Monday, February 23, 2015

The Iron Rod

The Iron Rod, SATB and piano, PDF, audio

This new arrangement from SATB of "The Iron Rod" is full of energy and excitement as we realize the significance of holding on to Christ and His revealed word. The word of God is strong, bright, and true. We will be safely guided through life as we hold true to what we know as right and good. Life is difficult, but with Christ as our guide, we have no need to fear. I know He lives and will continue to guide us through.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, piano solo

"...Remember Christ our Saviour,Was born on Christmas-day;
To save our souls from Satan's power,
Which long time had gone astray:
This brings Tidings of Comfort and Joy."

May we all be filled with Christ's love and power this Christmas season and throughout the whole year. This really does bring peace and joy and hope for the future. God bless us, every one!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ding Dong! Merrily On High

Ding Dong! Merrily On High

Enjoy the excitement and joy of Christmas with this arrangement of the classic holiday song! Set for SATB choir, you can hear the church bells ringing on Christmas morning!

As the angels sang of Christ's birth to the shepherds, may we all let our voices ring out this holiday season with messages of peace, love, life, and light. He is the Gift; He is the Christ; He is Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

We Thank Thee, O God, For A Prophet

We Thank Thee, O God, For A Prophet
easy-intermediate solo PDF
advanced solo PDF ; live audio

Ralph Waldo Emerson taught: "It is the office of a true teacher to show that God is not was, that he speaketh, not spake." It is my testimony and firm belief that we have these true teachers on the earth today, namely prophets and apostles. The words of this hymn is a prayer of gratitude to God for all that He has given us in these latter-days, including prophets who teach, lead, and guide us; the music arrangement is my representation of the gratitude, joy, and excitement, as well as the reverence that I feel every time I think that we have a prophet of God on the earth!

As Moses and Abraham and Peter did before, Thomas Monson fills the holy role as Prophet of God, even His spokesman on the earth. Of course, each of us are to have an intimate and personal relationship with Diety, but with a Prophet who holds the priesthood authority of God- His power and permission- and who has a special endowment of spiritual ability, it is good to know that we truly are led and guided today.

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Henry B. Eyring, Thomas S. Monson, Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Where Can I Turn for Peace?

Where Can I Turn for Peace?
PDF (cello and piano)
PDF (violin and piano)
live recording mp3

This sacred hymn asks the question of where we can go to find peace, joy, and happiness in this life. Where can we find real answers in a world of questions, doubt, and mixed messages from every hand?

"The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,neither let it be afraid." (John 14:26-27)

I know that through our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can find peace, answers, direction, and hope. He is the Prince of Peace, the Hope of Israel, and the Light of the World.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Step Up to the Mound

Step Up to the Mound

At America's Freedom Festival patriotic service--held on June 29, 2014 in Provo, UT-- Laura Bush, former First Lady, delivered a moving address of America and patriotism. She recounted the events of her husband throwing the first pitch of the World Series in October 2001, just following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She spoke about how President Bush needed to step up to the mound to give America strength and show that life and this country will go on. She invited us all to "step up to the mound" and stand up for America's ideals and values.

This poem is that story and invitation to all of America, to step up, stand up, and take an active role in preserving America's founding ideals of faith, family, and freedom.

Step Up to the Mound
 (c) 2014 Nathan D. Garlick

The roar of the crowd as heard from below
Is it applause or distain? One never may know.
To throw it too short, they may boo and hiss
To let it bounce off would be a sore miss.

With sweaty palms and the moon shining bright,
He takes his first step under the stadium’s light.
The crowd has a hush, could hear a pin hit the ground,
As this man, all eyes on him, steps up to the mound.

But something’s the matter for him on this day;
“It’s only a pitch, just a game,” you might say.
But more than a game, there’s a country at stake,
And this man, on this day, has decisions to make.

And just as the stars begin to shine overhead,
He steps to the mound, wipes the sweat from his head.
Though it may be a game, it’s a symbol they need
Of a strong, united country, of a land that is free.

So he winds up his pitch, and then lets the ball fly
It soars to the catcher, the crowd stands by.
The sound of the ball in the palm of the mitt
Makes cheers erupt and hearts are lit

With a flame of a hope, of what was could still be
Of a people and land of unmatched opportunity.
The days ahead are more difficult than before;
Big questions, even terrors, knock on our front door.

But no matter the trial, the terror, or threat
That faces this country, we can never forget
That amidst all the jests and the cheers and the crowds
We must take a stand and step up to the mound.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Come, Ye Children of the Lord

Come, Ye Children of the Lord, piano solo (intermediate)
PDF, mp3

James H. Wallis penned the following words about the triumphant day of Christ's return:

Oh, how joyful it will be
When our Savior we shall see!
When in splendor he'll descend,
Then all wickedness will end.
Oh, what songs we then will sing
To our Savior, Lord, and King!
Oh, what love will then bear sway
When our fears shall flee away!

Set to a lively Spanish melody, "Come, Ye Children of the Lord" is an invitation to all to rejoice in life, to come unto Christ and prepare for His return to earth. This piano solo setting of this melody is my hopeful cry to believe the words of President Thomas S. Monson: "The future is as bright as your faith." (read the talk)