“The Lord’s Prayer” (a Hymn), Music Video


At my church, one of our pastors recently led us through a study of the Lord’s Prayer in depth. Then, a few weeks ago, I was inspired to put it to music. Yes, I realize it has been done before, but I still wanted to create a simple, easy-to-sing arrangement that others will hopefully find accessible, or at least enjoyable. πŸ™‚ 

So here it is! As always, thanks for watching, and feel free to share, subscribe, and all that fun stuff. πŸ˜‰ 

https://youtu.be/32cuVRY8aaM

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“Universe” (Solar Eclipse Music Video)


You can watch my latest music video on YouTube now! This is an instrumental piece I wrote a few years ago for piano. After August’s amazing solar eclipse, which I was fortunate enough to witness and get some pretty epic photos of (thanks to my sweet telescope with solar filter), I was inspired to make this video which includes said photos. It seemed fitting, given the title of the song. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, like and subscribe if you want, and as always, enjoy!!

 

YouTube Interview with Roadside Beggars Music


I know I’ve been rather silent in the blogosphere lately, for which I apologize to my dear readers. Alas, life can be busy and I started to find that blogging was cutting into my already limited writing time too much, which meant other writing endeavors (particularly my fantasy novel and singing/songwriting projects) were suffering for it. So I’ve mostly put the blog on the back burner for now. 

That said, I’m dusting off this poor, neglected page to make an exciting announcement:

In addition to my new YouTube channel I started to share some of my original music, I was recently invited by Roadside Beggars Music here in North Texas to be featured in a summer series they’ve been doing on YouTube, in which they interview local musicians and give them a chance to perform a few of their songs. How cool is that??

Not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous, but also excited. The nerves mostly stemmed from the fact that I haven’t sung solo in front of other humans since, like, middle school when I sang at church. LOL!! But I did it and survived, so now I can go forth in the knowledge that I am capable of such a feat. πŸ˜‰

Here are both parts of my interview, for those who are interested:

https://youtu.be/k761QyJ2aUs
https://youtu.be/YsflTddE0Xs

Thanks to everyone who has supported me and encouraged me to be braver with my music. ❀

Erinspell (A Musical Ode to Ireland)


Check out my brand new music video, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and one of my favorite places in the world!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=brhUVghP7zQ

Solace (An Original Song for Piano)


Where would I be without the help of technology?  I uploaded this music video to YouTube several weeks ago. Then I started a blog post to inform my followers of the new song, and…….forgot to publish it. LOL!! So, here it is at last, thanks to my WordPress app on my phone which reminded me I had an unpublished draft waiting to be finished. πŸ˜€


Check out my music video on YouTube now! “Solace” is an original piece for solo piano that I wrote last year. I couldn’t resist including a few of my favorite photos from my travels as well. πŸ˜‰

Enjoy!! ❀

https://youtu.be/qF0ii_8P_t0

Always Winter, Never Christmas (Music Video)


In honor of December, which boasts my favorite holiday, here is a music video I put together for one of my compositions.

It is a piano solo called, “Always Winter, Never Christmas,” which is a reference to “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C. S. Lewis. Hence, this is my tribute to one of my favorite childhood books. ❀

Feel free to share, and let me know what you think!

Merry Christmas!!

My New YouTube Channel!


AHH!!!!

I did it! I finally made a YouTube channel!

*hyperventilates in a corner* I will not panic…I will not panic…

I have been writing music for years, and it is my hope to one day make professional recordings. In the meantime, I’m forcing myself to be brave for once and share my songs with the public, via some casual home recordings. πŸ™‚ They won’t be professional quality, by any means, but I hope they will still be enjoyable to my listeners, and most importantly, help to spread the word!

You can view my first video now. This is my most recent composition, based on the poem “The Old Astronomer (To His Pupil)” by Sarah Williams. Feel free to like, subscribe, and share!

I hope you enjoy listening, and thanks for stopping by!

Now, excuse me while I turn into a nervous wreck and question every decision that led to this point…

 

Lyrics:

Reach me down my Tycho Brahé–I would know him when we meet,

When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet;

He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how

We are working to completion, working on from then to now.

 

But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn,

You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn,

What for us are all distractions of men’s fellowship and wiles;

What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles.

 

You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late,

But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant’s fate.

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

 

Well then, kiss me–since my mother left her blessing on my brow,

There has been a something wanting in my nature until now;

I can dimly comprehend it–that I might have been more kind,

Might have cherished you more wisely, as the one I leave behind.

 

I must say Good-bye, my pupil, for I cannot longer speak;

Draw the curtain back for Venus, ere my vision grows too weak:

It is strange the pearly planet should look red as fiery Mars–

God will mercifully guide me on my way amongst the stars.

 

**to view the full poem, see my previous blog post

Student Quote of the Week: Don’t Eat the Orange Ones


Student: “My friend told me that some ladybugs are actually poisonous.”

Me: “Oh really?”

Student: “Yeah. The red and black ones are okay. But the orange and black ones are poisonous. So you shouldn’t eat those ones.”

Me: “Aw, really? Well, alright…I guess I won’t be eating the orange ones then.”

There go my dinner plans.

Student Quote of the Week (Trauma by Horse)


When a perfectly innocent conversation with your piano student, about THEORY, mind you, suddenly takes a turn into PG-13 level inappropriate subject matter, and you’re left alternating between utter shock and uncontrollable laughter…

Me: “Look! On this page of theory homework you get to write your own song about a Pegasus! That’s cool!”

Student: “I don’t want to write about a Pegasus. I saw a horse once, and it was horrible. I definitely didn’t like it. It was a boy horse, so I saw his (*whispering*) you-know-what….It was so gross!! EW!!! I never want to see a boy again!”

Me: (*through tears of laughter*) “I’m sorry. That does sound awful. You don’t have to write about a Pegasus then.”