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My Heart Sings: A project finished, and a new children’s song

Sep 21, 2018

In today’s post:

(cue dramatic music…)

 

  • A new children’s song.
  • An album finished.
  • A fun video.
  • And a Happy Dance.

Maybe the happy dance should be first. 🙂

It took forever, but the collection of children’s songs for my kids and grandkids is finally done. Here’s a playlist you can listen to while you peruse this post.

The new song is called “He Loves His Little Ones.”  Many songs don’t really have much of a back story. This one does. Rather than extend an already-long post, you can read about it on the song page

The last song to be written became the first song on the album when I realized that its message was basic to everything that followed: there is a God in heaven who loves His children.  

The last half of the album is Christmas music. That’s because some of the songs I wrote for the kids are… drumroll… Christmas songs. 🙂

I usually prefer digital files to physical CDs, but in this case I wanted something tangible to give to the kids.

See that beeeeautiful CD cover? The art is by my friend, Natasha Nashadka. Visit her site to see more of her lovely work.

Natasha left space on the inside front cover for personalized notes. Which is very cool. 

If you would like copies of the physical CD, you can get them here. There’s also an Accompaniment Tracks album. (All available CDs are found here.) 

MP3s can be downloaded free on the individual song pages. They’re also available (in higher quality files) through Amazon and iTunes.

 

All vocals are by the lovely and talented Allyse Smith Taylor. Yes, I bless the day Allyse walked through my front door about a decade ago. A beautiful voice and a beautiful-er person.

She’s joined by these amazing musicians: Mara Riley (flute); Jana Hanni (violin — except track 11, which features April Moriarty); Ramona McConkie (cello); and Kevin Cookson (guitar).

There are 16 songs in the collection. Here’s a list:

Tracklist with information and page links
  • All of these have new arrangements for elementary piano with intermediate accompaniment.
  • Other new voicings are listed for each track as applicable. (Older voicings exist for some selections–see the song pages.)

He Loves His Little Ones (New: Solo w/violin obbligato; and Simplified Solo) 
I Know My Father Loves Me For Lyric
Close as a Quiet Prayer For Killian
An Angel to Watch Over Me – (New: Simplified Solo)
If I Listen With My Heart (New: Solo w/violin obbligato; and Duet or Two-Part Choir)  For Amy
If the Savior Stood Beside Me For Holly
A Place in His Arms (New: Solo w/violin obbligato)
With All My Heart For Malachi
If I Planted a Garden (New: Solo w/flute obbligato)  For Daniel
He Sent His Son (New: Solo w/violin obbligato; and Easy SATB)
The Most Beautiful Story
Away in a Manger
If I Had Been in Bethlehem  (New: Solo w/flute obbligato; and Easy SATB)  For Jennifer Robin
The Angels Came to Sing
Baby in a Manger (New: SSA with guitar accompaniment)  For Damien
When Hope Was Born (New: Solo w/violin obbligato)

A solo arrangement of “He Sent His Son” is included, as well as an easy SATB version and an elementary piano setting. A big “Thank You!” to Michael Moody for allowing me to include his lovely composition!

In the odds and ends category, each of the songs has an elementary piano arrangement with optional accompaniment. I’m doing a printed songbook for the grandchildren (the formatting is mind-numbingly tedious… it will get done eventually) and I’ll make it available here.

Also in the odds and ends category, here’s a video that I hope the kids will enjoy:

So there you have it.  A family history project–a gift to my kids and their kids, and to you and your kids as well.

And… it’s done.  Here’s the promised happy dance. 

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