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Friday Favorites #2

“O Tidings of Comfort and Joy,” a medley of the traditional French carol “Sing We Now of Christmas” and the traditional English carol “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” arranged by Betsy Lee Bailey. This one is great fun!

Friday Favorites #1

A lovely Thanksgiving hymn: “Give Me a Grateful Heart” by Joseph M. Martin and Susan Bentall Boersma.

Lyric’s Lyrics, and Lyric’s Melody

Lyric’s Lyrics, and Lyric’s Melody

Stars… lilies… sparrows… sheep… God is mindful of all of them, knows them by name, cares for each one–from the largest and brightest to the very smallest.

Mmmmmm….. beautiful!

“Come Unto Jesus,” arranged by my dear friend Katherine Wright, is perfect for your ward choir.

A Place in His Arms

A Place in His Arms

Jesus took the little children in His arms and blessed them… one by one… individually… giving me the assurance that there’s also a place in His arms for me.

Bless This Land

Bless This Land

Happy birthday America. Barbecue in the backyard, eat watermelon, watch fireworks, and teach your kids peace.

The Lowly Ward Choir

First and foremost, a ward choir should be about bringing participants closer to Jesus Christ.

Telling My Own Story

I am grateful that my Heavenly Father has provided me the means to contribute in some small way to His great work.

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    We love your music! It is accessible and inspiring. I love my daughters to build their testimonies by singing your music and feeling the Spirit. Thanks for the sharing of your talents.

  2. Carma Huggard

    Thank you!

  3. Almer

    May I use your music in my YouTube channel especially those that I had collected years ago? I will acknowledge your ownership and put all the links of your sites. Thank you so much and God bless.

    • Sally DeFord

      Of course!

  4. Mark Varnado

    Hi Sally. I just played your arrangement of “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” at Kessler Park UMC in Dallas. Thank you so much for the nuances this version provided…your attention to melody was stellar; even transferring to the base line. Everyone loved it!

  5. Dolores Huff

    I am looking for a way to have the congregation sing, because no choir this year. Do you have suggestions for a way to tie it together? I just want the saints to sing the hymn christmas carols. Do you have some ideas? I love your music, but no way to use it this year.

  6. Lloyd S

    Ms. DeFord:
    Have you come across any other music transcription program that will open a .pc file?
    The computer on which I was running the full version of Personal Composer, died and unceremonious death. I had my .pc files backed up but the old PC program won’t run on my Win 10 computer.

    Yes I can open the files in the demo of PC but I’d like to move them all to something like MuseScore for further work and export.

    • Sally DeFord

      Unfortunately, no. It’s a proprietary format and nothing else I’ve found will read it. 🙁

  7. Shannon Starks

    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the world. I love “Peace, Peace, Peace” because it helps me to feel peace.

  8. John Vines

    I am trying to find sheet music and music of When He Calls by Hugh Howard.
    Thank you for helping me through the years.
    John Vines
    Australia Queensland Gold Coast
    Email: nephi7@iprimus.com.au


    Dear Sally,
    Today three of us (soloist, piano and violin) performed “A Place in His Arms” in two Glendors, CA wards. The words, piano accompaniment and violin obligato are BEAUTIFUL together!! Thank you for sharing your amazing gift. It was a blessing in my life today and brought the spirit into both meetings as I could see tears in many eyes. I lost my husband of almost 50 years last December, and the words spoke comfort to my heart today. Over the years I have accompanied your music in stake and ward choirs and many special numbers. I continue to be amazed at your special talent to write such beautiful messages set to tender, intricate harmonies and melodies. There is truly a place prepared for you in heaven.

  10. Roxanne M Sypher

    I am wanting our choir to perform/sing, “Feast on the words of the Lord”. Do you have a voice recording or instrumental of this song?
    Thank you!

  11. Beverly McMahon


    Thank you for your music. I don’t know what I would do without it. We are singing Promised Savior, Promised King for our Christmas program, and I was wondering if you have a background story as to how you wrote this song – what inspired you to write it. Thanks again from Cleveland, Ohio

  12. Dr. Joan B. Heels

    I downloaded your new “Come to the Manger”, and one of my pupils has already tried it out. But we’d love it in the Key of F Major. Can I get that?

  13. menny

    Thank you for the beautiful cello arrangement. I am enjoying playing them. I hope there will be more.

  14. Zoe

    Dear Sally,

    I can’t thank you enough for sharing your wonderful music with others. I’ve been using your gorgeous arrangements for my little church groups for years. This year, we have a brand new little orchestra, mostly strings and woodwinds, very small…Do you have any christmas arrangments available for download? Silent Night is my personal favorite, but any other well known hymn would do. Thank you, again, for sharing your amazing talent with us! SDG!

  15. Kathy

    Dear Sally….Thank you! Thank You! for so many wonderful, amazing years of uplifting, fulfilling, spiritual, ….(on and on) music that has touched my heart over and over again. May you continue to be blessed and inspired in everything you do! I don’t know you personally….but I sure do love you!!

  16. Trisha

    Hi, I am looking for a flute solo for sacrament meeting. What would be a good flute piece? Thanks in advance!


  17. Corinne

    Dear Sally,
    I’ve been using and enjoying your music for choirs, church events, family and personal fun since. . . well, a very long time ago (before pretty websites were a thing). Today, I discovered your blog–what a delight! Thank you for sharing your music (at a price that fits every budget) and your spunky self here.

  18. Dena

    Sally Deford: THANK YOU! I hope you know that you are the go-to girl for everyone. Your talents are top notch, your arrangements are superb, you make us piano players stretch, but not too badly. THANK YOU for your time & efforts and especially for the way you share it all freely on your site. It makes your music attainable to us all. Love from Gilbert, Arizona.

    • Sally DeFord

      Awww… thank you! **blushes** Any chance you want to come be my next door neighbor? 😉


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