This is my first Mother’s Day without my mom. She passed away last June.
I’ve been thinking about her a lot the last few weeks, pondering her incredible influence on my life.
One huge impact she had on me is with music.
My mom, Lynn S. Lund, was an amazing musician and composer. Growing up, she was ward organist at 12 years old and stake organist at 16. She taught piano all of my life and told me that, as a baby, I listened quietly on her lap to all of her students play.
My mom wrote and arranged hundreds of religious songs that have been sung around the world. If you sing in an LDS ward choir, chances are you’ve sung one of her songs. Some of her best known songs are “A Marvelous Work,” “Did You See Him in the Garden?” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
When I showed interest in writing music, my mom was so excited–more excited than I was. She was always right there giving me help, teaching me theory and how to write choral parts, teaching me to use the notation software, and most of all, cheering me on.
I miss her, but still feel her influence strongly in my life.
Since I can’t give her a true ‘gift’ this Mother’s Day, I thought I’d do the next closest thing. Her belief was that music should be shared.
I’ve compiled six of my piano solo arrangements into a new book I’ve titled, “For the Love of Hymns.” Songs include:
- How Great Thou Art
- Abide With Me ‘Tis Eventide
- Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning
- Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
- A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief
- Noel: A Christmas Medley
The first music my mom published was compilations of her piano hymn arrangements, so I’m excited that my first compilation is the same.
If you’re not already familiar with them, you should check out her piano solos. They’re gorgeous and wonderful. You can find them here.
I hope all of you have a lovely and wonderful Mother’s Day!!!!!!!!!!