New Music: “Night of Nights,” and a new congregational accompaniment
Here’s an early (or late, depending on your point of view) Christmas present 3 for 2022: this year’s Christmas carol, called “Night of Nights.” It’s available in two keys–a higher voice solo, and a solo one step lower. The higher solo is accompanied by viola; the lower solo is accompanied by violin.
Here’s a recording with both vocals and viola by Rebecca Lord:
Isn’t she awesome? And to make it even better, she’s a truly lovely person and has become a dear friend. That’s one of the best blessings of this little music hobby of mine–I get to know wonderful people.
In other news, I’ve finally done a congregational accompaniment for “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” Necessity seems to be the driver for these–we needed it for our Christmas program so it happened. Because it has to adhere strictly to the written harmonies in the hymn, it’s not overly imaginative. (It was, in fact, a sore trial for my poor husband who had to listen to me whine about the wild flights of harmonic fancy I had to forego.)
It’s written as a four-hand piano duet, and it’s meant to be played along with the hymn found in the 1985 LDS Hymnbook. (You can download the hymn here.) It *is* a bit harder than it looks since the hymn is in 6/8 and moves along at a pretty fast clip. There’s no recording for this one. (Nor have I actually heard it yet. I may be back to obliterate every trace of its existence, depending on how it goes.)
Happy Christmas, everyone!
I hope your season is merry and bright, and perhaps white as well like today is at my house. (Okay, just white for you northerners. I know some of you will be BBQing and relaxing in the sun.)
Most of all, I hope it’s filled with love for the Baby laid in a manger, the One who makes every day a day of hope and rejoicing.
TOTALLY LOVE YOUR MUSIC! I used your hymn congregational number and received many compliments. Always, always, I will look for more hymn congregational acc. Love to play your music Thank you for sharing your amazing talents with us.
Thank you doesn’t seem like enough. Your song is so beautiful this year. We have a stake young men and women’s choir doing Child in a Manger this year. They love it and so do I. Thank you. I am also going to use your new congregational accompaniment maybe as a piano organ duet. Hope we meet personally someday. I am 84 years old and still going strong with piano lessons, playing for groups, and playing for Sacrament meeting. May you be blessed richly for all you do.
Positively beautiful — music, words, musicians — it all comes together perfectly. Many thanks. I had goose bumps listening to it. I will certainly be tuning in often. Merry Christmas.
(I live outside Vancouver, B.C. Canada and we had our first snowfall last night — a bit earlier than usual)
I’m grateful and in awe of your generous kindness in sharing your composing talents with so many. As choir director and as an accomplished pianist, I am never disappointed by your beautiful arrangements. Thank you for sharing!
You are blessing us in Salmon, Idaho this Christmas as our ward will be singing 4 of your Christmas hymn/piano/organ/flute arrangements!
We are so excited for Christmas Day especially as it falls on a Sunday this year!
Thank you for freely sharing your beautiful talents!!!
With much love,
Beautiful voice and the song as well.
WONDERFUL, and wouldn’t expect anything but wonderful. Having done an entire Sally album just before Covid, I long to do another soon..so much has happened since. But for God’s Grace, I’m still here to persue my littke Ministry of Song, that I unknowingly began over forty years ago.
You are truly blessed with the gift of music. I love this song. I am a singer and I love the melody and fell in love with this song immediately. Thanks for your generosity in sharing your talent.
This arrangement is incredible. It is a beautiful new tune with incredible words. I’m the leader of a men’s ensemble. Do you ever transcribe to ttbb?
Thanks for your thoughtfulness and willingness to share your music. They are wonderful and so fun to play.
Dearest friend Sally! You never disappoint in your offerings. I will always be grateful for your friendship! The spiritual uplift from your music has always been a gift much needed in my life, and the lives of those I share it with. Thank you for sharing my dear!
Would love to be more in touch <3
I have enjoyed your music for many years! In fact this past Sunday I sang “My Grateful Spirit Sings” in sacrament meeting. Thank you for sharing your magnificent talent!
beautiful as always
Oh goodness I wish I were still there and participating in the ward Christmas music!! Love and miss you dearly. You are a remarkable force for good in the world, and always hold a dear place in my heart. Merry Christmas Sally. ❤️❤️ Thank you for the gifts you give every year.
Beautiful song, beautifully sung and played. Thank you for sharing!!!!
A voice from the past. Brad Wright here. The lexicon of your music has grown incredibly! The music is spectacular! I’m in WV now and we’re doing two of your pieces for our ward Christmas program. Thanks for sharing the incredible gifts you have with us! Say hi to Dennis!
Truly beautiful and uplifting. I love the melody and the precious lyrics. I am deeply touched. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Sally for the beautiful music.
Thank you so much.
I love your music. However, I play guitar and would love to have it in a lead sheet form with chords. Do you ever create your music in this form? It surely is beautiful!
Beautiful Sally!!! Thank you for sharing with us. Please tell Rebecca her vocals AND viola are stunning. Now, if you tell us she recorded them at the same time, well…..; ).
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
This is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing!