♫ Random musical notes from yours truly. ♫
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“Holy Places” and “The Shepherd and the Lamb”
May 21, 2019
Once upon a time, back in February, when it was still cold and wintry and blustery…
In Which “Rock of Ages” Gets the 4/4 Treatment
May 3, 2019
Maybe that should read “…gets the 4/4 treatment one-and-a-half-handed.
New Hymnbook / Children’s Songbook update
Apr 15, 2019
Some updates on the new Hymnbook/Children’s Songbook project of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
0? Maybe you can help me out here…
Apr 14, 2019
Really? 0 plays in two days? (Heh… that’s not a new lyric.)
Dream of the Giant Turtle
Mar 7, 2019
I am very thankful for hands. Turtles? Not so much.
Come, Follow Me – A Primary Accompaniment
Jan 2, 2019
Sometimes I actually do get around to requests. )
Before you’re done Christmas-ing: Polish sign language anyone?
Dec 27, 2018
How cool is this? “When the Son of God Was Born” by two beautiful choirs–one singing and one signing.
Let’s Talk Page Turns
Dec 11, 2018
The first law of typesetting seems to be, “Thou shalt ALWAYS put page turns in the WORST POSSIBLE PLACES.” Here’s the page-turn solution I use.
Feliz Navidad: ¿Vendrás al Pesebre?
Nov 27, 2018
A Spanish tranlation of “of “Will You Come to the Manger?” with a lovely recording.
Christmas Card Carol 2018: Will You Come to the Manger?
Nov 18, 2018
My Christmas Card Carol for 2018 is called “Will You Come to the Manger?” It’s set for solo voice, and for duet.
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Hey Sally, Wierd Alma here (of “Thou Art A Babe” fame). I was looking at music for duet Christmas pieces and found “A Holy Child Is Born” and liked that it had optional harmony. When I printed it I saw that it was Alto harmony and so I am trying to throw in some Tenor and Baritone lines for the last two sections. I am hoping it doesn’t end up a train wreck, but I have people who can help me there. I am not totally familiar with all your work, but I wonder if you took some of your existing music and reworked it for men’s voices it would be fun and perhaps give you a new insight into the music and the words.
I have some re-worked Primary song lyrics to share if you’re in the mood for some silliness. Drop me a line if you would like.
Thank you for your willingness to share your amazing talents with the world. I have had many music callings and have used many of your selections. Recently, as the Primary music leader we learned “I Will Walk With Jesus.” Absolutely love this piece of music and would love to have an arrangement for SATB choir. I am sure you get many many suggestions, but wondering if this is something you would consider.
Heh… I might if I had written it!
Good morning! Our modest little ward choir is working on “A Manger Filled With Love”. Once again, I’m stunned and amazed at your skills. Poetry/lyrics that could make Shakespeare green with envy, and yet another very creative and gorgeous piece of music.
You are the G.O.A.T. You are obviously a very smart cookie, but I’d be willing to bet that you might under estimate the impact
you have on the members of the church and spiritual conditions of many many people all over the world. If there’s a celestial choir in the next life which you are directing…..I’d like to reserve a seat in the alto section please.
Thank you so much for your talent! I found a soundtrack on YouTube Be Thou My Vision for high voice posted by you and I love the track. I was wondering if you have it in a wav format I would really appreciate it.
Hi Sally…I met you a few days ago at your home in Colorado Springs if you recall.. and I was so excited to meet you! I love your music and am contemplating a choir hymn arrangement of yours … Abide With Me… for my ward choir.. what a great gift you have and you share it so willingly! I hope all is well with you and your daughter.
I’d like to request a piano organ Duet for Christmas 2022. I would love it if it would be hymn based, or based on a primary song.
HI Sally, early this morning, as my husband and I are fighting covid, I reflected on the song arrangement you did of Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella. I have so enjoyed playing this arrangement. It brings me joy. I just played it yesterday as we are quarantining. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent.
Can’t get PEACE, PEACE BE STILL out of my head. So powerful! Thank you Sally!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Unfortunately, no. It’s a proprietary format and nothing else I’ve found will read it. 🙁
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the world. I love “Peace, Peace, Peace” because it helps me to feel peace.
I am trying to find sheet music and music of When He Calls by Hugh Howard.
Thank you for helping me through the years.
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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.
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 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
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?
Thank you for the beautiful cello arrangement. I am enjoying playing them. I hope there will be more.
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!
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!!
Hi, I am looking for a flute solo for sacrament meeting. What would be a good flute piece? Thanks in advance!
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.
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.
Awww… thank you! **blushes** Any chance you want to come be my next door neighbor? 😉