Aug 262016
 

Katie in the recording room
One of the highlights of my summer was having the beautiful and talented Katie Bastian come to Colorado to play to work on music. One of the songs we recorded was, “In That Holy Place,” which I wrote by assignment way back in 2002. Katie and I spent a nice, long weekend recording this and some other things–there’s a new Christmas song coming up, and here’s a sample of Katie’s own beautiful arranging: Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me.

Katie and Hiko
Lest we be accused of actually working efficiently, I’ll admit that we spent at least half our time gabbing, eating too much, gabbing, playing with the dog, gabbing, and enjoying ourselves immensely. I wasn’t sure I was actually going to send her home. Ya think maybe Hiko felt the same? She spoiled him rotten.

Katie and the Muppets
If Katie looks familiar, maybe you watched her sing “Keep Christmas With You” along with a couple of Muppets during the Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas program awhile back. So fun! (Hmmm… Hiko looks a bit like a Muppet…)


This version of “In That Holy Place” has a new accompaniment and includes an obbligato for flute. Both are available on the song page. The video includes Katie’s vocals, and flute by Anne Lauritzen.

Fort Collins Colorado LDS Temple
If you’ve ever wanted to peek inside a temple, watch for open houses when new temples are built. Currently (until 9/10/16) the Fort Collins Colorado temple is open for (free) public tours. If you’re in the vicinity, drop in. Reserved tickets are available, but not necessary. 🙂

Jul 302016
 

Here are two old-but-new renditions in video form, with contributions from several wonderful people. First, here’s Tj Pini singing “Created in His Image.” The accompaniment has been reworked for this one. You can find it on the song page. The video footage was done by Natasha Nashadka, an erstwhile Colorado girl who moved away and [Read More…]

May 042016
 
Another beautiful voice: Tiffany Mortensen

Listen to the nice surprise that showed up in my in-box: So beautiful! Tiffany has graciously offered this to us for free download.* Visit her at www.tiffanymortensen.com *Click the icon at the top right that looks like this: Share this!

Jan 182016
 
Primary Music :)

Last October, a primary choir sang a medley of “Search, Ponder, and Pray” and “I Think When I Read That Sweet Story.” I was asked to arrange this specifically for the conference, and the sheet music was not then available. Now, thanks to the lovely folks in the Music and Cultural Arts office… ***drum roll*** [Read More…]

Dec 062015
 
A couple of Christmas additions

Just a quick update this time. I’ve added an SATB hymn called “As Sudden Angels Filled the Night,” with an optional obbligato for two flutes. The words were written by my friend Toni Thomas, and the music is by yours truly. I don’t often write straight hymns, so this was fun (and challenging) for me. [Read More…]

Oct 232015
 
How Can I Do Anything but Love Him?

I know that he died that I might be forgiven my follies, my sins, and be cleansed from them. How wonderful is this love. How can I, knowing this, do anything else but love him, my Redeemer?” Joseph Fielding Smith On the long list of things for which I am grateful, the Savior is at [Read More…]

Oct 172015
 
Hymn of Grateful Praise

There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf Last year I determined that for all of 2015 I would write and arrange only songs that expressed gratitude. Music that asked for nothing, and gave thanks for the really wonderful things [Read More…]

Oct 122015
 

This lovely rendition of “If the Savior Stood Beside Me,” performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the Sunday morning session of General Conference, was arranged by Sam Cardon. The sheet music is, unfortunately, not available. (Neither is the conference center organ, or those amazing organists… so it’s probably for the best. 😉 ) This [Read More…]

Sep 042015
 
Situation normal...

If you’ve dropped in to see me over the past week, you’ve noticed that my site has been either slow as molasses or nonexistent. After fighting with it for four days, I finally gave up and moved it to a new host. So far, so good. My apologies if you’ve needed things and couldn’t connect. [Read More…]

Apr 252015
 
Google is now officially too big for its britches.

I’ve had a beef with Google since “searches in quotes” stopped working… not to mention searches that require the inclusion of +certain +terms and the exclusion of -other -terms. However, they hit one out of the park this last week. “Mobilegeddon” has struck, courtesy of the erstwhile-best-but-now-mediocre search engine we all know and used to [Read More…]

Jan 012015
 
State of the Site 2014: A big "Thank You!"

Another year, another set of statistics. My site stats always surprise me. Nothing goes viral, nothing makes a big splash, and yet the end of the year numbers always leave me scratching my head. For instance: It would appear that there were 600,000 or so unique human beings out there who dropped in to visit [Read More…]

Dec 102014
 

Until further notice, the Personal Composer Demo may be downloaded here: PERSONAL COMPOSER DEMO This is an .exe file. I do not know how your computer will respond to the attempt to download an executable, or what dire warnings it may give you. Happy transposing. I hope. Share this!

Dec 092014
 

Here’s a sample track from a new release called “Noel” by Mattie June Millward. She recorded five of my songs/arrangements, featuring guitar by Clive Romney: O Come, O Come Emmanuel; A Manger Filled With Love; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; Peace, Peace, Peace; and As Shepherds Kept Their Lonely Vigil. I’m just loving this [Read More…]

Dec 082014
 
Jackman Music 2-for-1 Sale, Dec. 11, 2014

Just wanted to make sure you all are aware of Jackman Music’s buy-one-get-one-free sale, this Thursday, December 11. You have to buy multiples of two to get the sale price. This is a great time to stock up for the new year. Happy shopping! Share this!

Nov 292014
 
If I Listen With My Heart - Ryan Murphy arrangement

In General Conference, October 2014, the Tabernacle Choir presented a lovely rendition of “If I Listen With My Heart,” arranged by associate director Ryan Murphy. Ryan has generously made the score available here so you can use it in your own choir. Here’s the performance from October: This version is deceptively simple. A friend in [Read More…]

Nov 172014
 
All Tied Up With a Bow

You know that amazing feeling when you actually manage to finish something? Not just sorta finish, with a few loose ends that you’ll get to… um… eventually. I mean really finish? The last few scores and page updates for my Christmas album with Allyse Smith Taylor are DONE. Fertig. Terminado. Acabado. Gotowy. 完成した. (All translations [Read More…]

Sep 262014
 
Last Christmas...

…I came up with a Christmas Card Carol, alas, too late to post the score. So here it is as the first offering of the Christmas barrage that is about to begin. It’s called “Star of Wonder,” and it’s set for vocal solo only, with optional violin obbligato. The recording includes vocals by James Loynes, [Read More…]

Aug 292014
 

‘Bout time eh? 🙂 I’ve been immersed in Christmas music for the past few months, working on a new album with Allyse Smith Taylor. There will be some old favorites as well as some new things on it. It should be ready in a month-ish… I hope… so in the meantime… Here’s a song called [Read More…]