Hymn Medley-” Lord, I would Follow Thee, Where Can I Turn for Peace, I Need Thee Every Hour”
This was one of my first hymns I ever arranged. Its funny because I never intended on sharing any of my music with the world. I was perfectly content with arranging hymns quietly in my living room. A few years ago, my family was in the process of making a huge decision of moving our young family from CA to AZ and my husband taking a new job. During this time a friend from church asked me if before we moved I would play the piano in sacrament meeting. She asked me if I could play “Where can I turn for peace?” I told her that I didn’t have time to look for an arrangement and so she smiled and challenged me to write one. I remember thinking “I can’t just write something this fast and then play it in front of my ward.”
Believe it or not I have a huge fear of playing in public. This has been one of my most difficult challenges in my passion for playing the piano. I get really bad anxiety when playing in front of others. People laugh sometimes when I say this because I CHOOSE to be a piano performance major in college AND now arrange and perform music as a profession but yet playing in front of people is one of my greatest fears! So, this is something that I am working to overcome every day. But, composing music besides being a wife and a mother is truly one of my greatest joys in my life and so I want to share it with others.
When I first starting writing this arrangement of “Where Can I Turn for Peace” I couldn’t get the words of “Lord, I would follow thee” and “I Need thee every hour” out of my head and so I decided to combine all three of these hymns. I believe that the message of the words of these three hymns go together. I know that our Heavenly Father is there for us in our times of trial and that He can bring the peace that we are seeking for.