‘Jalopy’s Most Important Audience

‘Jalopy’s Most Important Audience

Last year I released a piece entitled Jalopy that is dedicated to my grandfather, Cleo “Grandaddy” Herndon, who passed away in 2009.

During a trip in June to South Georgia I had the chance to play a recording of it for the most important audience that will ever hear it: Cleo’s widow, my grandmother, Rosalyn “Munnie” Herndon.

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She recently turned 91 and lives in a nursing home where she says she is “blessed” to have people to take care of her and a private room to retreat to when she would like to be alone. Her room is full of books, artwork she made as well as some from her children and grandchildren, and pictures of her family.

Beside her bed is a picture of Cleo.

 

‘Close Your Eyes and Dream’ in Percussive Notes

‘Close Your Eyes and Dream’ in Percussive Notes

Middle school directors looking for a simple melodic work for their program would find a good candidate in Close Your Eyes and Dream. The possible addition of vocals also makes it a great opportunity to collaborate with choral directors, and the option to augment the forces with flexible instrumentation makes this a good piece to have in your library.

—Brian Nozny
Percussive Notes
Vol. 56, No. 3, July 2018

You can read the entire review here.

 

Even We Are Good

Even We Are Good

All the leaves in the canopy

The Lord knows every one

Every grain of sand beneath the seas

And baking in the sun

All the flakes on every peak

He calls them all by name

He warms our hearths when he speaks

Each leaping fiery flame

Every soul you’ve every known

He knitted them with care

Hand-placing every chromosome

And numbering every hair

He knows this world He’s spoken

As every author should

So you and I can trust Him

When He says even we are good