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Ahhh, the questions of life and the universe and everything… insistent and never-ending. The tiny little subset of them that actually relates to this site is covered here, and 42 is generally not the answer.

This page is your best bet for help and answers to the questions people ask most.

Please read through the information below before sending e-mail. Chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

For the sake of this poor beleaguered composer, please read through this FAQ before sending questions.

There are a few somewhat interesting or amusing things buried in all Qs and As, so if, after reading all this, you’re not better informed, I hope at least that you’ve been entertained.

Happy reading!

Can you recommend a song for me?

Yep. That’s the number one question that gets asked. The grand prize-winner.

The answer is, not a chance. I don’t know your voice(s), I don’t know your skills, I don’t know your occasion… a whole host of details I don’t know. And here’s a sad little fact: if I were to know every one of these details, I’d simply open up my website, click on the song list, and search it for something that might work. That’s because I’ve written wayyyy too much music and I can’t come up with a list right off the top of my head.

Since you can certainly do such a search much better than I can (considering you know all the details I don’t know)… no recommendations.

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Can I e-mail you? Will you respond?

Yes and yes.

For quite a while I tried to answer every e-mail I received. I never dreamed it would get to the point where I just couldn’t answer them all, but it has. So here are the details:

If you just want to say hello, or share stories or experiences, and you don’t require a response, go to the contact link at the bottom of the page. You don’t need to read through the whole FAQ, or pass GO! or collect $200. These are the kinds of things that keep me motivated. Your stories and experiences are invaluable to me (yes, I read them all!), and I don’t want you to hesitate to send them.

If you would like a response, please indicate that in your e-mail. Just so you know, sometimes I answer e-mails rather quickly–especially if you happen to catch me online when you send your note. Sometimes it takes days…weeks… months. It just depends on what’s happening in my life, how much e-mail is in my inbox, and how deep the swamp is. So be patient with me please?

If you have a question, please read this FAQ first, since your answer is probably here. Because answering questions is very time-consuming, if your question is answered in the FAQ, I won’t respond to it. Check the FAQ again if you find that it’s been awhile and you haven’t gotten an answer.

If I send you my lyrics will you write the music for me?

The short answer: No.
The long answer: No, sorry.

No, seriously… here’s the long answer: I just don’t have the time to do it. You only get so many hours in so many days and years, and you have to pick the things on which you spend them. I currently can’t work on anything but trying to keep up with my own compositions and the occasional intrusion of real life.

Occasionally people ask if I can arrange their melodies (no, sorry) or produce a written score for them from an audio (a chore rather akin to cultivating your garden with a teaspoon), or write words for their melodies. I just don’t have enough hours to add those things to my list at this point. Perhaps if I were the kind of genius who could write The Messiah in 7 days (or 14 or 33 or whatever the currently accepted number is) I’d be able to work it in, but… no.

Do I have to be LDS (Mormon) to sing your music?

Nope. You are welcome to use anything on the site regardless of your religious affiliation–or lack of it. People from many Christian denominations use this material in their homes and worship services. You should read the lyrics carefully to be sure they say what you want to express, and then feel free to make use of whatever works for you.

The recordings on this site are provided by many talented musicians. Some are LDS, some are not. What they all have in common is that their renditions are heartfelt and sincere, which is all that I ask of them. Have a listen… they’re wonderful.

What can and can't I do with this music?

Some things you may do with this music:

  • You may make as many copies of the scores as you need provided you are not reselling them.
  • You may share the downloadable MP3 files with family and friends, unless otherwise stated in the download area.
  • You may download the MP3s and burn CDs for personal use unless otherwise stated in the download area. (If you wish to use the MP3 files for mass distribution to classes, organizations, Christmas cards, etc., please use the 320Kbps files.)
  • You may include the lyrics on printed programs.
  • You may reprint the music on printed programs for congregational singing.
  • You may use the accompaniment tracks to produce your own recordings for personal use unless there is no free accompaniment track available. (That means there are copyright issues, and using the track for your own recordings is not permitted.)
  • You may perform this music royalty-free for church, school, or community events, including those for which there is an admission charge.
  • You may use the scores for music lessons, provided the only charge to students for the scores is the cost of printing or copying.

Some things you may not do with this music:

 

  • You may not print copies for commercial sale.
  • You may not burn or copy CDs for commercial sale.
  • You may not alter the lyrics, except as noted in the “Can I arrange your music? Alter your lyrics?” section below.
  • You may not alter or arrange the music, except as noted in the “Can I arrange your music? Alter your lyrics?” section below.
  • You may not produce commercial recordings for public sale of this music without permission. See the “Questions About Recordings” section for further information.
Can I arrange your music? Alter your lyrics?

Unless specifically noted on the download page for a particular song or program, I do not permit arranging of the music, or altering or modification of the lyrics (including adding additional verses), with one exception:

If you would like to modify voice parts to fit your particular group of singers or instrumentalists (e.g., change SSA to SATB, etc., or score the music for instruments), you may do so provided you do not distribute the modified copies beyond your performers.

When it comes to changing my lyrics, just don’t ask. (And just so you know, any e-mail I get that includes the phrase “I know you said not to ask, but…” may be pinned to my dartboard, but will not be answered.) My lyrics are sometimes less-than-masterful poetry, but they are… mine. My children… my babies… hmmm… if they were real babies I might let you change them. ?

Note: Due to the proliferation of holes in the wall around my dartboard, I have changed my policy. E-mails that include the phrase “I know you said not to ask, but…” will no longer be pinned to my dartboard. They will henceforth be summarily squashed into little balls and rolled across the floor for the amusement of my janitorial staff.

What software do you recommend?

Here’s a short rundown on some of the software I use:

 

Music Notation:

The notation program used for most of the scores on this site is Personal Composer. Alas, the company closed its doors in 2014. A pity. I will continue to use it, since it’s the one I like best.

I’m not big on Finale. Though I do own it, I use it only reluctantly.  I find it rather awkward.

I tried Forte Notation at their request, and it’s quite good. It doesn’t cut it for what I do here, but it might work for you. Read the review here.

Those are the only ones I know much about.

PDF Creation: Try the Cute PDF Writer. It’s free. Free is good.

HTML Editors: No idea any more.  I use WordPress, and it’s been so long since I used a stand-alone HTML editor, I wouldn’t know what to recommend.

Browsers: At the moment I like Chrome. In the world of browsers, you never know when they’re going to ruin your fav, but for now, Chrome is good for me.

Recording/Sequencing: I’m using Steinberg’s Cubase. It’s pricey, but nowhere near the price of ProTools, and it does exactly what I want so I’m happy.

Do you accept user submissions?

If you would like to translate any of the songs on this site into a non-English language, feel free. If you e-mail me your translation I can make it available to other site users.

I don’t accept scores for publication. I’m not a publisher, and I just don’t have the time to offer feedback on original music.

Please do not send me scores for publishing, arranging, voicing or notation, or for critique or feedback.

How do I send you an attachment?

If you have a file you’d like to send to me, drop me an e-mail using the contact link at the bottom of the page, and let me know what kind of file you would like to send. I’ll reply from the e-mail address you can use to send your file.

(By the way, just as a general rule, it’s always a good idea to know when attachments are coming your way. If you open unexpected attachments, you’re asking for trouble!)

Do you have (fill in the blank)??

…scores not listed here on the site?

…a score in a different format?

…recordings not posted here?

…MIDI files?

…etc. etc. etc.

The short answer: No.

The long answer: Everything I have ready for public consumption is available here on the website. If it’s not here, it’s not available.

I always have a few things in the works, and they’ll be posted when they’ve been subjected to sufficient worry, husbandly critique, editing and proofreading. I tend to be a perfectionist (though I never hit perfection) and I fuss over things for quite awhile before they’re ready to post.

I also find that some of the older recordings or scores here have become dated, or the quality isn’t up to today’s standards.  If that’s the case, I may remove or replace them.

The long and short of it: If you don’t find it here on the site, it’s not available.

How is this site funded?

Well, mostly out of my pocket, but I use the few dollars I make on audio CDs and HQ MP3s to subsidize my habit. All proceeds from CD/MP3 sales are used to pay for hosting and bandwidth, and to produce more recordings. (I might have been tempted to use them for a nice, tropical vacation, but they’d only get me about five miles out to sea, and I’m a very bad swimmer. ? )

I do not solicit or accept donations.

I have posted some text-only advertising that may be of interest to my site users. I don’t do graphic ads because they slow the site down too much. The text ads I have included are things I feel are relevant to the needs of people who visit here. As with the CD/MP3 sales, all proceeds are directed right back into material for the site. Might as well let advertisers pay for your free stuff. ?

How do I start a similar site of my own?

Short question… long answer. Grab a soda. First, you’ll need to get your music into a format that is readable by the majority of web users. I use PDF because almost everyone has a PDF Reader, unless they’re still running a Compy 386. You’ll need either Adobe’s full-blown Acrobat program (a bit pricey) to produce the PDF files, or a freebie that works for you. Other formats can work as well–people have used .jpg files, Finale files (which have to be read with proprietary Finale software), Personal Composer files (for which you need the Personal Composer demo freebie), and various and sundry other formats.

After you have your music in a share-able (another made up word I think) format, you’ll need to concoct a web site to make it accessible to others. If you’re just starting out, you might want to search for a web host with a page builder that let’s you create your site without knowing HTML. Just Google “web hosts” or something similar, and you’ll get plenty of options.

That’s really all there is to the basic site. If you add audio files, you’ll also need to think about how to host those. If you use your web site host, audio files will chew up a lot of data transfer (the bytes your host sends to the users that click your links) and you could end up paying quite a bit for it. Soundcloud is a good option if you’re looking for a low-cost audio host. There are plenty of other online music services out there–again, just Google it.

There are many other fun things that can be added to your site if you’re interested. By the way, if you want to see the Cadillac of sheet music download methods, check out the Interactive Music Player (hymn playback/transpose/print functions) at lds.org. Nice!

How can I transpose or resize the music?

See these articles for complete instructions:

 

Transposing Using Personal Composer

Resizing Using Personal Composer

 

What do I do about PDF display/printing issues?

I wish I had a magic answer for you, but I don’t.

The files offered here work on my computer, and, as far as I can tell, millions of other computers too, so the file is probably not at fault.

If your PDF looks odd or prints strangely, try using your RIGHT mouse button, and save the file to your own computer.  Then open it and print it from there.  This usually takes care of graphic glitches.

My only other suggestion is a technique I use myself, quite often: kick the tires. Er… restart the computer.  Mine sometimes just ties itself into logical knots, and a reboot can work wonders.

Where can I find... (fill in the blank)?

**sigh**

The not-so-omniscient composer’s dilemma: if I admit to not knowing everything, my kids will find out.

Ah well, it was bound to happen.

If you’re looking for sheet music by a particular composer, or a song sung by a particular singer, or a published song arranged for a particular voicing, or a song you once heard on the radio, or something your grandmother used to sing…  try Google. It’s precisely what I would have to do if I were to try to find what you’re looking for.

Do you want to know about mistakes in scores or web pages?

Short answer: Yes. Please.

Long answer: Yes, Pretty please.

Just use the contact link at the bottom of the page.  Please include as much specific information as you can about where you spotted the mistake.

Can you e-mail me the scores?

Short answer: nope.

Long answer: Still nope.

Here’s why: In a typical month, my site serves up about a million downloads. It takes about 5 minutes to read an e-mail, respond and attach requested files.

Which doesn’t seem like a lot.

However, if just .1% (that’s .001) of those downloads were to turn into requests for e-mail attachments… well, let’s do the math:

1,000,000 X .001 = 1,000 X the 5 minutes it takes to respond = 5,000 minutes, or 83 hours.

So, as much as I’d like to, I just can’t do it. 🙁

Can I send you a request?

If there’s something you would like to request, I’ll be happy to hear about it. The bad news is… this is my hobby, not my paid profession.

I’ll add requests to my “good ideas” folder (yes, I really do keep one), and hope to get to them some time during this millenium, or possibly the next. Please bear in mind that I rarely arrange music that is still under copyright, for which I have to obtain permission and pay royalties. (Many of the hymns in the LDS hymnbook are still under copyright.)

If you’re requesting a specific voicing or harmonization for any of the music on this site, I’ll also be happy to hear about it. However, (maybe that should be “HOWEVER“…) it isn’t likely that I will get to it in a hurry, so don’t depend on it if you have a deadline.

Who do I contact about a problem with my CD order?

My CDs are currently manufactured and shipped by Kunaki.com, and yes, they occasionally goof. So far, I’m pleased with their over-all service… knock on wood!

 

If there is any problem with your order, contact them directly at CustomerService@kunaki.com. (If you contact me about it, I’ll forward your message on to them, but it will add an extra step… which means extra delay.) Be sure to include your order number.

The only way I will know how they perform is from your feedback, so I’d certainly appreciate hearing your comments on them.

Hmmm…. I guess that really should be “Whom…” Ah well.

Can I sing demos for your site?

Most of the demos I use are done by local talent (Colorado Springs area), and are recorded in my home studio. Singers outside this area will need to have free access to studio facilities or high-quality home recording facilities. A couple of things you should know:

  • I can’t possibly use every singer who sends me a demo–that doesn’t mean you’re not talented!
  • There is no profit involved in this. Singers on this site do it for the love of the Lord, and a little exposure along the way.

If you’re not deterred by any of the above, drop me a note using the contact link at the bottom of the page. I’ll let you know how you can send me a demo.

Can I record your music?

If you would like to make recordings of these songs for your own personal use, and for limited distribution to family and friends, feel free. (Send me a copy! I’d love to hear you.) You’re welcome to use the accompaniment tracks provided if you wish.

If you are an amateur artist and you’d like to make recordings of these songs for wider distribution but not for commercial sale, this is the arrangement I prefer: You may use my material royalty-free, and in return you agree to allow me, should I choose to do so, to post your recording(s) to my website as streaming-only demo material for site users, and to include your recording on demo CDs. (Not every recording submitted will be used.) Your name will appear as the performer, and will be linked to your website (if you have one). You will need to send a finished recording to me, either as a physical CD or 320Kbps MP3 file. This usually works out well for both of us–my site users get good quality demo material, and you get some extra publicity for your project. If that arrangement doesn’t work well for you, contact me and we’ll do the standard royalty arrangement.

Note: Yes, the above paragraph is for real, and you don’t need further permission as far as my side of things goes. If your studio needs a license to proceed, contact me using the e-mail link at the bottom of the page, and include the name that should appear on the license and the tracks being recorded.

If you would like to record my material for sale, contact me using the link at the bottom of the page and tell me about your project.

Can I copy and share your recordings?

 If you would like to copy and share the free MP3 recordings with family and friends, go right ahead. Most songs have 128Kbps MP3 recordings that are freely downloadable.

If you would like to copy and distribute these recordings on a larger scale than just family and friends, please use the high quality files offered for purchase on each song’s page.

Purchase of these files includes a license to copy and distribute in unlimited quantities on any physical medium (CD, DVD, etc.) for non-commercial use, unless otherwise noted. (If it says, “This file may not be distributed,” on the song page …well, it can’t be distributed. ? ) The purchased files (and resultant disks) may not be re-sold or included for download on websites. The purchased files may be burned to CD and used for bulk distribution, e.g., gifts for classes or choirs, Christmas cards, Mother’s/Father’s-day gifts, etc.

Why is there a charge for some MP3 files?

You’ll notice that a few songs don’t have free MP3 downloads.  That’s because either…

1) The song was recorded as part of a licensed project and I don’t own the rights to the recording;

or

2) There’s some copyright restriction on the arrangement and I have to pay for each copy downloaded. (Paying royalties for something you don’t get paid for yourself is reeeeeally bad for the budget. 🙂 )

Can you give us some biographical information?

Briefly:

I was born June 10, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon, USA. I have lived in Colorado Springs, CO, since 1988.

 

I have a wonderful husband, Dennis. I have four great kids–Jennifer Robin (who goes by her middle name), Holly, Amy, and Daniel. I have four amazing grandchildren–Damien, Lyric, Malachi and Killian.

 

I love to read anything I can get my hands on, provided it’s reasonably well-written. I am an avid BYU sports fan.

 

There’s more on the “About the Composer” page, but I’m afraid a lot of it is less than serious. I’m hopeless. (At any rate, when is the last time you sat through someone’s entire lifetime full of credentials and accomplishments without secretly wishing to just get on with the show?)

Where in Utah do you live?

 

Colorado Springs.

🙂

Do you do firesides?

The short answer: Maybe.

The long answer: As you may know, I have MS. (If you don’t know much about it, try this: MS Symptoms.)

I love coming to your events, and meeting all you wonderful people. I have to schedule carefully though, so if you want me, drop me a note (use the contact link at the bottom of the page) and we can discuss the whats and whens and wherefores and then decide.

How many people are on your staff?
Tokio the cat

My Staff

Yes, people seriously ask that.

For your edification, here’s a picture of my staff. In it you will see my manager, my sound technician, my scheduler, my data entry clerk, my HR chief, and my janitorial crew.
Her name is Tokio, and she belongs to my daughter.

Anything involved in this composing/publishing/recording operation that she can’t do, I do myself.

Why do you give away music instead of selling it?

a. I’m insane
b. I’m already filthy rich
c. To spite my hard-working husband
d. I’m doing penance for the jawbreaker I shoplifted* when I was five

Okay, okay, it’s none of the above, although a. might well be true. I guess it’s just because I can. The Lord has placed me in circumstances that currently don’t demand extra income, he has inspired the creators of technology to produce programs that I can use to publish the music without the assistance of typesetters, and he has given me a gift that I did nothing to earn. Sharing seems logical.

*And yes, I really did shoplift a jawbreaker when I was five. I took it from its place among its fellows, and held it clutched tightly in my hot little fist, intending to beg my grandmother for a nickel with which to buy it. But it fit so comfortably in my hand and felt so nice that I soon forgot it was there. By the time we left the shop it was also comfortably sticky and mutilated, and I ate it with enthusiasm, only remembering afterward that I had not paid for it. I cried for hours, but was too afraid to tell anyone and atone for my terrible misdeed. Ah, the trials of childhood.

Is there a story behind that picture up top?

Okay, no, people really don’t ask that.

And no, no story. Just a dad joke.

When I was a kid, my dad used to repeat the old saying, “It’s hard to drain the swamp when you’re up to your ears in alligators.” (I think the word wasn’t actually “ears.” Whatever. He expected a laugh every time too. Dads.)

Hence the picture above. It’s a pretty good representation of what my e-mail inbox is like. Sometimes it chases me away from my computer and forces me to take refuge on top of large items of furniture. Sometimes I just fall asleep at the keyboard, and wake up with QWERTYUIOP imprinted on my forehead. So let me ask… plead… beg… one more time…  please read through this FAQ before sending questions?

(As you can see, the picture has been photoshopped… obviously… who puts their grand in a swamp with alligators? It also has a new hairdo shopped on to the old photo. That’s really my hair these days, but I didn’t want to re-take all the photos.)

Soooo…. what if your question isn’t answered here? If you’ve read the entries above, AND if your answer is not there, AND if the answer to your question would be of use to others, please post it below? That way everyone can benefit from your question. You need not include your name–if you’d rather be anonymous just make something up. If you’ve always wanted to be called “Cordelia,” now’s your chance. ? Posts will appear after approval, and may be edited. (Spammers, begone.)

If the answer to your question would not be of use to others, contact me by e-mail using the contact link at the bottom of the page.

Again, please, please, please read through the topics above before writing. I could easily spend all my song-writing time reading and responding to e-mail, which wouldn’t make me happy–and presumably wouldn’t make you happy either. Because of this, I won’t respond to questions that are already answered above. If you send a question and don’t get a response, you might want to read through the FAQ again. ?

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55 Comments

  1. Jessica

    I just wanted to drop a note to tell you how amazing you are at these arrangements!! I’ve been the choir pianist in almost every ward I’ve lived in, and I always love playing your arrangements the best. The piano builds with the music and the melody and piano are woven together so beautifully. I am so grateful for your talent and service!!! (And I would love to see more hymn arrangements for choir;) I can imagine wondering why write new arrangements of hymns that have been done so many times by others, but you truly bring such a unique and beautiful talent to each piece you arrange. I can’t say enough how much it blesses my life to play your music. Thank you! Thank you!

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  2. Melissa Schlegel

    Just wanted to say thank-you! Over the past eight years I’ve performed most of your piano solos and duets in church. I LOVE hearing your testimony of Christ in your music. Every time I perform a song I always get lots of compliments – so this is just passing some of the compliments on to you. Thank-you so much! Thank-you, thank-you!

    ME – melissa

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  3. Scott Thomas Adams

    Hi Sally,

    I first became aware of your music while playing the piano for the Stake Choir in Dublin, Ireland. I loved playing your arrangement of “Joy To The World” and have made it, along with “He Is Risen” at Easter, an annual event for choir and congregation.

    When my family and I moved to Houston, TX nearly 3 years ago, I once again proposed your arrangement of “Joy To The World” to be sung as the closing hymn. There is always such a wonderful, joyous response by all. The Gleannloch Farms Ward is blessed with several very musical young women and young men. They have enthusiastically participated in several numbers I have written and arranged for strings, harp, piano and organ. This past Christmas they expressed great interest in being able to play your arrangement of “Joy To The World” which I transcribed for them. We also did your arrangement of “He Is Risen” on Easter Sunday this year. I made sure not to change your arrangements, only enable the various string instruments to play your notes. I have posted video of rehearsal sessions on YouTube. Just go to my channel (Scott Thomas Adams) to view them.

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent.

    Scott Adams

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  4. Livvy

    Thank you a million times over for this labor of love. I have sung many of your compositions/ arrangements over the years and am so grateful for the spiritual enlightenment, bonding moments with my family, and doctrinal truths that have we have experienced as the result of your music. So appreciative!

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  5. Mindy

    Thank you for your music and for sharing it for free! I have been the choir pianist for almost 2 years and probably 80% of our songs are written by you. It is beautiful music! I love that I can just keep downloading new songs to play! Thank you again for sharing your talents with us!
    Mindy

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  6. D J Holt

    Dear Sister Deford,
    I just want to say “thank you”, “Thank you!” We have used your music when we served in the Philippines (4 different times). The members loved the music and we were/are so grateful that you offer it for free. We hope the Lord is blessing you abundantly for your great service. Delores

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  7. JustAnotherBee

    I just want to express my thanks for your talents. I love the song ‘If The Savior Stood Beside Me”. I also love your croc&piano picture and your Go give spirit. Thank you. I’m Just Another Bee. In some celestial world I’ll create the music I hear in my heart, but for now Just Thank you! JustAnotherBee

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  8. Rev. Melvin Ramoso

    Hi Sally DeFord i’m very grateful to the Lord for giving us a person like you, whose passion for music is indescribable. I’m the pastor for Liturgy & Music in UCCP Davao in the Philippines, you inspire me a lot through your music composition, especially “Because He Lives” and “He’s My All” were using it in our worship. Thank you for sharing your talent and music resources. God bless you. Shalom.

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  9. melissa

    I just wanted to say how much I love your site and all the free sheet music! It’s my go-to when I need a song for church to sing and I love all the arrangements! Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing such a wonderful resource that helps bless so many people! 🙂

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  10. Randy

    Thank you for access to your wonderful site. I have used a number of your compositions/arrangements in my church work and private piano teaching. While I am not in the LDS church, I do have a number of friends who ARE, and a few of my piano students are/were. I have studied music and rubbed elbows with musicians far greater than I, and I can honestly evaluate your work as stellar. Thank you so much.
    Randy McConnell
    Minister of Music and Organist
    Virginia

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  11. Nancy

    Hi Sally,

    Thank you sooo much for the free music, you are so special. I have used it in my ward. I don’t think your site is weird at all I love it because it feels like home. Also, I like your home studio.

    Thanks again,
    Nancy

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  12. Rex

    Sally —

    I absolutely love your music and this website. It put a smile on my
    face to read that your wrote a song for each of your children, starting
    with an amazing daughter Holly.

    We have 8 children, and the oldest is an amazing daughter named
    Holly (who now has 6 kids, all adopted from drug abuse homes).
    We have 25 grandkids in total, and will have 27 by next September
    if all goes well.

    Unlike you, I am a slow-slow-slow music composer, and wrote
    one hymn for all of my 8 children, and it took me almost 10
    years to finish it, because I composed it while riding the bus
    after work on a 45 minute commute. I wanted my children to
    have a song from their Dad about the importance of preparing
    for the Second Coming of Christ, and with work and family
    responsibilities and Church responsibilities, the only time
    I set aside to compose was on the bus ride home.

    When I hear your music, I can feel that love of a parent
    for your children, and that your love for your children was
    one of your powerful motivators. Bless you for your devotion,
    because your music is simply sublime!

    Now that I am retired, I’m discovering that there are some
    amazing software tools that I am not aware of, for the
    production of video and inspirational music.

    Would you mind sharing which software you use for
    your video editing? Everything is so sharp and crisp,
    and this tool is so wonderful that it shows your complete
    mastery of images, text, effects to tell the story of
    each particular song.

    I’ve looked at quite a few LDS and Protestant religious
    videos, and your art and craft in presenting already-
    inspiring music simply lifts the inspiration of your
    music and lyrics one level higher.

    You have a gift!

    You also have technical savvy, and it’s nice to
    see you consecrate your gifts into your sublime
    messages.

    Thank you for all the careful years you spent developing
    your gifts, and your willingness to share with others.

    Sally, you do not have a bigger fan that this Grandpa.

    Rex McBride

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  13. Angela Page

    No request, just much gratitude for sharing your talent and love with us!! We sang a number of your Christmas arrangements in Sacrament meeting today. I was so grateful for you!! For so freely sharing your music that helps us express our love for our Savior and our testimonies of Him.Today while the congregation and Choir was singing Oh Holy Night, I felt the Savior’s presence and approval and love as our voices were unitedly raised in supplication, worship and adoration. Your song, Write Thy Name upon my Heart has become our ward favorite. As I have practiced and performed that song, I have been strengthened in my desire to be more like our Savior and it has given me way to express that feelings of my heart. Thank you, Sally. I appreciate you so very much!!!

    Angela Page
    Kaysville, UT

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  14. Walter Jorgensen

    Hi Sally,

    I served as a missionary in the Germany Duesseldorf Mission with your husband. We served in Bonn together. In 1983, my friend Ken Weeks and I traveled to Albuquerque and we spent a couple of nights at your house and attended church there with you. We really appreciated the hospitality.

    Anyway, the reason I am writing pertains to your music. My daughter Lillie sings with the 7th Grade Choir at Sandridge Jr. High School in Roy, Utah. I attended their Christmas Concert last evening and one of the songs they performed in the concert was “Born is the Light of the World.” I was very pleased to see your name on the program and it was fun to share with my daughter that I had actually met the author of this song. The lyrics are truly beautiful, as is the message they convey.

    Please relay my best wishes to your husband. I’m sure he will remember the Bonn District made up of Bruder DeFord, Bruder Jorgensen, Bruder Weeks and Bruder Lindsey. I loved that group of Elders and I still have contact with them. Ken Weeks is a high school English, German and Drama school teacher living in Burley Idaho. Scott Lindsey is a Business Management Professor at Dixie State University in St. George. I work in the Incentives Department for Columbus Travel in Bountiful, Utah. I am married with 2 children. My wife, Angie is from London, England. We both married rather late in life. My children are 12 and 13.

    We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

    Please send my regards to Dennis and wish him a “Frohe Weihnacht” from Walter Jorgensen.

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  15. krystalkeys

    I just want to say you are amazing! Thanks for doing so much work for free! My Ward Christmas Program was saved by you!

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  16. David Foltz

    I just wanted to personally “THANK YOU” for all the beautiful music that you sent my way via YouTube. The music is so “inspiring”. When listening to your beautiful songs, I just want to give praise and worship to Our Lord! I look forward to your musical emails. Thanks again for giving me this opportunity to express my sincere “THANKS”.

    “Blessings in Christ”,

    David Foltz

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  17. Dora Bingham

    I just want to thank you for all the music that you allow us to use. I have used a lot of your music over the years and have recommended your site to others. At present I have a son serving in the Army in Kuwait. He has used your piano music to play for musical numbers in Sacrament Meeting. Thank you again for all that you do. It is greatly appreciated.

    Dora Bingham

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  18. Lirpa

    How do you list your music for an LDS Sunday Program? I’m wondering if lyricist, composer, arranged by, as well as performer and pianist all need to be included? I see it done differently all the time and for the life of me I can’t seem to find a standard answer. I’d appreciate your thoughts!

    Many thanks!

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    • Sally DeFord

      I see it done differently all the time too! My personal preference is that the program list the singer(s) and instrumentalists, and leave the composer/arranger/etc. off. It’s too much information, and people who are interested can always ask the performers. Just my .02 though. 🙂

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  19. Marla

    I was just singing/playing one of your songs this morning and was feeling such gratitude for your music I thought I should send you a quick “Thank you” note (no need to respond). Your music really speaks to me, not only is it beautiful but the messages are an extension of my own testimony. Thank you for sharing freely. I also appreciate your free download to transpose your music which allows me to put the music in a key that’s more comfortable for my voice. THANKS AGAIN FOR FREELY SHARING YOUR TALENT!!

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  20. Austin

    Hi Sally!
    My name is Austin Harris and I am a college freshman. I am a baritone singer and I plan on majoring in Music with a focus on Vocal Performance. I was looking for free solo sheet music and it is a pure blessing that I stumbled upon this website. Thank you for your beautiful arrangements of these songs. What better type of solo to sing than sacred! I plan on learning over fifty solos from this website, and I am sure that I will enjoy all of them! It would be nice to bless churches all around the area with songs like this. Thank you so much and God bless!

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  21. Kayla Bond

    Thanks Sally. I really appreciate that you share your music with the world. It is so beautiful. For Easter we are singing your arrangement of “I Stand All Amazed” – just one of many I have used.

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  22. Paul Heaton

    Hi Sally, I had downloaded a couple of your piano solos some time ago, and then they just got lost in my collection of music. We cleaned out everything today to arrange all my stuff (music) and I found your piano solos, so I went to the piano and tried them out. They are really beautiful arrangements. I went to your site today and downloaded a couple more. Will you be doing more piano solo arrangements in the future? I hope so.

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  23. Pita

    Hi Sally, I have found your site and your music very heart- touching. I have used 2 songs of yours in my worship service at Wattana church, Bangkok, Thailand and feel that I should at least let you know. The song ‘I have not seen yet I believe’ ( http://youtu.be/uot8xEqWqvU ) and ‘I know my father loves me’ ( http://youtu.be/-_broo4q0ME ) have been performed. People love them and keep on asking where did I found them.

    I am also planning to do the ‘For me alone’ on this coming Good Friday. I would let you know again if you are interested to hear my amateur versions.

    Thank you for composing such great songs. Love them all and yes, love you, too! Keep on the good work.

    God bless you!
    Pita

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  24. Heather

    Sally, I just want to say thank you for all you do. What a blessing to have such an amazing resource for LDS music for free. Your arrangements have brought the Spirit into our meetings countless times. Thank you for sharing your talent and allowing others to use it. May the Lord bless you!!!

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  25. Yvonne Allen

    Dear Sally,

    Pretend this is a thank you note on beautiful flowery stationary–maybe with a few blue birds among the flowers. Just want to thank you for your beautiful, inspiring music and your wonderful generosity in sharing it so freely. I’ve used it for piano students, in choirs and just for my own enjoyment. I think of you as a real person–but can’t imagine where you find the time to get all this writing done–so in that respect you are like a nymph–or maybe a good fairy–or maybe Mary Poppins–just a little magical.

    Thanks so much. No response needed. Just sending you love and gratitude. Yvonne Allen, Idaho

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  26. Shawn Orton

    Hi. I just want to take a moment to thank you for your music and your generosity. I just finished a lovely Christmas season of listening to choir music at church, and recognized several as your pieces. It is probable that there were others that I didn’t know were yours. Thank you for sharing your talents and love of music with the world.
    Shawn

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  27. Leah

    Sally, thank you so very, very much for sharing your beautiful music. I love it, and so does our choir here in New Zealand. Your music goes far and wide! We’ve just sung the Silent Night Christmas Cantata, and we’re now looking for music for Easter. Just love, love, love your music!! May you be abundantly blessed for sharing your blessed gift of music.

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  28. Dori B. Wilkerson

    Ms. DeFord; I must add my comments to those already listed. We sang 4 of your arrangements for our Christmas Program & I can’t get ANY of them out of my head! “Born to Wear A Crown”; “Born is the Light of the World”; “And His Name shall be called” & “still Still still”; I’d never heard the first 3 before, but they shall remain some of my favorites!
    4 Yrs prior to this, we sang your Arrangement of “Oh Holy Night” every Christmas Program; it’s just the best.
    Thank you for so generously & freely sharing your most wonderful talent!

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  29. Lana

    I just want to say , from my heart and through my tears, thank you , very much.

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  30. Rod Peeks

    Sally,

    Thanks so much for the beautiful music you share with us through your website.

    I sang “Would I Know My Savior?” at a carol sing at our church last Wednesday. It was so well received and the message is profound.

    A friend and I are singing “Guard Him, Joseph” as a TB duet on January 5th. I think our congregation will love it.

    May God richly bless you and your work!

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  31. Louisa

    I just wanted to send you a note of thanks. I’ve always thought you so kind to share your talent so freely with everyone. We have enjoyed your music in our family. My girls sang and my husband accompanied one of your arrangements today. it was beautiful. Thank you again for your amazing talent and kindness.

    God bless.
    Louisa

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  32. Gloverboy6

    Hello Sally, I just wanted to tell you we’re singing your arrangement of “Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire” at our Stake Conference Dec 17th and I love it!

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    • Gloverboy6

      Typo, it was today (NOVEMBER 17th not December), and everyone LOVED it! I could feel the Spirit so strong just singing it 🙂

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  33. Tony Larson

    Sister DeFord,
    Just FYI, I have posted a video of the Tucson West Stake choir performing your beautiful “Come Unto Christ” cantata. The video may be found by searching for “Tucson West Stake Choir” on YouTube or accessed directly at http://youtu.be/cJKjH_5B72Y
    Thanks,
    Tony

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  34. Christy Mann

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing your beautiful talent. I have been the choir director in more than one ward and have been singing your music for years! Many hearts have been touched, and many lives have been enriched because of the spirit your music brings. I watch the faces of my choir members and I can see when they are moved by the words and melodies they sing. Thank you thank you thank you!! Many blessings await you!
    Prayers,
    Christy Mann, Mesa AZ

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  35. Mike Hardy

    Sister DeFord,

    I don’t expect you remember us, but Cozette and I were privileged to live in your ward with our four children in 1999 – 2000. I had no idea at the time what a wonderful musician you were (and are.)

    Since that time I have enjoyed your music while participating in choir numbers of your authorship, and while playing the piano in Primary, my favorite church calling of all.

    As our current Primary pianist, I am enjoying again “If The Savior Stood Beside Me” and found myself with tears in my eyes – yet again – as the children practiced this song this morning. Its melody and touching lyrics are truly inspired.

    Thank you,

    Mike Hardy
    Salt Lake City

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    • Sally DeFord

      Thanks Mike! Yeah, Primary pianist is the best. 🙂 You’re welcome to move back here any old time! 🙂

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  36. Lorraine Wallace

    Sally,

    I direct a large multistake singles choir in Utah County. I just want to thank you for the wonderful gift you are giving to all of us — singers and audience. Your music is so beautiful! I have used many of your pieces over the five years I have directed this choir, and I can’t imagine a greater gift you can givet o the music world than to not only write such beautiful music but to be sp willing to share with everyone. You have blessed many lives! I pray that you are being blessed also.

    Thank you so much!
    Lorraine Wallace
    Provo, UT

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  37. Bryan Adams

    It’s kind of funny, but I always get a little anxious when my choir director tells me that she has new music for me to learn. (I play the piano for the choir.) When I get the music and see your name at the top I instantly relax, because I can honestly say that I’ve loved every piece of yours that we’ve performed.

    Right now I find myself practicing three of your songs, two for choir, and one for Primary.

    Just thought I’d drop you a line and say how much I appreciate your talent! And your humor!! Also, I wonder how you make money off of this. I know it’s none of my business, but it seems that someone should be paying for your work. I know you make some $$ on CDs, but you should be rich, says this guy. I’d hope that some benefactor was involved.

    Regardless, thanks again.

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    • Sally DeFord

      Thanks Bryan. That’s so kind of you! No worries… there is definitely a Benefactor involved in the business. 😉

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  38. Joshua

    Hi

    I haven’t looked at your site for a while, but just noticed a singer Jacosa Limutau, her voice is amazing! She actually made me listen to the song It was for me and made me search the site and i found I glory in my Jesus (don’t usually listen to the vocal recordings because i’m not a fan of too much vibrato), something about her voice made me drift away into a sacred, happy place. As she tells the story of the song through her sincere vocals, it makes me want to listen to more and more. As a musician I am very picky with my singers and Jacosa Limutau is truly gifted. Requesting if she could please record more of your songs or other singers with a similar tone as her. Thank you for sharing your musical talent with the world. Someday I hope to release a website with my own compositions besides just performing them at firesides.

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    • Sally DeFord

      Jacosa is amazing, isn’t she? She’ll definitely be doing more if I have my way! 🙂

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  39. donna gothe

    love what and how you share, your insight, heart and soul that is a life influence in all you do- thank you for the diference you make

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  40. Jane

    Hi Sally,

    I just want to thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music. I am a soloist in a Christian Science church and have enjoyed singing several of your pieces.

    Blessings,

    Jane

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  41. Ingrid

    Dear Sally,

    I can’t pass up this chance to express how grateful I am to you for putting up all these wonderful songs. This site makes practicing a new song so much easier – the music sheets, the vocals along with its accompaniment, absolutely glorious!

    I sing in our church choir and there are times I’m made to sing solo and when that happens, the dilemma of choosing a song comes in. We’ve been singing the same old songs for many years now in my church (not that I’m complaining… they are beautiful), but I think it’s nice to sing new ones for a change… and this one right here comes to the rescue.

    I, along with many of my church-mates, use your songs for, frankly, they fit our church’s standard of music, by that I mean no drum parts and other percussion instruments for having those will make us cross over to another genre. We believe church music sets the mood for worship, stilling and calming the soul in preparation to commune with Him… and your songs do just that 🙂

    Thank you so much, and I can never say thank you enough for being so selfless, so generous in sharing all these wonderful pieces. You’re an angel.

    And by the way, your blogs are very entertaining. Keep them coming!

    Your admirer from the Philippines,
    Ingrid

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  42. Sheri Wille

    Hi Sally,

    Hope the fires haven’t gotten too close. I was just made the Stake Relief Society Secretary. We are trying to plan a Stake Relief Society Event for a Saturday in February 2014. I know it is far fetched, but do you ever keynote events like that for some place as far as Orem. I don’t know what our budget could cover as far as travel expenses, etc. This is only in my dreams and I haven’t mentioned it to anyone. Do you have any plans to be in the area sometime that we could snag you for something like that? Thanks, Sheri Wille

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    • Sally DeFord

      Not too close… this year! 😉 I’ll e-mail you about the RS event.

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  43. Julie Craig

    Dear Sally,
    Thank you so much for making your beautiful music available to everyone. You are a true artist! (Definition: unpaid and generous!) Our family will be singing “I Come to Him” on Father’s day Sunday when we gather to celebrate the 80th birthday of our family patriarch.

    Kind Regards,
    Julie Craig

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  44. Stephanie Walker

    I was browsing your site a while ago (before these gorgeous changes) and found a song about the necessity of telling those you love that you DO love them. You had a little description of why you had written that song. It was about your teenage daughter and the two totally opposite ways the two of you viewed the same incident. I would love to point my son and daughter-in-law to be able to read that also, as they are struggling with a teenage daughter. Can you point me to where this might be?

    Thanks,
    Stephanie Walker

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    • Sally DeFord

      Stephanie, the song you’re after is called “Once Too Often,” and it’s found here: https://www.defordmusic.com/sheet-music/alphabetical-list/once-too-often/ 🙂

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  45. V. Aisen

    Dear Ms. DeFord —
    Thank you for such beautiful music describing the power of Christ’s atonement! You were truly inspired! Thanks Again. V. Aisen

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  46. Alessandro Maschio

    Just a short comment from Italy.
    I already have some of your pieces in the repertoir of my choir, but I decided to perform the cantata “In Him We Live” in its full score, because I think in Italy nobody did it in the past.
    My choir told me “Maestro, you are crazy, but we’ll follow you!!!”
    I’ll write you again to let you know how things are going.
    Hi.
    Alessandro Maschio

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  47. Tom Burnett

    Just a note from an appreciative family choir. Thank you!

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    • Sally DeFord

      Family choirs are the best!

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