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Exploring: The Story

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This is too fun! This was my second attempt at a 30 minute piece!

This piece reminds me of my two mini-scientists exploring the world of Zoology this week (in homeschool). It has been so much fun to catch ants for our ant farm, take a walk to try to find a worm (no luck!) and order a caterpillar to butterfly kit that we are anticipating will come tomorrow!

Here is my 30 second masterpiece #2!

Exploring

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Sleepless: The Story

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Has it been hard to sleep lately? I have had some nights of tossing and turning and I just COULD NOT SLEEP! I hate it when that happens- especially because I am usually really good at sleeping!

This week I decided to try a 30 minute challenge: “Write an entire piece in 30 minutes!” It was the BEST use of 30 minutes as it got my creative juices turned on and gave me a big boost when I finished- plus the process was exciting and fun! I called it sleepless because it reminds me of the process of falling asleep. You’ll hear a melody that reminds me of that twilight right-before-sleep time, then a shift that represents a thought catching hold- something you need to think hard about and gets your heart racing…then back to deep breaths and trying to sleep…At the end it trails off and you drop into a nice dreamy slumber.

Sleepless

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The Little Red Flute: The Story

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Hello friends!  August is going quick, isn’t it?

The last few months I’ve been learning about orchestration but decided at some point that the best way to learn how is to put down the instructional material, sit myself down and try.  Orchestra music feels pretty far out of my current reality since I’ve never played in an orchestra.  Listening  Star Wars music or some good ‘ole Beethoven has me dazzled but isn’t something I know how to replicate at the moment.  (Maybe it’s because they are two of the finest orchestrators I can think of…).  Anyway, I decided that writing for something I know and can understand may be a good starting place: Junior High Band.  Not only did I play in one (french horn!) but my 1st son is currently in Junior High Band and my 2nd son will be there next year (shout out to trombones!).

This is what I came up with.  The best part of this project was that I felt way more invested in the process than finishing and sharing the product.  Writing music is just so dang fun!

This piece has changed titles a few times, from “Go and Do the Extra Mile” to “Go and Do” to “Polar Plunge” and now the one I settled on.  I learned that you can sketch out a story for music that doesn’t have words just like you can for a song with lyrics.  My story is essentially “The Little Red Hen” with a twist- the little worker flute is diligently working and her/his example causes the clarinet to join in.  Pretty soon you get to hear how the brass section feels about the idea of pitching in (spoiler: not good) and as the piece progresses, the instruments have conversations and eventually all the instruments get on board with the flute’s vision of working together- even the lazy trombone (listen for that change of heart in the last measure).  Enjoy!

The Little Red Flute

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Peace in Christ: The Story

 

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Thanksgiving 2019 Nathan and Rebecca Harper Style (in Eagle, Idaho)

The best way to get to know Rebecca Harper is to go to her home.  Drive up to her beautiful house and watch as she throws the door open wide and stretches out her arms like you see in this picture.  “Have I done some great favor to her?” you wonder, as she is positively giddy giving you and yours hugs and talking about the fun we’ll have together.  Somehow, us coming to her home to benefit from her hospitality seems like the best gift we could have given.  As Nathan and Rebecca play right along side your littles over the next few days, you wonder where they get there never-ending-energy.  From hot tubbing to building Kinex to dancing her heart out, Rebecca is in the center of the action and delights in making us all feel special.

In the last post, I talked about the heartache of finding out that Aunt Rebecca had died in a car crash and family members were in the hospital.  Our hearts ache for the months and years ahead for Rebecca’s sweetheart, Nathan, and son, Dallin without their sweet Rebecca.

Though we didn’t know that it would be possible when we received the sad news, we were blessed to be able to gather as a family despite the COVID 19 restrictions (outdoor graveside/funeral) last weekend.  As we we shed tears together over Rebecca’s passing and talked about the past and the future, this scripture seemed to be the only way I could explain the way I felt:

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  ~Philippians 4:7

The peace we felt was beyond what made logical sense.  In the wake of such tragedy, how is it possible to feel such an overwhelming sense of love and hope and peace?  The feeling of angels surrounding us and the strengthening power of Jesus Christ were real and evident in a way I had never experienced before.

There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that I read while I was in Idaho that described well the feeling I have had since I returned home:

“And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.” (Mosiah 24:14-15, Book of Mormon)

We as a family, too, have been visited “in our afflictions” and now I stand as a witness of the reality of Jesus Christ, His power to sustain, lift, strengthen, and comfort all of us.  It is the truth that “When there is no peace on earth, there is Peace in Christ.”

I hope you enjoy this recording as much as we enjoyed recording it (not possible 🙂 ).  It was a gift that all of the sister-in-laws on both sides of the family could gather and sing together.  We presented this musical number at the graveside service.

Peace in Christ

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Peace: The Story

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This piece was written several years ago for my son, Gabriel and the sheet music is entitled “When Fear Creeps In.”  Today I finished the recording which I dedicate to my sweet Sister-in-law, Rebecca Harper.  On Sunday, she became a guardian angel and our hearts grieve her passing.  As I wrote the title at the top, the title with fear in it didn’t feel right.  As I have worked on this recording, I have kept calling it “Peace” and so that is what the recording will now be called.

The idea to make this recording came on Sunday night when my son, Gabriel, asked me to play a song for him on the piano as he tried to fall asleep.  We had just been given the news of Rebecca’s passing and he felt scared and worried that he would have nightmares.  I pulled out the binder with music I had written over the last several years and played through several, this being one of them.   I thought of the message of peace that our Savior, Jesus Christ offers and how much we need Him.  I find comfort singing about His peace and so I share it in hopes that you find some comfort here.

(Click on the link below to hear the recording.)

Peace