Welcome to my site! Grab a chair, have a seat and browse a bit! Hopefully, you'll find something you like and can enjoy for many years to come!
Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a small-town girl from the Midwest who grew up with very traditional values. I can't say I've always adhered strictly to them over the years, but I work at it. One thing I've learned is I'll have to wait until I get to heaven to be perfect! Bummer, isn't it? :-)
I've been married for more than 20 years to a wonderful man who has the most precious heart and we are currently nurturing our two teenaged sons. I love horses, though I haven't ridden steadily in years. I am also an avid reader and have enjoyed such works as "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver and "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, but The Holy Bible still stands at the top of my reading list.
I wrote and played my first song in Bosa Nova at age 7 (I originally wrote age 8, but my mother and sister corrected me to age 7 based on the year the photo in the gallery was taken. In that photo, I was in the middle of singing and playing this Bosa Nova song when my mother and older siblings ran out to take a picture of me because I had never played the piano before that point. There they all stood with gawking mouths and exclamations. I had initially started off singing and playing very quietly and got louder as I was feeling more confident. Then the adults ran into the room which shocked me. You can see I am shrinking back in the piano photo because I thought I was about to get in trouble for touching the piano and being so loud.). Anyway, it was also around that age that my mother and I discovered I had a very keen ear for close harmony (which was how I was able to figure out the chords for my little composition)! From that tender age forward, I would be hard-pressed to have to recall a time when I was not involved with a praise and worship team in some way, shape or form.
Somewhere between ages 8 and 9, Mom (then Minister of Music) began letting me teach voice parts to a few of our church's young vocal groups. Eventually, I was allowed to work with our then Youth and Young Adult Choir, but very sparingly. Holding back the reigns on my teaching ability served to keep me from developing an overinflated ego about my gifts and taught me respect for those in authority as well as for those that had seniority. But I would not realize that until later in life. :-)
I love people and have gained an enjoyment for the little things in life that others may tend to take for granted or overlook entirely. There's nearly no style of music I don't enjoy. While the style of music may draw me to a song, it is the lyrics that keep me tied to it.
While still fairly young, I learned to play several other instruments by ear, sort of becoming a sponge for the techniques of each. It was great fun to suddenly realize each instrument had recognizable patterns that I could play in various rhythms, not to mention I now had an outlet for the music in my heart. Still, I mostly sang, even more so once an older brother taught me to use 2 tape recorders, record my voice, then harmonize with myself and repeat until I had a background track of a'cappela close harmony to adlib over! That became my favorite thing to do as a child! Still, I have to say the bulk of my awakening has come as an adult.
The turning point in my music came when I realized every part of my life is worshiping God! Everything from the way I love and care for my husband, to the way I decorate my home, to the way I correct my thoughts after someone has wronged me. I have finally reached the point in my life where I can no longer separate the thought "God, is that what you like?" from anything I do. What a revelation! It is the wonder of worship that changed the heart of an abused, neglected, hurt, angry, bitter, selfish child into a woman, full of love, warmth, compassion and insight.
Since that first song, I have written numerous choruses and songs, but am just now publishing my work. You will find on my site mostly short choruses that can be used as segues between songs. It used to befuddle me that what mostly came to me to write were choruses, until I began to understand their purpose. A chorus is the main, enduring idea of a song that a composer wants to stay burned into the consciousness of the listener indefinitely, and for most people, that is exactly what happens! Long after they've forgotten the verses to a song, the chorus seems to engrave itself into both the conscious and subconscious mind for what seems like an eternity!
Again, welcome to my site! Please, enjoy and I hope you will begin to use these songs and choruses to spur you to make melody in your heart to God that can never be silenced!
**Take note that because I am an alto, the majority of my pieces feature alto as having the melody.**
**Also, the sound samples are rough around the edges on purpose to hopefully dissuade audio pirates. In some cases, The sheet music program is playing piano in my place, giving some songs a very starchy, stiff feeling. Live piano is always better! Look for better audio in the future via iTunes!**