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Related song categories are:
Vocal Solo Medium Voice/Low Voice
Home/Family
Nature
Pioneers
Sacrifice
Flute Optional Obbligato/Flute Accompaniment

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More about Betsy Bailey:
I grew up in a very musical family. Everyone sang and played instruments. Because of my father's work, we had the opportunity to live in many places across the USA. My dad said that this was our chance to help build the kingdom in many places. In each area my mother made sure there were quality ward and stake choirs and we sang on many, many programs as a family. After earning a Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from BYU, I set off into the world with my new husband to do as I had been trained -- to build up the kingdom wherever we went. Seven children and many adventures later, I looked back and discovered that I had become a composer. After many years of teaching lessons and accompanying and directing church and community choirs and children's theater, I discovered that I had amassed quite a stack of works suited for the various groups and solo performers I had worked with over the years. I have two books of Solo songs The Praiseworthy Singer Vol. 14 and 15, and eight choral pieces currently published through Jackman Music. Others of my original songs and arrangements have placed in the Church Music Submissions contest over the years. I am pleased to share a few samples of my work on this site.
Song background:

 This song is told from the perspective of a faithful pioneer who left homeland to cross the vast prairies and rugged mountains to forge a new home in the valley of the Great Salt Lake.  One wintry day the author paused to give thanks for his new home.

My sister, with a lovely, deep alto voice, wanted a song to sing in Church that told of love for homeland.  She said that low altos do not have enough hymn arrangements specifically written for them.  She also wanted her daughter (a beginning flute player) to accompany her.  So she requested that I arrange this song with two flutes so that her daughter would feel more secure playing with a friend, also a novice flute player.

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