My husband has recently been released as the Second Counsellor in the Bishopric, and was called as the Young Mens President. I was a Ward Family History Consultant, but have also been called as the Primary Music Leader again. Woohoo! They’re both really cool callings but they’re going to keep me busy!
I also have a new addition to my family – a just turned 7 month old baby, just because I didn’t have enough to do.
Anyhow, looking forward to sharing more music with you, and whatever ideas flow into this brain of mine.
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
And in E Flat major: The Olive Tree – Vocal Trio_eflat
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.
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!)