My Arrangement of Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and What Child is This?

Hey everyone,

I’m still around, working on lots of music. My latest Christmas piano arrangement is a medley of:

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

What Child is This?



Originally, I wouldn’t have thought these two songs go together. “Hark! the Herald” is upbeat and boisterous, while “What Child is This?” is more quiet and reverent. But halfway through having fun with “Hark!”, I was a bit stumped. I got a bit of writer’s block. So I just started messing around on the piano, stalling, until I came to a slow, reverent version of “What Child is This?” And somehow, it just kinda fit with the rest.

I really love how the two came together and hope you do to. Because, to me, celebrating Christ’s birth at Christmas is both fun, wonderful, and boisterous, and yet also reverent, amazing, and incredible.

Hark Medley cover mp3

The lyrics

Even though this is a piano arrangement, when I put the video together, I wanted to add lyrics. But I’d never realized how amazing the words are to either song until I slowed down to read them word by word.

Hark! the herald angels sing glory to the newborn King!

 Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!

Joyful, all ye nations, rise; join the triumph of the skies;

With the angelic host proclaim Christ is born in Bethlehem!

What Child is this Who laid to rest on Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and Angels sing.

Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary.

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! 

Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings. 

Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die;

Hark! the herald angels sing glory to the newborn King!

Anyway, hope you enjoy this season wherever you are!

You can find more of my Christmas music here.


2 Books for $0.99 and a New Book Trailer

Hey all,

Just wanted to let you know that I have two kindle ebook deals this week:

Take advantage of the deals and pass them along to someone who might want a fun summer read.



Also, my book trailer for the Citizens of Logan Pond series is finally finished. Better late than never, right? :)

Have a wonderful week!

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.


  • (Pictures at the bottom)

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? :)


Here are the first two videos


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


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


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.


Okay. Here are the pics:

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.


We only painted two of the walls in the toy room because we didn’t want it to be too busy.
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!
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. :)
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…
New carpet. Yay!!!

Video Blog: Prelude in C# minor by Rachmaninoff


Hey everyone. How’s your April going? Mine has been fantastic! This past weekend I played a piano solo at a baptism, organ for a funeral, directed two choir numbers for our Easter service, and played more piano for a children’s class. It was a musical weekend for me which is always a good thing. It’s funny because people who know me as an author are surprised to find out how much I love music. But people who have known me my whole life know me as the crazy music lady and are shocked to find out I love writing now as well.

Because I was in a musical mood, when I had a free hour Saturday, instead of jumping on the computer, I headed to the piano and started jamming out (if classical music can be considered jamming). One of my favorite ‘jam’ songs is Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# minor. I love this song so much that when my main character in SADIE needed a ‘jam’ song, this had to be the one.

The background is that Sadie is at a New Year’s Eve party she’s not particularly happy about, and she wanders the halls for a few minutes to take a break. As she does, she hears this song being played by her friend, Josh, on a black baby grand he found in a darkened dining hall. I did my best to describe this powerful and moving prelude, and a few readers have asked me what it sounds like in real life. Plus, that scene happens to be one of my favorites in the book. So…

I decided to try something different today. I took a big leap and made a video blog. Yeah, scary. Since this is a new thing for me and I’m kind of nervous about it (as shown in my excessive blinking) there is no making fun of it, no poking fun at my non-concert-pianist playing abilities, or my sad attempt at humor. That’s the rules. If you’re willing to abide by those rules, you can check out my first video blog. Ever.

Tomorrow I’m participating in the 3rd Annual LDS Writer Blogfest. See you then!

(Any other classical music nerds out there? Which songs/composers do you love? Any Rachmaninoff fans?)