Saturday, March 26, 2011

I Need Thee Every Hour

In an effort to condense things I am doing into smaller chunks, I am no longer going to post to my music blog. So, if you want to keep updated on songs and arrangements, please go to instead and sign up to receive emails, or use the rss feed.

I enjoy writing and arranging songs. To me it is relaxing and uplifting. This hymn arrangement is my first venture back into writing since being pleasantly sidetracked by the birth of my youngest son. Feels good. Hope you or someone you know might enjoy this.

In the middle of singing the congregational hymn, "I Need Thee Every Hour", ideas started coming to mind as I felt the powerful message of the lyrics. The next day I started playing around with the ideas, not sure what was going to come of them. As it turned out, four different arrangements were born of those initial ideas. It took a few weeks to finish as I went about studying the song and the lyrics, hearing from my missionary son that it was one of his favorites, contemplating the meaning of these words in my own life, etc. I came to realize the message is oh so true. I need my Savior every hour.

To view the sheet music or listen to computerized audio recordings of any of the arrangements, go to THIS PAGE on our home website.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Silent Night -- SA + Children or SSA

I now have a new way of sharing music with you! Simply click on the little triangle on the right hand side of the embedded publication below and you can hear the computerized audio and click again to view the sheet music directly from my blog! You can also click on the PDF button on the left hand side to bring up the sheet music so that you can print it out.

Here is an arrangement of Silent Night to be sung by Soprano, Alto & Children, or it could be a SSA women's trio.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Family Proclamation Songs

These song's lyrics are short snippets taken from "The Family:A Proclamation to the World". While I have permission to share these songs, the songs themselves are not produced officially by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Please feel free to copy them song for noncommercial purposes only.

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Hope you enjoy! :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

John 14:6 Scripture Song

You can always go here to find more of my scripture songs. Just scroll through the ABC list to find more. I am planning to put all the Primary monthly scriptures for the year to song.

Here is the John 14:6 in song. You may download and use it for free if used in the following fashion. (It's easy... really.)
~Copying the music means that you are agreeing to abide by these stipulations.
~Music may be used for noncommercial church and home purposes. Email me with requests to use the music for other things.
~Do not alter the music from the original.
~Always keep the copyright and website information at the bottom of the music intact.
~Refer friends to this site or to to get their own copy
~Check back often for new free music! :)

You can listen to several scripture songs at our youtube site to see what they are like.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

D & C 88:119 Scripture Song, I Am Your Brother, and Family Song are Ready

I have been doing a bunch of upgrading on the website. You can now, hopefully, more easily find what you are looking for. I have added links to download the following three songs. If you click on the link, you can read the story of how it came to be as well.

I Am Your Brother

Family Song

D & C 88:119 You can find lots more scripture songs on the website as well. Just scroll through the ABC List. You can listen to several scripture songs at our youtube site to see what they are like.

Please remember copyright restrictions. Refer others to or to this page to download their own music. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ever Faithful Sheet Music for SA

My song "Ever Faithful" is now available for download. You can do so from my website or directly from Lulu here.

The lyrics to “Ever Faithful” draw heavily from Ecclesiastes chapter 3. The message of the song is that no matter which of the various seasons/stages in life we are going through, everything is all right because God is in Heaven. I love the scripture in Ecclesiastes because it lists not only all the times of woes, but every opposite of them!

By downloading this music, you receive sheet music for SA + Violins + piano and also sheet music for just the SA & piano. I also included a computerized audio recording of this song for ease of learning. It is the music only, no lyrics. So that you know what to expect, this is just a computerized audio recording. It isn’t done in a studio. All the tracks are computer generated. The sound is clear and you will be able to learn the song tune by listening to this mp3. Just don’t expect a spectacular studio produced sound, okay? :)

Please adhere to copyright restrictions. If you have friends, family, coworkers and others that would like a copy of this music, send them a link to this page or to where they can download their own. Thank you.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Marika Lee's Hymn & Scripture Study Sundays

I am posting the following series on my main blog in case you care to follow along:

"Next to the word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music." --Martin Luther

Below you see the above quote hanging on my wall, complete with dust, a shadow, and a reflection of me as I take the picture.

I have the quote hanging on my wall because I like the reminder the message brings. I think that the easiest way to draw close to God is through music.

At Christmas time we sing every night as a family during our countdown to Christmas. Each year I have thought it would be wonderful if we could keep doing this throughout the year. Somehow we do well for a week or two and then taper off, only to be reminded of the idea again the following Christmas. I thought I would try something a little different this year. Rather than trying for a family sing-a-long every day, how about trying at least once a week? I think this seems more likely to succeed.

We study scripture and have family prayer together each night, but I decided to choose Sunday as our day that we interrupt our regular routine. On this day, we'll study scriptures associated with a song instead. I also plan to present a little background on the song we sing.

I deemed it appropriate to begin with something Swedish. {I am 1/2 Swedish and very much attached to my Swedish heritage.} This is why I chose the hymn How Great Thou Art for my first selection. Oftentimes I will include music with the song I choose, but I can't do that this time due to copyright restrictions on this song. Hopefully you have a hymn book yourself, or a good memory.

Scriptures for this song:
Psalms 8:3-9 David here recounts numerous wonders of the Lord and His amazing mercy towards each on of us.
Psalms 9:1-2 Here David speaks of his own desires to praise and rejoice in the Lord. How Great Thou Art song lyrics seem to be derived from David’s message.
Mosiah 4:5-13 In King Benjamin’s speech, he reminds us all of our own unworthiness without the Lord and of God’s great goodness. Each of us should remember to rejoice and be filled with the love of God.

Various facts:
English text by Stuart K. Hine, 1899
Original Swedish text by Reverend Carl Boberg “O Store Gud” or “O Mighty God”
Tune Swedish folk medley

The story behind the song:
This hymn originated in Sweden. The author apparently wrote the song while walking home in during a thunderstorm after church services. It was translated into a few different languages when English missionaries, Reverend and Mrs. Stuart K. Hine, heard the hymn in Russia. They wrote up an English version of the song using 3 verses. After WWII, eastern European refugees were flooding into England looking to find a new home. It was at this time that the 4th verse was written, receiving inspiration for the words after listening to the wondering questions about home from these people who were without one.

I am doing a little research online to find these things out. I also have a book entitled "Our Latter-day Hymns The Stories and the Messages" by Karen Lynn Davidson from which I am finding information on these songs. If you want more info, the aforementioned book and the internet search engines can get you much more than the little bit I shared.