A tribute to a woman who was true to her faith from the minute she heard about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She never wavered. Her life wasn’t as easy as she’d have liked it to be, but she was a shining example to all of us of overcoming struggles that are true “thorns in the side”. It was a testimony to me to watch her the last five years of her life and see just how drawn she was to helping others see the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Truly she had a friend in Jesus.
My Mother Wears a Hat
I’ve wanted to write a Mother’s Day song for years. This would be fun for Primary children to perform on Mother’s Day. If you’re uncomfortable with “potty trainer” in church, it is easily changed to “entertainer”. We all know moms are potty trainers though. Moms tend to do it all and sometimes with one hand tied behind their back. This has been my experience as I watched my own mother, was a mother myself and watched in amazement at my own daughters in the thick of mothering. Of all the things they do, it is for naught if a child is not drawn to her mother while she’s busy doing.
My Mother wrote the lyrics for this song and gave them to me. Even though the copyright says 2001, I believe it was much earlier than then. We did a lot of collaborating back in the early days of my music compositions. She was my biggest fan. My Dad was all of the things this song says. He was awesome. He could make and fix anything.
This song was created to be sung at my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary which was a big deal. It was a party to be sure where all their family and friends gathered to congratulate them on this accomplishment. In today’s age, it is even greater than then.
My brother’s good friend delivered a baby boy who had no hope for living more than a few hours on this earth. It just wasn’t meant to be. The family was able to be in the room and hold this perfect little baby until he just fell asleep in the mother’s arms. It was a bitter sweet experience for all of them – and a very painful one for the mother. She was having difficulty getting past the ache. My brother asked if I could write a song just for her about this baby. We spent time on the phone talking about the experience. She shared some very tender feelings…
I was asked to write this song for a poem that was written in the hospital when John Goodwin’s mother-in-law was passing this earth life. It seemed so untimely to him, yet he realized the Plan is that we come to earth and our life lives like the seasons – we come, and then we go. If you pay too closely to the notes vs what is sung, you will notice the altering of notes. Don’t let that be an annoyance. Obviously, both versions work well. Playing the piano while singing (and recording) brings its own challenge.
I had the best Grandma ever! A song in tribute to her was easy to do.
My Dad was a cute Grandpa. He really like the little people in his life and he doted on them while they were little. His eyes would twinkle when he was with the grandkids. Hence, this song was born. I can do no wrong in my Grandpa’s eyes.He thinks I am terrific and he always has a prize.He plays with me. He talks with me.He even takes long walks with me.My Grandpa is a very special guy.
Love at Home Medley
This is the first arrangement I created and was so fun for me. I was able to play it at my sister-in-law’s funeral as well as my mother-in-law’s funeral a few months later. It has continued to be one of my favorite pieces.