MY MUSIC WAS FREE
For several years, I have given my music away for free. That's right - not one cent. I have been met with resistance from the "pay folks" and have been the indirect subject of how free music isn't really appreciated yadda yadda. As I have and will continue to maintain my music is my way of paying it forward. Because the Lord has blessed me with the talents and I really have no desire to make any money from my music, I have wrestled with how I can feel better about what I do and dismiss the critics. And let me say, I have no problems with those who do sell their music - just their communication on why they think that pay music is superior to free music.
So, effective immediately my music will have a cost. The format is quite simple:
If you use my music in any performance, I would request you make a donation to either the general missionary or humanitarian fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don't care if you contribute $5.00 or $.05. It's just a way to further the work of the Lord by you paying it forward. Think of the good you can do for a struggling missionary or refugee seeking refuge and safety. The scripture, "...if ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me" comes very clearly into my head.
I don't need or want to know of your contribution - that is up to you. My website will be updated with this information. I hope you find favor with this new method and pray the Lords choicest blessings on you as you reach out to His children.
* That you can copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially as long as you give appropriate credit and provide a link to this website (ldshappymusic.com).* You may not remix, re-engineer or otherwise alter the music or words without permission from the author(s).* My originals are NOT sactioned/approved by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Permission from your Priesthood leader prior to rehearsing/performing is recommended.* No warranties are given or implied. The work shall remain the property of LDS Happy Music.
* And lastly, please enjoy the music. Comments are encouraged. :)
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
PDF - Come and Sing With Me
This tune has been in my brain and on the computer for several years. I knew it was a Primary Song, but didn't know it was going to be a WIGGLE song (for those who don't know) this a type of song with actions to help the children "let loose" with some actions (dancing, jumping, etc.) before they settle down for Primary Singing and Sharing Time. I had some of the basics, but needed some help. Enter Dixie Henrie! She helped me develop this into a fun song. I hope you like it.
1. We are singing, merrily singing, we are singing, come and sing with me.
We can sing this happy song, loud and strong, all day long.
We can sing both high and low, fast or slow.
We are singing, merrily singing, we are singing, come and sing with me.
2. We are dancing, happily dancing, we are dancing, come and dance with me.
We can dance and spin around, raise our arms up then down.
We can sway from side to side, let our arms glide.
We are dancing, happily dancing, we are dancing, come and dance with me.
3. We are jumping, joyfully jumping, we are jumping, come and jump with me.
We can jump on just one foot, jump in place, staying put.
Switching feet we jump some more, one, two, three, four!
We are jumping, joyfully jumping, we are jumping, come and jump with me.
4. We are rev'rent, quietly rev'rent, we are rev'rent, rev'rent as can be.
Now our wiggling is complete, fold our arms, take our seat.
We will be as quiet as quiet can be.
We are rev'rent, quietly rev'rent, we are rev'rent, rev'rent as can be.
Monday, August 8, 2016
PDF - The Fourth Article of Faith
I was asked to write a new tune for The Fourth Article of Faith. They did not care for the one that is in the Children's Songbook (no offense to the composer). So here is my attempt at it.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
PDF - I am Jesus' Little Lamb
I was looking through some lyrics for something completely different when this almost jumped off the page at me and almost instantaneously this tune came to my mind. I am grateful that I was able to capture it so very quickly. It is a sweet hymn that a choir could do marvelous things with. I hope you do enjoy it.
1. I am Jesus' little lamb, ever glad at heart I am;
for my Shepherd gently guides me, knows my need, and well provides me,
loves me ev'ry day the same, even calls me by my name.
2. Day by day, at home, away, Jesus is my Staff and Stay.
When I hunger, Jesus feeds me, into pleasant pastures leads me;
When I thirst, He bids me go where the quiet waters flow.
3. Who so happy as I am, even now the Shepherd's lamb?
And when my short life is ended, by His angel host attended,
He shall fold me to His breast, there within His arms to rest.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
PDF - Der Herr wird kommen
I spent 3 glorious weeks in Europe on tour with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The majority of those weeks were spent in Germany. As I was walking the streets, visiting the Marienplatz, visiting castles and other sites and singing in concert halls and arenas, this tune came to mind. So, I enlisted the help from my MoTab brother, Michael Young - who is also fluent in German to come up with suitable lyrics. It is meant to be sung in German, but the translation below tells you what it basically says. I hope you enjoy!
The Lord Will Come 1. The Lord will come, this I know And now I have the holy responsibility To be ready when he appears When we’ll finally be unified with him. Chorus I am doing what I can I am a part of his great plan The Lord will come to see me Now I can learn more of Him. 2. The Lord will come and I say That I will give my heart to Him He comes to save the world And my joy will be wonderful.
Chorus 3. The Lord will come and until then I pull his work on with great power I want to give my best to him Because he brings me eternal life.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
PDF: By Night When Others Soundly Slept
This is unusual by LDS standards, but I found the words of a poem and knew I had to write a hymn. Some of the words of the poem have been modernized. Perhaps the timbre/solemness of where in Europe I am presently is influencing my music. But it would be suitable for a choir to sing and mix the verses amongst the choir. I was also thinking about making a soprano descant for the final verse. If that would interest you, let me know.
By night when others soundly slept
And hath at once both ease and Rest,
My waking eyes were open kept
And so to lie I found it best.
I sought him whom my Soul did Love,
With tears I sought him earnestly.
He bow’d his ear down from Above.
In vain I did not seek or cry.
My hungry Soul he fill’d with Good;
He in his Bottle put my tears,
My smarting wounds washed in his blood,
And banished thence my Doubts and fears.
What to my Savior shall I give
Who freely hath done this for me?
I’ll serve him here whilst I shall live
And Love him to Eternity.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
PDF - Abide with Me!
I've had this tune in my files for many many years. Every time i tried to come up with lyrics that were suitable for it, I came up blank - until last week. After thinking about the piece, a very distinct impression told me, "turn to page 166 of the Hymnbook". I did, and the words and emotions came pouring out. I decided to turn it from a standard hymn into a simple SATB choir piece. The words are right from "Abide with Me!" but the tune is mine. I hope you like it.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
PDF - I'll Serve the Lord
A Happy Children's Song about serving the Lord. Thanks to Eric Malizia for collaborating with me.
I'll serve the Lord, I'll serve the Lord by helping a neighbor in need.
I'll listen, love and share all of the tenderness He shows me.
I'll walk in ways of truth and light so I can know His will.
Forevermore I'll serve the Lord by standing on Zion's Hill.
I'll serve the Lord, I'll serve the Lord by willingly helping at home.
My family will stand by me in helping my faith to grow.
I'll give my talent and my time to lift another up.
With all my might and all my mind I'll serve the Lord with love.