that she will always do what she needs to do in order to live with her Savior again. Thanks Abby!! You are the best. I am going to have her learn it, then have her sing and record it to put on the site. She is excited about this. Her big debut!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I really love the music that goes along with Easter. I love how it focuses on our Savior and the incredible sacrifice he made for all mankind. I wrote an arrangement a few weeks ago that my ward choir is going to sing for Easter. It is an arrangement of the hymn, "How Great the Wisdom and the Love". I added one more verse at the end with words taken from the hymn "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". I really hope this helps people feel of the importance of the Savior in their lives.

I am also really grateful to have a ward choir that will humor me and let me use them as guinea pigs. They are always the first ones to try out a lot of my arrangements, and then let me make changes before putting them on my site. Thanks guys!!

So my latest project idea is to write an Easter cantata. I grew up in Sally DeFords ward (which is still the same ward when I go home to visit the fam), and I always remember every year looking forward to Sally's cantatas. I had the privilege of playing the piano for some of them. She is truly amazing, and it is such an honor knowing her. Anyways....I was just talking to my mom the other day about how she has been going to cantata practices with Sally, and the idea came to me that I would love for my stake to be able to do something like this. So, I have no idea if the stake is going to do it, but I have started writing a cantata for next Easter in hopes that someone will be able to use it. If anything, I have been learning so much as I have been focusing on reading Jesus the Christ by Talmage, and the scriptures. My life has truly been blessed already with a new understanding of what my Savior did for me, and the feelings of those people that were closest to Him. This has definitely been keeping me busy.

I will keep you posted on how it is going!