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March 1, 2017

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

--New Colossus, Emma Lazarus

Day 28 - We made it!

If you've actually...

February 28, 2017

For 10 years, I was a proud "crazy chinchilla lady." :)

Today's piece is the final installment of "The Hue Zoo" violin duet series, and it is dedicated to my best furry pal from 2005 - 2015:  Fossedini Heraldo McDuff.

Fun fact:  Chinchillas love raisins, and the unwritte...

February 27, 2017

I think I speak for pretty much all displaced Nebraskans when I say that the Lady Gaga song "You and I" holds a special place in our heart.  

When I saw this title on SMP Press's "Arrange Me" list, I knew right away I wanted to create a piano arrangement, but when I sta...

February 26, 2017

This Easy Piano Arrangement comes at the request of one of my piano students, Luke. Looking at the list of possible "Arrange Me" titles, Luke picked some of his favorites that he wanted me to arrange, and "Stand By Me" was on that list.

I had a lot of fun listening to t...

February 25, 2017

Today's piece was originally a part of 2014's Song A Day February.  You can listen to it in its original form below:

Since then, this piece has had a few incarnations.  It's been performed by the Neligh Oakdale High School Choir, as well as at the Project 21 Alumni conc...

February 24, 2017

Today's piece is one of my favorite collaborations, because it was a collaboration with my entire Facebook friends list!

Titled "Facebook Fugue #1: What Scares You?" this piece is a 3-part

(SAB) vocal fugue (with optional organ or keyboard/cello accompaniment).  It prem...

February 23, 2017

Today's song is another violin duet in the "Hue Zoo" series:  "The Blue Lady Bug."

When learning violin, one of the big concepts new students have to learn is the difference between "high 2" and "low 2" (referring to where on the fingerboard you place your middle finger...

February 22, 2017

Full disclosure:  I created today's arrangement to try and win a contest.  :)

On the Sheet Music Plus website, the top-selling SMP Press song is almost always a piano solo version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."  So, when SMP Press announced a contest for sac...

February 21, 2017

For today's post, I am sharing one of my favorite guilty pleasure songs:  
"Vixen," (originally from Fat Girlfriend, the Musical)

In the show, the song is part of a "Dirty Christmas Karaoke" scene, so it works just as well out of context as a stand-alone Christmas Cabar...

February 20, 2017

Fun fact: today's song a day was inspired by my husband's alarm song:  "Send Me On My Way" by Rusted Root.  I had this song in my head, and kept hearing "Be Thou My Vision" over it.  The result is a vocal duet/body percussion version of one of my favorite hymns.


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