Whoo Hoo! New Music!

 
This week, twelve of my new works made their début at Sheet Music Plus so today I wanted to share a peek into how four of these new works came to be.

Kumbaya, My Lord,

Kumbaya My Lord Piano Sheet MusicThe frozen custard shop sitting at the end of my street serves very inventive flavors. A plain caramel swirl just isn’t creative enough for them so you’ll find things like caramel-peanut-butter-chocolate-covered-pretzel. Their over-the-top combinations provided inspiration for this zany, rhythmic piano arrangement of Kum Ba Yah which has musical chocolate syrup and nuts and sprinkles and whipped cream and (of course!) a cherry on top. Not for a meditative time during worship – it’s a fun prelude or postlude, especially for a Confirmation service. Find it at Sheet Music Plus.


I Vow to Thee, My Country (O God Beyond All Praising)

I Vow To Thee My Country Piano Sheet MusicAbout a year and a half ago, I fell madly in love with this hymn and promised myself I would someday write a piano arrangement – especially since piano arrangements for this hymn are rare. The tune, from Gustav Holst’s symphony The Planets, is so beautiful on its own that I didn’t think it needed much embellishment (but I still gave it some.) This arrangement, starting gently and continually building until it reaches a majestic climax, would be ideal as a prelude or an offertory selection. Find it at Sheet Music Plus.


Revive Us Again

Revive Us Again Piano Sheet MusicOne Saturday morning, I was feeling stagnant with an arrangement I was working on so I sat down at the piano with a hymnal just to noodle around for a bit. With no intention of coming up with anything new, this arrangement found me. (Yep, you read that right.) Most settings of Revive Us Again are rollicking gospel versions but, being a rebel, I chose to keep this piano arrangement breezy – like the winds at the first Pentecost. Ironically, the motive you hear throughout this arrangement came from the stagnating arrangement – revived in this one instead. 😉 Find it at Sheet Music Plus.


The King of Love My Shepherd Is

The King of Love My Shepherd Is Piano Sheet MusicThis actually started out as a medley of four shepherd-themed hymns but I got lazy and arranged only one of them. (Just kidding.) Seriously, when I began working on the section in the medley that included this hymn, I found I had more than enough musical material to create a stand-alone arrangement. Starting with the simple yet beautiful Irish tune, I paired it with an original melody. Because it never gets forceful, this one is perfect for a wedding, a funeral, or a reflective time during worship. Find it at Sheet Music Plus.