New Song: “Still Be My Vision”

I finally finished up the song that goes with AUGUSTINA! Better late than never, right?

This is a VOCAL DUET (Alto/Tenor), and it’s a medley of the two hymns Josh and Sadie love:

  • Be Thou My Vision
  • I Stand All Amazed

It’s also available for FREE for SATB, SSA, and SA Vocal Duet here. Feel free to share!

Still Be My Vision, Vocal Duet (Alto/Tenor), by Rebecca Belliston

If you’ve read Sadie or Augustina, you know both are filled with my love of music, both religious and classical. This song is a realization of a dream I’ve had since I started writing novels. Since the beginning, I wanted to combine my two passions: writing books and writing music. While I wrote some lyrics for a song in Sadie, and while Sadie plays another song for Josh that I’ve yet to finish, this song is the first time the two sides of REBECCA BELLISTON became one.

So. Much. Fun. 

Check out all the AUGUSTINA extra fun stuff here.

Thanks!

 

 

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My Jobbies: Juggling a life of Writing, Composing, and Mothering

I just updated my quick bio blurb to read:

  • I’m REBECCA BELLISTON, author and composer. If I’m not  chasing my five kids, I’m writing fiction or music, the two best jobbies in the world. I also love to laugh, play the piano, and snuggle up with a good book (though not at the same time).  

What is a jobby, you might ask?

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Countdown to Augustina: Hymn

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There’s a hymn which plays a big role in Augustina.

A few months ago, I found a Spanish version of it by Rebecca Lopez and Marvin Goldstein. It is so gorgeous and so perfect, I had to post it.

Do you recognize the hymn?

Isn’t that amazing? I love, love, love it.

There’s another hymn mentioned in the book which is probably unfamiliar to LDS readers, but I’ll post more on that later. It’s become another favorite of mine.

My goal…

Sigh.

Okay, if I post the goal here, I have to complete it, right?

My goal is to finish an arrangement I’m working on that combines both hymns. I think it will be a vocal duet, but as of right now, it’s a whole lot of scribbles on a whole lot of manuscript paper.

Oh well. I posted it. Now I have to complete it. :)

I’ll let you know how it goes.

By the way, thank you guys for being the best! Seriously! As I’ve started posting about Augustina, your enthusiasm and excitement has been so great. I love all of you!

Have a great one!

Two More Videos

Here are a few more music videos.

As book things pick up, I’m not sure if I’ll get any other songs recorded, but I wanted to get at least these done before Mother’s Day.

You see…

My mom, Lynn S. Lund, is my musical inspiration and hero. She’s composed and taught music for as long as I can remember.  She’s the reason I started writing music, the reason I’ve played the piano since I could reach the keys.

I love her so much!

But she lives in Utah, and I live in Michigan. She’s always asking me what music I’m working on. This was the easiest way to show her.

So here are two videos.

The first song is a vocal solo sung by the amazing Jen Petersen. Jen is one of those soloists that makes accompanying a joy. She has a gorgeous voice and a great feel for music. I could seriously listen to her all day long. I’m soooo glad she agreed to record this song for me. She’s the best.

What you hopefully can’t hear is our three little kids playing in the background. It’s always fun trying to record with kids in the house, but they were very patient with us. Jen’s kids are adorable. My son was thrilled to have friends to play with.

And here’s the other song, a piano solo recorded in the middle of the day, although it doesn’t look like it. :)

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Here are the links if you’re interested:

How Great Thou ArtHow Great Thou ArtAbide with me cover

Abide With Me; ‘Tis Eventide

Have a great one!

My first (sort of) Music Video, Plus Some Basement Photos

Hey! How’s everyone doing?

I’ve been MIA since March Book Madness. Sorry. I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I’ve been painting, mudding, taping, sanding, mudding some more, painting some more, and then touching everything up in an effort to finish our basement. We got carpet last Friday, so it’s finally done!

Our six year project is finished.

YAY!!!

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With the basement done and finished, I decided to finish another project I’ve wanted to do for many years: record my music. Sadly, I think the new carpet is what inspired me, because my living room has never looked so nice. Might as well document it before it gets trashed, right? :)

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Here are the first two videos

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My hymn arrangement of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” 

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The second is a short little etude I wrote a few years ago.

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I’ll keep posting as I have time to record.

As part of this little experiment, I’m offering my music FREE for a limited time. Just email me and let me know what you’d like. There’s only one song I can’t offer for free (For There’s A Savior Born), but all the others are up for grabs, so drop me a note here.

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Okay. Here are the pics:

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A fun way to decorate the kids’ toy room – Each kid picked a color and painted their hand prints on the wall. They kids loved doing it, and I’m sure the room will be a favorite as they outgrow their own hand prints.

 

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We only painted two of the walls in the toy room because we didn’t want it to be too busy.
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To paint the flowers, we started with the oldest kid and had them do the outside ring. After it dried, we did the ring next, slowly moving to the center. It turned out great!
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My teen son told me he wanted navy blue and neon green stripes for his room. I was skeptical, but it turned out awesome. One wall has the stripes, then one is blue, one is green, and the last is white. I’m so glad I gave into his crazy idea. :)
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This family room looks boring after the other pictures, but this is what most of the basement looks like. I’m so thrilled. You should have seen it before…
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New carpet. Yay!!!


Last Day for Free Music!–Happy Halloween

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Just a reminder that today is the last day you can get my sheet music for FREE!

Tomorrow, it goes back up to a whopping $1.65 a piece. :)  Okay, that’s not that much, but hey, free is free.

Right? 

Thanks to everyone who’s already requested music. I think I’ve given away over 150 copies, which is awesome!

So…let your favorite musicians know and let your not-so-favorite musicians know, too. All my sheet music is free until midnight tonight. My music is either religious choral, vocal, and piano, or else classical-style piano stuff.  The only song I can’t give away is For There’s A Savior Born.

To get the free music, simply email me and let me know what songs you want.

The list of my songs and a few audio clips are here. Pick as many as you want. 

Alrighty then.

Have a Happy (and hopefully warm and dry) Halloween!!!

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Free Christmas Music!

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It’s that time of year again.

You know, the time that stores start selling Christmas stuff before we can get our Halloween decorations out of the basement. Drives us crazy, right? I can barely keep up with one upcoming holiday, let alone three.

But…today I’m going to be a hypocrite.

I’m a piano teacher. And a choir director. In both instances, Christmas has to start early. I give my piano students their Christmas songs around the middle of October, and my choir usually starts Christmas stuff the end of September (I say usually because this year we’re WAY behind schedule, but that’s another story). Starting this early is the only way to have perfection–or close to it–by Christmas.

Forgive me if you’re an anti-Christmas-music-in-October kinda person. Maybe you’ll forgive me if I give you something for free.

Here’s the deal. I’ve written a bunch of songs, and I’ve arranged even more than that. Several are for sale on the internet. And several happen to be Christmas-y. :)

So…

For a limited time, I’m offering my music for free. Yep. FREE!

Some is choral. Some vocal solo. Some piano. I’m even giving away my non-Christmas stuff because…well…why not?

This FREE deal will last until the end of October.

That’s October 31st. 

Halloween.

You know. The holiday we’re not ready for? 

So what exactly am I offering?

You can peruse all my available music in depth here, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll list what’s available below. Click on the song title to go to the page with audio samples, a peek inside, and a place to buy the song. Only don’t buy the song! If you do, you missed the point of this post. Instead of buying it, send me an email (listed below) to let me know what you want.

Christmas:

>  Silent Night — SATB  and Vocal Solo​
>  Noel: a Christmas Medley – SATB and Piano Solo
>  For There’s a Savior Born —  SATB.  (This is the only one I’m unable to offer for free. Sorry. It’s on Jackmanmusic.com. But…it’s also my best-seller (and one of Jackman’s bestsellers, too), so if you or a choir you know might be interested, still check it out. )

  

Religious:

>  How Great Thou Art — Vocal Solo (Low, High)  (This is my second highest selling song)
>  A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief — Piano Solo
>  Abide With Me: ’tis Eventide — Piano Solo
>  Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning — Organ/Piano Duet
 

Classical-style Piano:

>  Sonata in A minor — Piano
       I – Allegro
       II – Adagio
       III – Moderato
>  Fugue in C minor — Piano
>  Etude in Eb minor — Piano
>  Prelude in G major — Piano

RECAP: If you want any of these songs for FREE, just email me: rebeccabelliston @ gmail (dot) com.

I’ll email the songs right out to you in .pdf form. In most cases, I can transpose them to another key if needed. Just remember to email me by Halloween.

If you know anyone who might want some free music, please share this post!

Awesome!

You guys are the best. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!–oh wait. Not yet.

Happy Halloween!

Shoot. Almost.

You know what? Just have a great day!!! :)

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