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!

#ShareThe Gift

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)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Standing on the Promises

Standing on the Promises, voice and piano
PDF mp3

I've been hiking a lot this summer, and have been greatly impressed by the glorious mountains of the Wasatch Front. They are majestic and imposing, yet beautiful and strong. There is a great feeling from climbing atop a waterfall or cliff face and feeling like you're on top of the world!

My mind goes to this scripture in the Book of Mormon:

"It is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation...a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if me build, they cannot fall." Helaman 5:12

This hymn encompasses my feelings and desire to build my life upon the Rock of Christ, my Savior. The driving beat and the syncopation showcase the excitement and joy that comes from being firmly rooted in our Savior.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, piano solo (intermediate)
PDF mp3

Recently, I have had some wonderful experiences of miracles and great blessings from the hand of the Lord. One particular day after work, I found myself singing this song on my car ride home, and felt to arrange this piano solo as a praise to Him, who makes everything work so well!

Psalm 150:

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Take Time To Be Holy

Take Time To Be Holy, vocal solo  duet   recording
PDF duetPDF mp3 (live, July 2014)

Taking time out of our busy day to pray, study the scriptures, and connect with Deity is so important to our overall well-being. Recognizing opportunities to serve and lift and bless others is another way to refuel our spiritual selves and connect with heaven.

"Take Time To Be Holy" has become one of my all-time favorite hymns. Simple in melody and powerful in word, it reminds us all to take the time each day to do the things that matter most. One special place to me is the temple. On the front of each temple in the world are the words "House of the Lord; Holiness to the Lord." In the temple I feel close to God, and learn how to be more like Him.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Spirit of God

The Spirit of God, piano solo PDF, audio
intermediate piano solo

"We'll sing and we'll shout!" That's what I feel like doing every time I feel the Spirit and learn more about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! This hymn is a jubilant anthem of the miracles and wonders of Christ's church and gospel, and a call to prepare for His second coming.

I know that He lives, and that He speaks to us today just as He did anciently. He has called prophets just as He did before, and has restored His priesthood and His church, so we--just as those who lived with Him and the Apostles--can receive the saving ordinances available in temples and prepare to return to live with Him again.

  1. 1. The Spirit of God like a fire is burning!
    The latter-day glory begins to come forth;
    The visions and blessings of old are returning,
    And angels are coming to visit the earth.
  2. (Chorus]
    We'll sing and we'll shout with the armies of heaven,
    Hosanna, hosanna to God and the Lamb!
    Let glory to them in the highest be given,
    Henceforth and forever, Amen and amen!
  3. 2. The Lord is extending the Saints' understanding,
    Restoring their judges and all as at first.
    The knowledge and power of God are expanding;
    The veil o'er the earth is beginning to burst.
  4. 3. We'll call in our solemn assemblies in spirit,
    To spread forth the kingdom of heaven abroad,
    That we through our faith may begin to inherit
    The visions and blessings and glories of God.
  5. 4. How blessed the day when the lamb and the lion
    Shall lie down together without any ire,
    And Ephraim be crowned with his blessing in Zion,
    As Jesus descends with his chariot of fire!
  6. Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872. Included in the first LDS hymnbook, 1835. Sung at the Kirtland Temple dedication in 1836.
    Music: Anon., ca. 1844

Friday, March 21, 2014

How Can I Keep From Singing?

How Can I Keep From Singing? voice and piano
duet PDF (for men, women, or mixed), audio file

With the prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon, I rejoice to know that there is a God in heaven who lives and loves us. His hand and influence is in our lives every day. All we have to do is recognize the blessings and miracles to know that He is there and loves us. With all the goodness and joy and miracles from His hand, how can we keep from singing?!

"Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever....Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel." (Alma 26:8, 16)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2

Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2, by Franz Liszt
Advanced Piano Duet: 4 Hands, 1 Piano PDF  audio

The prophet Lehi in the Book of Mormon taught: "Men are that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25). This piano piece is pure joy! 'nuff said! :-)

Originally a piano solo, this piece has been adapted and abridged and set for four hands playing on one piano. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Beautiful Savior Medley

Beautiful Savior Medley, SATB choir and piano
Beautiful Savior and I Feel My Savior's Love
PDF audio file

I know that Jesus Christ lives. He is the Son of God, our Savior. In our world today where "anything goes" and the moral foundations of society and prosperity are crumbling, I am grateful to know that there is still a God in heaven who hears and answers my prayers. His communications are soft and spoken to the heart, but He speaks and is intimately involved in our lives. We just have to let Him in. He is the source of peace and joy, love and confidence, which we so greatly need in our world today.

This medley arrangement of "Beautiful Savior" and "I Feel My Savior's Love" is my expression of the peace and hope that I find in Jesus Christ and the strength that His love gives me.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come Thou Fount, for strings and flute
PDF, audio file
Flute, Violin-1, Violin-2, Cello, score

"Here's my heart, O take and seal it; Seal it for Thy courts above."

The words of this powerful hymn remind us of our continual reliance on Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. Yes, we are prone to wander; yes, we leave our God and His commandments, who and which we love. But He always gives us a chance to change and repent. I am so thankful for a Savior who makes it possible to return to live with our Heavenly Father with our families for eternity. His power and grace are so infinite, that we are in debt daily to Him who makes life possible. 

While this arrangement does not have any words, the music can tell the story itself: a story of the Son of God, who loved us so much that He lived for us, that He died for us, that He rose for us, that we might live and have life "more abundantly" (John 10:10). God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son!