A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Inspired by Jon Schmidt, Aaron Waite, Jason Tonioli, and Sally DeFord, whose hymn arrangements I use regularly for prelude music at church, I decided to finally do an arrangement of my own for solo piano.
As the Dew from Heaven Distilling
Like the gently falling dew from heaven, the downward cascading notes in this arrangement represent the Lord’s pure doctrine and sweet Spirit that, if we look up to receive it, will nourish and revive us.  And, like the ascending phrase at the end, as we turn to him and feel of the love that is so freely offered, our desire and commitment to follow Him will grow, and we will become more like Him.
Boomerang (Mason’s Theme)
I think a good word to describe Mason is “tenacious.”  When she gets focused on something, such as a school project, planning the details of a birthday party, or finding a lost book, she sticks to it with intensity until the project is completed or the problem is solved.  Like a boomerang, she will keep coming back to the issue at hand.  The repetitive phrases in the first section of this piece remind me of Mason persistently coming to me with a request, not willing to give up until every possibility has been exhausted.  Mason is also the one most likely to physically and verbally express affection – when she comes home after having been away for a while, she usually greets me with a hug and tells me how much she missed me.  I hope she’ll continue to look forward to coming home as she grows up and spreads her wings.
Bridge to Tomorrow (Anne’s Theme)
Right about the time I was starting this project [the Family Suite], I had a dream in which I was sight-reading a new piece of music.  When I woke up, I could still see the first couple of measures in my mind, and that became the inspiration for this piece.  I chose the title because writing music has been the beginning of a new and exciting part of my life.
Cayo Coco Island
Cayo Coco is an island in central Cuba, linked to the mainland by a stone road.  It’s a paradise of sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, coral reefs, and birds such as the wild flamingo and the Coco (coconut) Bird, after which the island was named.  Cayo Coco is known for its luxury hotels, but also for its preservation of the natural ecosystem, keeping its virgin atmosphere isolated from the modern world.  The samba rhythm of this piece seemed to fit nicely with the islands of Cuba and the name is catchy and fun to say.  It’s definitely a fun piece to play as well!  Maybe someday I’ll get to take a vacation on Cayo Coco Island…
Crossing the Waters
For my first attempt at writing a song with words, I found a poem by Sheila Kindred published in a children’s magazine that seemed to be a good candidate for music.  After the piece was written, I was able to contact Sheila and share it with her.  She said she had actually envisioned the poem as a song when she wrote it!  I did a SAB arrangement for our church choir and two of her daughters were able to come to McMinnville to hear it performed.
Dance #1  and Dance #2
These were my first two compositions long enough to really be considered songs, although I never did come up with real titles for them.
Danse de Pigeonneau
At the office where I work, it’s been an amusing thing to witness the efforts of county officials to live peaceably with the pigeon population in a historic three-story building.  So in their honor: Dance of the Young Pigeons (it sounds better in French, of course).
Do What Is Right
The message of this hymn arrangement is peace… the inner peace that comes into our lives when we are  consistently trying to do what is right.  As I was helping put on a pickleball clinic at the federal prison recently, I was reminded that 1) there is no escaping the consequences of poor choices we make, and 2) no matter what pain and hardships we might be going through from yesterday’s mistakes, we can still have a sense of peace by choosing from today forward to make better choices.
Does the Journey Seem Long?
Although the original version of this hymn is written in a major key, I decided to do the first part of my arrangement in a minor key to better portray the thorny, rugged paths and heavy burdens of life that are described so well in the lyrics, written by Joseph Fielding Smith.  Then the music changes to a major key to better capture the hope and joy of being welcomed into eternal life with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  This arrangement received the Award of Merit in the 2014 Church Music Submission.
Drifting (Traci’s Theme)
Traci is a quiet person – someone who takes her time letting you get to know her.  In that way, she reminds me of myself when I was young.  Her calm and peaceful nature makes me think of the way a leaf follows the gentle flow of a meandering forest stream, sometimes riding the current steadily along and other times drifting into a calm pool along the stream’s edge for a time before catching the current once again.  This piece, while gentle and peaceful, is contemplative and reveals the quiet hopes and feelings of a young woman facing the world of adulthood, with its joys and struggles.
Eight Dollar Boogie
One of my first musical projects was writing a piece for each member of my immediate family (see Family Suite).  But it’s high time I wrote a piece in honor of the person who first got me started in music, oversaw my piano practicing as a kid, played piano duets with me, practiced wonderful classical music herself for me to listen to as I fell asleep at night, and is now one of my biggest fans.  I know she loves playing boogie woogie music and likes anything in a minor key, like I do, so this one’s for her.  Happy birthday, Mom!  It’s named after Eight Dollar Mountain, which overlooks the house we grew up in in southern Oregon.  By the way, I just discovered there’s a bluegrass band from Ashland called “Eight Dollar Mountain.”
Froggy Went A-Courtin’ (A Wedding Disaster Story)
Although I remember listening to this song on a Burl Ives record as a kid, I didn’t remember much more than the first verse.  When I looked up the lyrics online, I was quite entertained to read about all their wedding adventures… and I really didn’t remember that both the bride and groom got gobbled up by other animals by the end, at least in one of the versions I found!  I also found great recordings of the song by both Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.  I envisioned Froggy swaggering around with a little bit of a cocky attitude, so I did this piece in a gospel/blues style.
Family Suite
My project during 2008 was writing a suite of diverse pieces, one for each member of the family, trying to capture their individual personalities in the music.  It was impossible to keep the family from hearing the pieces as they were being written and recorded, but I loved seeing and hearing the reactions on Christmas as they each opened their personalized sheet music and CD of the entire collection and realized which piece was theirs.  The Family Suite includes Boomerang, Bridge to Tomorrow, Drifting, Lilypad Lullaby, March of the Rubber Duckies, Un Poco Loco, Walk the Dog, and Zero to Sixty.
Get Down! Goes the Weasel
Although there are different versions of the lyrics out there, everybody learned “Pop! Goes the Weasel” as a kid (didn’t they?).  Since I didn’t start listening to popular music until the 80s, I kind of missed out on the funk era, but fortunately we have several compilation CDs around that gave me some ideas on how I might give Mr. Weasel a 70s makeover.  I had fun both writing it and playing around with different sounds on my keyboard to get a combination we all liked.
Heaven’s Gate
This hymn was a collaboration with Susanna Ruth Hanson, who was inspired to write the lyrics after reading Isaiah 58:8 and asked if I would be interested in writing the music.  Never having attempted to write a hymn before, I of course said yes!  I like the contrasting styles between the verses and the chorus.
I Have Two Little Hands
Our family has enjoyed listening to the soundtracks from movies such as “The Singles Ward” and “R.M.,” which take favorite hymns and Primary songs and put them into various contemporary styles.  This swing arrangement was inspired by the soundtrack to “Mobsters and Mormons,” a style that lends itself well to solo piano.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Originally published as a poem in 1866, the lyrics to this song were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  It became a carol sometime after 1872 when it was set to a melody composed by a well-known English organist, John Baptiste Calkin.  Another familiar version was later composed by Johnny Marks, composer of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”  Since I like both versions, I decided to use them both in this arrangement.  Calkin’s version is the first one you hear.  Reading some background on this song, I learned that Longfellow wrote this poem during a very dark and difficult period of life, following the tragic death of his beloved wife and while his son was struggling to recover from war wounds.  The story behind the lyrics explains the despair and grief in his words, but gives deeper meaning to the ultimate message of the song: “peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
I Need Thee Every Hour/Abide With Me; ‘Tis Eventide
This actually started out as just an arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour,” but when I got about two pages in and was playing around with what to do next, what came out was not another verse of the hymn, but a natural transition into “Abide With Me; ‘Tis Eventide.”  The time signature and mood of the two songs fit perfectly with each other, and then when I started thinking about the words, I knew it had to be.  Two of my favorite hymns, together at last.
I Stand All Amazed
Even though there are many other arrangements of this song out there, I really wanted to do this one.  It’s always been one of the hymns that I connect with emotionally when singing or playing it – maybe because it’s one of those written in the first person.  What better way to spend some time on an Easter weekend than arranging a beautiful song about the Savior!
If You’re Thankful and You Know It…
I started out wanting to write some music about being happy (because I am!), but as Thanksgiving approached and I started reflecting on all the wonderful things I have to be thankful for, the music became a way to express my feelings of gratitude… for family, for good health, for the Savior, for a job, for chocolate, for friends and acquaintances who inspire me to be better, and for so much more!
Journey of Remembrance
My first composition to get a real title… although this was the point when I discovered that coming up with just the right title can sometimes be more difficult than actually writing the piece.  When I first played it for my husband, he was very moved by it and said that it made him think of the Savior on his way to the Garden of Gethsemane.  One of the great things about music, especially music without words, is that it can touch people in different ways, bringing out different emotions or memories.
Juega Conmigo
Playing duets with my mom, both on the piano and on the accordion, is one of my most favorite memories from growing up, so I tackled the assignment to write a piano duet with enthusiasm.  I was pleased with how it turned out, but with my mom living five hours away, I don’t have anyone to “juega conmigo” (play with me).  So eventually I rewrote the piece for solo piano and, just for fun, added a little section not found in the duet version.
I asked a friend what his favorite hymn was and he said, “Kumbaya.”  I’d never really thought of it as a hymn before, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of including it with my hymn arrangements.  So the classic campfire song got a refreshing makeover as a full-length intermediate piano solo.  The beat keeps you swaying and tapping your foot as the piano takes on the role of keyboard, voices, and rhythm section all at once.  There are all kinds of hymns in the world, and many ways to express praise and supplication.  Hope you enjoy this one!
Lilypad Lullaby (Kerri’s Theme)
One of the great things about Kerri is her contrasting layers of personality.  She has always been mature beyond her years, demonstrating the responsibility, dependability, and drive to succeed more commonly associated with an oldest child.  And yet, in her bedroom you’ll see a loft bed with a slide, a giant smiley-face mural on the wall, and an assortment of Care Bears and Sesame Street characters.  I’ll bet she would rather take a picnic lunch and go play on the playground for a date than do something boring like dinner and a movie.  So the image of a chorus of frogs singing a lullaby to their little ones as darkness steals over the pond seemed very “Kerri” to me.
Little Niagara
Although I’ve never been to see the great Niagara Falls in New York, we have a smaller version here in Oregon with the same name.  It’s a one-mile hike in off a windy forest road and the falls surely don’t compare to the more famous ones, but the cool thing is that there are two different waterfalls within sight of each other – the 107-foot, plunge-type Niagara Falls and the 112-foot, segmented-type Pheasant Creek Falls.
Little Wild Horse
Little Wild Horse Canyon is a classic slot canyon in south-central Utah near Goblin Valley.  The main attraction is a long stretch of narrows, where the canyon walls are so close you have to turn sideways to get through – a completely different hiking experience than the lush, canopied hiking trails offered in the Pacific Northwest that I love so much.  The unique beauty of the slot canyon, with its sculpted walls and twisting passages, provides the inspiration for this original composition that intersperses energetic and exhilarating explorations with peaceful moments of reflection.
This medley combines two hymns about our Savior’s desire to bring lost souls back to Him. “Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd” uses the analogy of the shepherd leaving his flock to find the one lost sheep, and “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy” tells of the sailor lost in the dark storm, struggling to find a safe way to shore. Both teach a powerful lesson about the Savior’s love for us and the role we play in helping to find and rescue our lost brothers and sisters.
Lost Lake
When our sons Ryan and Zack were 15 and 14, we got a call in the middle of the night to tell us that they, along with a third boy, had gone on a walk during their Scout campout and hadn’t returned.  The Scouts were camping, ironically enough, at Lost Lake near Mt. Hood.  After spending a long night alone in the woods, the three boys eventually came out on a road the next day and were picked up by a passing motorist.  Aside from being hungry and tired, they were fine.  This piece of music is how I imagine the lake to be early in the morning, when it’s just getting light and all Scouts are still sleeping.
March of the Rubber Duckies (Dave’s Theme)
Dave is such a kid at heart – I think that’s one reason why he gets along so easily with kids of all ages and kids enjoy being around him.  I know he brings out my playful side and I love how the energy level in a room increases noticeably when he comes in.  When we reserved a romantic room overlooking the beach for our anniversary last year, the rubber ducky waiting for us in the whirlpool tub alongside the rose petals was the perfect touch, and we had to get our own little rubber ducky when we got home.  So this piece is dedicated to my eternal companion – may we grow old together but never grow up!
Master, the Tempest is Raging
This is a favorite hymn of both my husband and my mother-in-law, Cleo.  Whenever I’m playing the piano and Cleo is around, I can count on getting a request for this hymn.  She’s always been perfectly happy to just hear me play it out of the hymn book, but now I can play her my own arrangement.  So this one’s for you, Cleo, and for your favorite son!  🙂
Michael Row, Row, Row Your Boat Ashore
I made a list of children’s songs that I’d like to make arrangements of and decided to start with something simple: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”  In fact, it’s so simple that it’s only a one-chord song.  I was actually excited when I realized that, though – it gave me that much more potential to get creative and change it up.  It would’ve made a good arrangement on its own, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to merge it with another fun rowing song, “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.”  Don’t let the first section fool you – it livens up by the end of the first page!
My Hero Lies Over the Ocean
Although I haven’t personally experienced having a loved one serving overseas, I know many who have and I can only imagine how difficult it must be, not knowing if they’ll come home safely.  This arrangement of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” is dedicated to all of you out there who have (or have had) family members or other loved ones far from home while in the service of others.  May they return home safely and may your life and theirs be blessed for the sacrifice they’ve made.
My Savior Lives
This is my second collaboration with lyricist Susanna Ruth Hanson.  Arranged for vocal solo, this piece is a celebration of Easter and the joy and hope that comes from knowing what the Savior has done for us.  And since music is the best way I know to express my feelings, I love the last line of the chorus: “I sing, for my Savior lives!”
Old Rocking Chair
When an acquaintance from our Runners Anonymous group, Gay Tregaskis, sent me a poem she’d written and told me the story behind it, I was honored to be able to put her beautiful and touching words to music.  The story is best told in her own words: “When I was expecting my first baby, I wanted an antique rocking chair.  I found one listed in the newspaper that said, ‘old, but loved.’  I remember going to look at it with my husband in November.  It was old and worn… the seat springs were broken, the fabric was faded and torn.  I loved it!  We bought it for a forgotten amount and my sweet mother-in-law had it repaired and re-upholstered for my Christmas gift.  Our little son was born on January 31st.  I spent hours and hours just rocking God’s little miracle.  On Mother’s Day that year, I woke up and just began writing.  There were only one or two lines I shifted.  It felt like all the babes and parents who ever sat in the old chair wanted me and mommies-to-be to understand the precious moments spent rocking and bonding.  It still brings tears to my eyes.  These words are a gift given to me for my children and all who they touch.  Our moments to share pass on fleet feet… especially with our children.  Please – if any of my poems can be given forward in song, this is the one I want parents to share and to be impressed to never forget how quickly time passes – to cherish the ‘now.’  If singing our song will give pause for parents to bond, then those souls passed on who visited and inspired this verse will have peace.”
Over the Mountain
I decided to write an arrangement of “The Bear Went Over the Mountain,” but since I don’t have a lot of personal experience with bears, I shortened the title and drew on my own experiences of hiking and running and the physical and mental challenges that go along with that, as well as the exuberance and joy that come when you reach the top of the mountain or the end of whatever hard thing it is you’re doing and can say with a big smile on your face, “I did it!”  Then, of course, you keep going and take on whatever challenge is next.  This song is dedicated to a group of amazing people called “Runners Anonymous,” who are all inspiring “mountain climbers” in their own way and who go out of their way to encourage and support each other and celebrate each big accomplishment as well as the little milestones along the way.
Puff, the New Age Dragon
Little boys and magical dragons and Autumn mist… well, I just had to give this Peter, Paul, and Mary song a New Age musical setting.  After much deliberation on the title and possible synonyms for “New Age,” I decided to just call it what it is.  Credit goes to my husband, though, for his original suggestion: “Magique Ébats de la Brume (An Ode to Puff).”  I can’t pronounce it, but it looks cool!
Ring Out, Wild Bells
This piece is based on Crawford Gates’ musical setting of the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, found in the LDS hymnal and commonly sung every New Year’s.  I (of course) have always liked it because it’s in a minor key.  Wikipedia has this to say about the poem: “According to a story widely held in Waltham Abbey, and repeated on many websites, the ‘wild bells’ in question were the bells of the Abbey Church.  According to the story, Tennyson was staying at High Beach in the vicinity and heard the bells being rung.  In some versions of the story, it was a particularly stormy night and the bells were being swung by the wind rather than deliberately.”  So my mom calls up on Tuesday night and wonders if there’s any way I might have time to do a prelude-type arrangement of the piece that she can play in church on Sunday.  I had my doubts, but I had Wednesday off from work, so after I got the important after-Christmas shopping accomplished, I settled in at the keyboard and had it finished about five hours later.  Five hours well spent, I’ll say!  “Ring out the old, ring in the new…”
Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
According to Reader’s Digest, the traditional spiritual, “Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow,” might be called an American shepherd carol.  It closely resembles a European shepherd carol, with the principal singer giving out the line and the chorus repeating the refrain.  When I came across this carol, I recognized it from somewhere (perhaps I accompanied a choir singing it at some point), but I don’t think it’s been done on any of the many Christmas albums we have in our collection, and it doesn’t show up in any of my piano books.  I like it, though, and felt it deserved a place in my collection.
Rock-a-Bye Baby
The last (for now, anyway) in my series of “rearrangements” of childhood songs.  I didn’t stray too far with this one – just a sweet lullaby with sweet memories of time with my own little ones.
Secret Agent MacDonald
Old MacDonald had a farm… but do we really know what he was doing out there?  Maybe the overalls, boots, and pitchfork were just a clever disguise for his true identity as an undercover agent, secretly solving mysteries and busting bad guys to make the world a better place.  After a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs, of course.
Shadow Rider
This little piece was from a lesson on polyphony and my attempts to have the right hand and left hand each playing different melodies at the same time.  It reminded me of a mysterious man in dark clothing riding his horse along the beach at night.
Silver Creek
Silver Creek originates in Silver Falls State Park, a popular place for camping, hiking, and biking because of its beautiful forests, wildflowers, and ten majestic waterfalls.  The Pacific Northwest is full of places like this that lift the soul and make the heart happy – I’m so blessed to live here and to be able to get out and enjoy such beauty!  I’ve also recently been playing some of the classical music that I enjoyed as a teenager, so there are some influences from Schubert and Mendelssohn in this piece.
Temple of Aeolus
One of the highlights of the summer of 2012 was an all-adult road trip with friends that included seeing Zion National Park for the first time.  And the highlight of the park was our early-morning hike to the top of Angels Landing.  From the summit, you get breathtaking views in all directions and a dizzying look straight down to the river almost 1500 feet below.  It wasn’t until later that I discovered that Angels Landing was earlier known as the Temple of Aeolus.  In Greek mythology, Aeolus was the ruler of storms and winds.  I kind of liked the name and the majestic grandeur it evokes – fitting for the experience we had on that hike and this piece of music in its honor.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
I get lots of opportunities to accompany special musical numbers at church and on a couple of occasions have adapted piano solo hymn arrangements from my prelude collection to work as nice accompaniments.  When I was asked to accompany a women’s group planning to sing this one out of the hymn book, I couldn’t find anything that would work.  So I wrote my own.  Hopefully it’ll be something that others can use as well.  The accompaniment would work equally well for a vocal solo, SSA women, or the standard four-part singing.
Thou, Who Created Raging Rivers
Sheila Kindred, author of the poem I used for “Crossing the Waters,” sent me another poem, one she had written while caring for her dying mother, and that became the basis for this song.
Tiki Tiki Teapot
Not all of the songs from my childhood have carried over into the lives of my children, but “I’m a Little Teapot” is definitely one of those classics that they all know.  For some reason, it kind of stuck with my oldest daughter, Kerri, and is still kind of considered “her” song in our family.  So it definitely had to be part of the piano-arrangement collection.  This one is done in a calypso style similar to my arrangement of “Deck the Halls,” and is just as fun to play… and it can be enjoyed year-round!
Twinkle, Twinkle, Estrellita
I love music in a minor key.  I’m not a dark or mysterious person, but I love the power of emotion that such music has the ability to portray, whether it’s big and dramatic or soft and haunting.  For this piece, I imagined “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” being done on a Spanish guitar.  Actually, I was originally thinking of doing “Señor Don Gato” (a favorite in my family growing up) as the next children’s song arrangement, but I realized that I liked it too much in its original style to change it up at all.  So I picked a different song on my list that I thought would work well in that same style.  To get in the mood, I put the “Don Juan DeMarco” soundtrack in my CD player and woke up to that all week, plus I had Santana playing in the car (which is nothing new for me).
The word “Uirapuru” (pronounced weer-ah-poo-roo, or something close to that) is the name of both an actual Amazonian bird (also known as the Musician Wren) and a mythical creature.  In the rain forest, the bird Uirapuru sings once a year, when it builds its nest; even then, only from five to ten minutes early in the morning.  According to the legend, Uirapuru’s song is so beautiful that all other birds stop singing to listen to it.  Yet in another version of the legend, a human being is transformed after his death into the enchanted Uirapuru, breathing new life into the silent forest.  Both in legend and reality, Uirapuru is a symbol of rarefied beauty.  Click here to listen to an actual recording of Uirapuru’s song, which was the basis of this piece and can be heard several times throughout it.  As an interesting side note, Uirapuru was also the name of a limited edition Brazilian sports car that came out around 1967.
Un Poco Loco (Ryan’s Theme)
A lot of people know that Ryan is good at sports, a hard worker, and a dedicated student.  Many have witnessed his amazing ability to eat.  But a few of us also know and appreciate his goofy, off-beat, spontaneous side.  He brings a lot of life, laughter, and energy to our home.  Having taken Spanish in high school, he could tell you that “un poco loco” means “a little crazy” – and that’s meant as a compliment!  He once expressed his love for food in a variation of the song, “O Christmas Tree,” that he called, “O Cheeseburger,” and a little bit of that managed to work itself into this piece, in his honor.
Underground (Out of the Rain)
My idea for this piece was to take a very familiar tune (“The Ants Go Marching”) and see how I could experiment with it and give it a different feel by slowing it down, changing the time signature for part of it, using some different chords and harmonies under the melody, and in some sections venturing away from the traditional melody altogether.  The result is kind of a kick-back picture of what all those ants might be doing to while away the time underground until the rainstorm is over.  In keeping with that, the end of the piece incorporates the line from “The Eensy Weensy Spider” that goes, “Out came the sun and dried up all the rain…”
Walk in the Light
In another experiment with polyphony, I started with a familiar children’s song sung in our church, “Teach Me to Walk in the Light,” and came up with an original melody that could be sung separately and then together with the first part.  For my first-ever attempt at writing my own lyrics, and wanting them to complement the theme of the existing text, I used Isaiah 2:5 and 1 Thessalonians 5:5 as my inspiration.
Walk the Dog (Kristin’s Theme)
Boogie woogie piano music has always been one of my favorite styles to play because of its catchy rhythm and high level of energy.  Kristin, more than anyone else in our family, can be described as highly energetic and enthusiastic.  Whether it’s a reading competition, a talent show, or a sports season, she always gives 100 percent and seems to have no fear.  She also loves animals and was our most faithful dog-walker during the months we had Zeus, whose personality, interestingly enough, was much like Kristin’s.
Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning
I wanted to write an uplifting arrangement that really captures the spirit of joy that the Sabbath can bring.  Even though it’s not always a day of “rest” in the traditional sense, setting aside the busy schedules of the rest of the week and immersing myself in Sabbath activities really does renew my spirit for the next week.  I may not be there yet, but my goal is to wake up each Sunday morning with this kind of energy and excitement for the chance to worship the Lord and spend the day serving Him.
Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
This is one of my new favorite hymns that I was previously not very familiar with because it isn’t in the LDS hymn book.  There are some great vocal arrangements of it out there, though, including the BYU Men’s Chorus, Marion Williams, and Johnny Cash.  This piano solo arrangement is full of rich, refreshing harmonies and instills a sense of great reverence for the Savior.  If you give it a try, it might even become one of your favorite hymns, too.
White As Snow
“…Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” ~ Isaiah 1:18.  This sacred original composition is my expression of gratitude and wonder at the Savior’s atoning sacrifice – a gift that allows me to repent of my mistakes and to feel the joy of that burden being lifted from my shoulders.
You Are My Sunshine/Over the Rainbow
I wanted to do another piece in the easygoing, Jack Johnson-y style of “Lilypad Lullaby” and it felt like a good style for both of these well-known, old tunes.  Sunshine and rainbows… they both just make me feel happy.
Zero to Sixty (Zack’s Theme)
Zack loves cars.  He can tell you all kinds of car trivia, especially when it comes to speed and power, and he seems to have had more than his share of automobile adventures in his young life.  This piece tries to capture that love as it gradually picks up speed, involves a race with another vehicle, tries to outrun a police car in pursuit, and ends up in a spectacular rollover crash.  But whatever misfortunes befall him, Zack will always pick himself up and get back on the road, undaunted and full of spirit.