I do not read music or have the ability to write music. I haven’t the faintest idea where to put a half-note or a treble clef, etc. However, the Lord has decided to give me some songs. I wake up in the middle of the night with a melody running through my head, or since I am a poet, a poem comes to me and as I write down the words, I realize it is a song. I have a blank scored music notebook and end up making all the notes quarter notes and whatever chords sound right, I add in appropriate places. This is how I put together and Easter Cantata years ago. I was fortunate to renew acquaintance with a friend, Carolyn, I hadn’t seen for years, who was a music major and taught piano! She agreed to work with me on my pretty raw material, and over a period of two years, she wrote the melodies to the songs I sang into a tape recorder, along with the prelude and music for 9 instruments!

She was amazing. The Cantata, which includes 13 songs and features the Apostle Andrew and his wife, Rebecca, is on Sheet Music Plus (https://smppress.sheetmusicplus.com) thanks to another talented person the Lord brought into my life, John. He was a composition major at Point Loma Nazarene University and his expertise shaped the music into final form. He has graduated and is now living in Boston, but we do Facetime and I plunk out the simple melody to show him how it goes and sing it so he gets the tempo, then send him a picture of the page and he puts it in sheet music form! I am amazed and grateful for his expertise! My songs are also up on SMP, and while nothing seems to be happening with them, I still have hopes, especially for the Easter Cantata. The songs are beautiful, for which I must give credit to the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. On Easter morning, the Lord gave me another song, called “Rain Down.” Great fun to play in my very simple way, and when God’s timing is right, who knows, someone may discover my site!



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