Prelude or Postlude
I Stand All Amazed
I was given the blessing of accompanying the son of a dear friend’s funeral. They requested organ accompany for this song, and I was unable to find an arrangement that fit our needs. This was the end result of my search. Matt Gifford is the voice you’re hearing. He was out of his comfort zone, but he did a beautiful job.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Song background: One of the more exciting pieces I wrote for our choir. I had heard the voice of one of our Young Men in a stake program and was blown away. I wanted him to sing with our choir, but he wasn’t all that interested. I wrote this arrangement with him in mind. He did amazing. What is the back story on the arrangement? I’ve always liked the message of this song, but feel the original arrangement is too long. As I was drying my hair one morning, the melody came to me and it fit! Of course, piano accompaniment is just as nice as organ.
The closing hymn in sacrament meeting was “Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer”. During the closing prayer, my mind couldn’t leave the hymn alone. I saw notes and took a giant leap for me and played it for postlude. It worked, and this is the result of that experience – one of my favorite postludes to play. I submitted this song to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints music submissions and it was chosen as one of their favorites. They had me at “chosen”. I was stunned when a check came in the mail. Who knew? Not me!