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!

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My Arrangement of How Great Thou Art

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My arrangement of “How Great Thou Art is now available. Yes!!!

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Also available at: Sheet Music Plus | Musicaneo

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High Version sung by Jen Petersen:

 

The Story:

I’ve arranged several hymns for people before, but this one has a cool story. With my fiction writing obsession, my music has taken a back seat lately. Which is fine. I love music and writing, and I’ll do whichever I’m in the mood for, because if I force either one, it never turns out great.

Cool thing #1

About a month ago, I was in a musical mood and sat down at my piano and started goofing around. Before I knew it, I was plunking out a piano arrangement of “How Great Thou Art.” Not sure why that hymn since it’s never been on my top-ten favorites list, but okay. I grabbed my manuscript paper and scribbled (literally) all over it. My musical handwriting is worse than my regular handwriting, which is scary enough. But the music was coming faster than I could write. I haven’t written a song that fast in a LONG time.

Low Version sung by Erica Soelberg:

Cool thing #2 came a week later

A man in my ward was asked to sing a solo at the Detroit Mission Home Fireside. He approached me to see if I would accompany him. I said yes and asked him what he wanted to sing.

He said, “I’d love to sing How Great Thou Art, but I don’t want to sing it straight out of the hymnbook. I want to do some kind of an arrangement. Do you know of any?”

Now, at times like this my personality begs me to clam up and say nothing. I HATE my personality. But I went for bold, jumped uncharacteristically out of my comfort zone.

“Actually . . . I’m working on an arrangement right now. It’s mostly finished but it’s for a piano solo. But, it wouldn’t be too hard to switch it over to a vocal solo. What do you think?”

He was nice enough to trust me, so we gave it a try. Not sure how he got through that first rehearsal. I was scribbling and scratching things out as he sang. But he put up with me. He even tolerated the funky timing I added.

Cool thing #3

The song went great at the fireside — Thank you, Scott! I even had someone I don’t know ask for the arrangement afterward, which is the nicest compliment anyone can give. When I told her it was my arrangement she wasn’t completely shocked — another compliment. However, I only had one copy, and it had more scribbles on it. I handed it over anyway, hoping I would remember my last minutes tweaks. I rushed home, made the changes, and had the thought — I should publish it. Might as well, right? It was finished and a whole two people liked it. I’ve had less motivation before. :)

Then came the hard part. Most hymns are so old the copyrights have expired. You can arrange to your heart’s desire and not worry about anything. “How Great Thou Art” is not one of them. In fact, you can’t even copy it out of the hymnbook without permission. That’s okay. I’ve been working with publishers and copyrights for eight years now, so I decided to take the plunge.

Cool thing #4

I did some research, wrote about 10 emails, and now it’s approved for publication. Yay! So that’s the long story for my short announcement. My arrangement of “How Great Thou Art” is available.

Funny how life works.