Those of you who follow this website will notice that I haven’t seemed to have written anything this past year. Sadly (?), this is not the case. I simple haven’t posted what I’ve written due to other priorities. 2022 was a complicated year for me. I went on a lengthy vacation long-delayed by Covid and… Read More I Repent!
Silent Night is one of the most popular melodies ever written. It evokes a peaceful scene of the newborn Savior, lying in the manger, being watched over by Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and stable animals. There can be no more humble or lowly scene, and yet the Creator of the world had come to save it.… Read More Silent Night
Let’s talk about a sensitive subject – failure. Failure is a part of life. All of us have experienced it and, most likely, none of us enjoy it. Failure can hurt at a deep emotional level and, depending on how badly we think we failed, the hurt can take a long time to heal. Failure… Read More Failure Is a Good Thing!
1 Corinthians 13 is unquestionably my favorite passage of scripture. In it the Apostle Paul encourages us to develop the greatest of divine attributes – love. The word that is translated as charity in the King James Version of the Bible is the Greek word agape. The Greeks wisely have four different words for love:… Read More Charity
This setting of Keep The Commandments is also one of my earliest endeavors. I love this song for its message: there is safety in keeping the commandments. There really aren’t many commandments. The few we do have are given to help us avoid things that can really go wrong in our lives. They also teach us… Read More Keep The Commandments
God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son is one of my favorite hymns. Written by two former tabernacle organists, it’s message is direct and powerful: God loved us, so he sent his Son, Christ Jesus, the atoning One, To show us by the path he trod The one and only way to God. He… Read More God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son
It finally happened. I’ve been dreading the day for years but it was inevitable. I had my first senior moment. A few weeks ago I was playing an intermediate hymn in sacrament meeting and lost track of which verse we were on. I thought that the hymn had been completed, so I hit the cancel… Read More The “R” Piston
I have a suggestion that will greatly help your playing: Forgive someone! Yes, forgive someone. In fact, forgive everyone! Forgive the ward members who talk over your preludes, the church leaders that have openly censured you from the pulpit, the people who have sent you hate mail, the people who can barely play who were… Read More A way to improve your playing
Come, Ye Disconsolate is one of my favorite hymns. Its message is so great that I’m just going to quote it: Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish, Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel. Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that heav’n cannot heal. Joy of the desolate,… Read More Come, Ye Disconsolate