Nov 292015

Here’s a wonderful new album by singer Laura Pattillo to start your Christmas season off right. The arrangements are by Kurt Bestor, and the combination is gorgeous. I wanted to know a little more about her, so I asked her how she’d describe herself…

“I’m the mother of 5 crazy children. I live in Kennewick, Washington–the desert side of the state. I married the world’s most wonderful man (sorry ladies!). I studied music for several years at BYU, but marriage put a stop to that. I eventually finished an online degree through BYU in Creative Writing and have added children’s author to my list of hobbies. I’m an opera-singing farm-girl, and I’m always busy.”Laura Pattillo

Laura included my “And His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful” on the album. The intro and interludes have the “For Unto Us a Child is Born” motif included in them, which is very cool. Here’s the track:

Isn’t that lovely? (The sheet music isn’t currently available–I’ll let you know if that changes.) I’m just sitting here enjoying this whole album tonight as I post this… and feeling very Christmassy. :) Links to the album are below. Enjoy!

O Holy Night album cover
Hear the whole album on Laura’s Soundcloud Stream.

Purchase the album in CD or MP3 format at Laura’s website or at Amazon, or you can get any or all of the tracks on iTunes.

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

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

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

…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 “The [Read More…]

Jul 032014

…a new compilation CD. That I finally finished. Hallelujah. It’s called “He is My Song,” and here’s a list of what’s on the disk, with links to the song pages and a description of the new material that’s been added: Be Still, My Soul (James Loynes) The Lord is My Shepherd (Heather Prusse) This is [Read More…]

Jun 162014

It didn’t quite seem fair to post this on Father’s Day because even though it’s about my dear old dad, it made me laugh at his expense, so I figured I’d save it for the day after. I received an interesting e-mail from one of you awhile back, though maybe “amusing” would be a better [Read More…]

Jun 142014
Poetic Tendencies?

If you’re a poet wanna-be like I am, here’s a great little resource called Rhymedesk. Very cool. Enjoy! Share this!

May 112014

I think that for this Mother’s Day (in the US at least) I could not do better than to re-post a poem written for me by my daughter Holly. Is there a mother in the world who wouldn’t melt at having such a thing written for her? Quite often I look at my babies, And [Read More…]

May 052014

In the August 2010 edition of the Ensign magazine, a lovely hymn titled “Come Home” appeared. We used it in our ward choir, and I liked it well enough that when the composer, Michael Moody, suggested that I arrange it for choral anthem, I was thrilled at the prospect. Since Heather and I were working [Read More…]