Daily Improv: Day 5

20 Jan 2011

I thought for variety today I’d switch to one of the obscure digital voices. I think this voice was called something like, “Alien lounge.” I can just picture a bunch of little green men sitting around drinking some kind of blue space tea…

Nah. Just ignore that thought.

Daily Improv: Day 1

Daily Improv: 16 Jan 2011

Okay, so my Christmas album release came and went, Christmas came and went, New Years came and went, and my busy self hasn’t done much with music since the album release – didn’t even blog. So, on a whim, I’m resolving to do one simple improv a day for a month. That means I’m going to sit down at the piano, start the recorder, and play something that’s hopefully never been played before. Then I’ll post the recording on my blog. On Sundays, I’ll do hymn/primary song arrangement improvs.

Anywho, here’s the first, it’s a simple improv arrangement of Beautiful Savior. Not to be confused with my published arrangement of the same song.

Baba’s Backseat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m no food blogger, but I enjoy cooking, and I rarely follow recipes. So when I got a sweet-tooth for chocolate chip cookies today, I decided to do a little experiment. First I Googled ideas for making your chocolate chip cookies better, and there were all kinds of things. I took notes. Then I looked at three or four different recipes to get an idea of proper quantities – then I went to work, with Lunch Bucket as co-cook. The result? Baba’s Backseat Chocolate Chip Cookies. (the backseat thing is a sort of inside joke, which I’ll have to explain some other time.)

They came out great! Anyway, here’s the recipe! Enjoy!

Baba’s Backseat Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/4 corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 TB Vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
Mint chocolate chips (or any kind of chips – white, butterscotch, peanut butter, milk chocolate, semi-sweet, whatever)

Cream corn syrup, sugars, and butter in small saucepan and simmer on lowest stove setting, stirring constantly until butter is melted and sugar dissolves (do not boil). Remove from heat, pour into cool (even cold if available) container and place in freezer.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, soda, and baking powder together.

In another separate bowl, separate the eggs and beat whites to soft peaks. Beat yolks in separate bowl (sorry, a lot of dishes, I know) and then fold into whites.
Take the first bowl out of the fridge (should be cool and syrupy) and mix the eggs into it. Mix well, but do not whip.

Mix in the powder ingredients, but don’t whip, so there’s a little bit of powder that’s not completely mixed in.
Add vanilla and lemon juice, and mix slowly but thoroughly (just enough so it’s mixed well, not whipped).

Fold in chocolate chips.

Chill in the fridge for as long as you can stand (up to a day). Preheat oven to 375. Spoon onto cookie sheet in 1 inch round balls. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

Makes about 5 dozen scrump-diddly-umptious cookies!

The Book Mormon Set to Music: 1 Nephi 1

I thought it might be fun to set music to the Book of Mormon by playing the piano while listening to a recorded reading of it. The tune was improvised on the spot so I could have the mood change with the words. It starts out a little cheesy, but overall  I think it worked okay. Let me know what you think!

Need Music for Your Blog?

I finally got around to putting my Hymn Arrangements on playlist.com. So if you have one of those cool little playlists on your blog or website, then pick a tune on the playlist below and click the little “add” button to add the song it to your playlist. Come on, you know you want to! If you don’t have a playlist on your blog, it’s easy to set up. Let me know in the comments and I’ll give you a little tutorial.

While you’re at it, feel free to add some of my original stuff from my newest CD, The Ancestor. It will be fuuuuuuunnnnn! Just do it. Come oooooonnnn, Everybody’s doing it
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Battle Hymn of the Republic

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…

His truth is marching on.

The sheet music is finally ready! Click to learn how to buy it.

Battle Hymn of the Republic has always been my favorite patriotic song, as it captures the why of all that the founding fathers of America did. The strength of their devotion to God, and the faith they had in Jesus Christ gave them the courage to move forward when they knew it could cost their lives and the lives of their families.

The lyrics were written in 1861 by Julia Ward Howe. The tune belonged to another song, which was more of a spoof than a serious song. When a friend suggested to Julia that she write new words to the music, Julia took the challenge. The new lyrics came to her when she woke early one morning. She said, “I went to bed that night as usual, and slept, according to my wont, quite soundly. I awoke in the gray of the morning twilight; and as I lay waiting for the dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to twine themselves in my mind. Having thought out all the stanzas, I said to myself, ‘I must get up and write these verses down, lest I fall asleep again and forget them.’ So, with a sudden effort, I sprang out of bed, and found in the dimness an old stump of a pen which I remembered to have used the day before. I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.”

Here are the original lyrics:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Since God is marching on.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
While God is marching on.
He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.

We’ll Bring the World His Truth

We’ll Bring the World His Truth

I’ve always loved the primary song, We’ll Bring the World His Truth. I was asked to play a musical number in a stake priesthood meeting a couple weeks ago, and the topic was missionary work. I decided this was a great excuse to come up with an arrangement for it. Let me know if you’d like me to make it into sheet music. I’ll have to get permissions from Janice Kapp Perry for that, since the sheet music wouldn’t be free, but I’m willing to get permission if you guys want to be able to play it! Either way, enjoy!

Chas

Come Thou Fount Sheet Music Available

Yay!  I finally finished transcribing my original piano solo arrangement of Come Thou Fount into sheet music.  It’s available for purchase on my official website, http://chashathaway.com

You can also see a sample page there.  I made sure to include the chord names in the sheet music, so if you need the basic guitar chords, they are there!  It also includes a copy of the original lyrics.

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