I was called as First Counsellor in Relief Society at the beginning of this year, and I have to say with all honesty that it is the most depressing calling I have ever had!  Depressing, because when you are in Primary, you get to concentrate on the beautiful children in your care and not have to worry about the cares and concerns of the Ward.  The children are so sweet and trusting and relatively easy to teach.  They have such simple but inspiring faith as well!

Relief Society came as a huge shock to me after spending so many years in Primary (15 years, I think it was).  Each and every sister seems to have something they’re going through or battling with.  We have something like 40% inactivity in our ward, which is crazy!  Completely different from the sweet, trusting and faithful children in Primary who have simple but gorgeous testimonies.  It certainly isn’t my favourite calling, but I’m doing the best I can and trying to enrich the lives of those around me.

My husband has recently been called as Second Counsellor in the Bishopric (another HUGE shock for us!!) and because we don’t have a music chairman in our ward, he has asked me to ‘work my magic’ and help him out with some musical items every now and then.

This song took me 8 hours in total to arrange, but I LOVE it. The story behind this one is that I have been looking for the vocal trio that Felicia Sorensen did for EFY many years ago, but only the solo version is available.  After mentioning this to my husband, he said “Well, you have the skills, do it!”.  So I did.  And here it is, ready for three YW in my ward to perform it in Sacrament Meeting in July:-

The Olive Tree – Vocal Trio

It isn’t the same as Felicia Sorensen’s version, in fact it’s quite different but blends the three parts really well.  The middle part carries the melody for most of the song.

Another Fireside favourite!

I arranged this for my daughter and one of the gorgeous YW in my ward to sing at the Fireside last year mentioned in a post below.  It is a simple but effective combination of the two songs, keeping the lilting 6/8 time signature so they flow together.

It would be perfectly suitable as a musical item for Baptisms, as well as Sacrament Meeting!

Here’s my arrangement of Baptism and When I am Baptised:-

Baptism When I Am Baptised Medley

I absolutely loved this song from the moment I first heard it.  For the same Fireside mentioned in the post below, I was also asked to do a song about Temples. This one immediately sprang to mind, but I wanted a duet, with a particular piano arrangement.  I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I listened to the voices in my head (LOL love those voices!) and did this arrangement.

I have included the original composer and arrangers on my sheet music so they get full credit, and I have included the site to purchase the original music at the bottom of my sheet music (please do so, to support them – I did!).

I heard yesterday that one of the gorgeous sisters who made me cry when I first heard them sing together, is leaving for her Mission in a few days’ time.  I wish her the very best!!!  This one’s for you, Gabby and Alicia :D

The Mountain of the Lord

Last year, I was asked to find an arrangement of St Francis of Assisi’s “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace” for a fireside.  There are some lovely versions out there, but the requirements were that it needed to be a male vocal solo, and it had to be suitable for a Fireside.  That meant that I couldn’t use any choral versions, and the more ‘modern’ arrangement sung by Olivia Newtown John was out of the question.  Because I couldn’t find one, I had to arrange one myself.

Although not the intended target (I wrote it for someone in particular, who sang it beautifully at the Fireside), it has become one of my husband’s favourites to sing.

Here is my arrangement of “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace for Male tenor, violin and piano: Lord Make me an Instrument of Thy Peace

I am moving house in less than two weeks, hence the lack of posts on this blog :(  It has been such a learning experience selling my house, but it’s all good.  I hope to catch up posting the music I have arranged since June very soon.

 

I’m looking forward to being able to have a music keyboard near my computer again, and get back to composing/arranging more music.  My apologies to those who have wanted music arranged  - I hadn’t visited my blog for some months.  I hope you were able to find something suitable for what you needed.

 

The packing has started, and all the fun that goes with that.  (Wish me luck!)

 

 

I volunteered my little family to do an item for Mother’s Day this coming Sunday.  (What was I thinking?)  I whipped up a simple arrangement of ‘Dearest Mother, I Love You’ found in the Children’s Songbook.  It’s simple, but you don’t want a complicated accompaniment or descant or you’ll have a very confused child singing.

Here’s my arrangement: Dearest Mother I Love You

The violin part is also suitable for a flute.

I was looking up some Articles of Faith posters (because there are lots of clever people out there) for a Primary activity I have coming up.  I’m doing an Article of Faith/Easter Egg Hunt and thought that having the children recite the Articles of Faith as part of their clues would be great.

I stumbled across a site by Heather called ‘Simply Fresh Designs’, and she has some fantastic looking Article of Faith Posters for free in different sizes.  She only asks that they not be re-sold as she isn’t making any money off these, and doesn’t think other people should either.

Here’s the link to her site and her fabulous posters: http://www.simplyfreshdesigns.com/2010/10/lds-prints-articles-of-faith/

Scenario:-

Our music leader is holding up ‘Stop’ and ‘Go’ signs in the chorus of As a Child of God.  The teachers had just been handed their own copy of the song and were looking down at the words rather than look at the music leader.

The children were all paying attention, the Stop sign was held up and one teacher sang through the ‘stop’, completely oblivious until the little person next to the teacher gently tapped them on the arm and piped up “Excuse me *insert name*, you sang through when you were supposed to stop”. 

The teacher glanced up, had a quiet chuckle and exclaimed “Oh, I must have the wrong glasses on today.  Silly me!”.

Tee hee hee- a perfect example of how to deal with situations tactfully.

This is what Phil is doing tomorrow in Singing Time:-

Animal match-up with pictures from here: http://www.christianpreschoolprintables.com/Pages/FileFolderGames/NoahsAnimals.html

Concentration/Memory is really easy.  He thought this was a safe activity to do after teaching the children ‘Choose the Right’ for 10 mins.

The crazy thing is that he is useless with laminating, so I get that job.  Lucky me!  We cut around the animals and lightly pasted them onto*paper, then laminated them.

The *paper was yellow A5 sheets cut in half so that the children can’t see through and cheat.

Sadly I was released, and sustained yesterday as First Counsellor in our Primary.  I could have happily stayed in the Primary Music Leader calling forever, but it was not to be.

Now here’s the funny thing.  My husband was called as the new Primary Music Leader.  All he has to do really, is pull some flip charts and games from the giant storage container we have upstairs with all the ‘stuff’ in it relevant to that calling. The hard work has already been done. (*Mutters* he’s lucky I love him).

I am excited about my new calling though.  I have done it a few times before. The first time with Pre-natal Depression which didn’t go so well, and the second time with a fantastic Primary Presidency, and we worked really well together.  Our new President is absolutely lovely, very organised and…well…we seem to have been separated at birth and get along really well, so it should be lots of fun :D

I reviewed this month’s song with the children again using a flip chart found at Sugardoodle.  We spent about 8mins on that, then did the scarecrow/crows and corn visual that I had used last year. I found it one one of those Singing Time CD’s that you can print off in colour, laminate and cut out, then you’re ready to go.  I can’t remember which CD it was though.

Hehehe our Primary Pianist was telling some ‘corny’ jokes though.  I’m not sure that they were really ‘sweet’, but I certainly got an ‘ear’ full of them ;D (especially when he said the kids sounded a little ‘husky’, and hopefully they wouldn’t ‘pop’) LOL!

I found the ‘All I need to know, I learned in Primary’ poster on this site: http://www.brookiewookie.com/2010/03/free-primary-poster-download/ and I absolutely adore it!

I’m sure I’ll be able to continue posting some music idea hints due to my husband’s calling.  He has a completely different way of doing things, so there’s bound to be some interesting things going on in our Primary.  A giant lollypop was mentioned yesterday…