You can click HERE for easy preview & download of a few original songs I wrote and produced in high school (A Friend Like You, Follow the Light, and It is Your Time). In particular, A Friend Like You received special attention when it was featured on two Sunday radio programs and chosen to be the theme song for the Idaho State Special Olympics in 2002.
Also included are five original country songs that I wrote with my cousin Mandy from 2010-2011 (Red, God Bless My Man, Mama Don't Cry For Me, Ain't What Shoulda Been, and Born to Be a Farmer). Each song has a story and was carefully written based on personal experiences with specific individuals in mind. As members of the Nashville Songwriter's Association, we submitted each song to a panel of professional songwriters. We wrote & re-wrote each song with their feedback in mind and ultimately polished each one to the point where it was played at a publisher's luncheon in Nashville, TN. Although none of the songs made it into the hands of well-known country music stars, they were professionally recorded by up & coming artists of whom we had the opportunity to work with throughout the production process. Those recordings are included in the link above along with the artist's name. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed writing them.
This short season of my life was a special time for me, but I also learned some valuable lessons. Occasionally, we can become so energetic in pursuit to develop a certain talent that our lives can become unbalanced. Elder M. Russell Ballard taught that 'it’s not always easy...but that we should never allow personal pursuits to replace attention needed by other important priorities.'
As sisters in the gospel, we can strive to supersede desires for personal benefit by following the example of our Savior. He did not seek position, nor was He concerned about whether others noticed Him. He did not bother to compete with others. He knew that greatness had little to do with outward signs of prosperity or position.
It’s interesting to me, too, how often times the Lord gives us callings to discover talents that we never knew we had...and that we certainly wouldn't have desired. However, I've learned that as we magnify our callings, the Lord turns effort into talent. We grow as we improve ourselves through new avenues which essentially is a gift from Heavenly Father...a gift of growth.
Balancing life is a constant effort for me...and for most of us I presume. Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley said that “We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are.”
Right now in my life that means focusing on the tasks at hand - the daily demands - raising my children, being open to musical opportunities, and having the courage to create when prompted to do so without allowing it to take over my life. Developing our talents with the intention to serve and bless others will bring everlasting happiness.
“The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before – colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter." - President Dieter F. Uchtdorf