Grateful  

I love November and Thanksgiving because of the increased emphasis on gratitude during this season.  I have fond memories from my childhood of enjoying Thanksgiving together as a family prior to rush of the Christmas season and listening to my mother play her arrangements of Thanksgiving hymns for us on the piano.   I enjoy a greater measure of joy and peace during this season when I remember to be grateful for the abundant blessings that surround me.   I am so grateful for my beautiful wife and my four extraordinary children who bring so much joy into my life. I am grateful for this beautiful world and for the adventures that I get to have here.  I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to share my music with so many people.  Last autumn, I discovered that my music had been played 100 million times on Pandora.  In the year since that time, my music has been played another 40 million times on Pandora.  It is difficult for me to comprehend this miracle of technology which allows so many millions of people to hear my music.  I am so grateful for all of the emails and messages that I have received during this past year from people who have connected with my music.  It is my hope that you will have a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving season.  

8 comments

  • Donna O'Connor

    Donna O'Connor New Jersey

    Ahhhhh lovely both your thoughts and music....mmm

    Ahhhhh lovely both your thoughts and music....mmm

  • Elaine

    Elaine Hustonville Kentucky

    I am a big fan of yours. I love listening to your music as I work on my computer. It was always a dream of mine to play the piano but never got the opportunity. May God continue to bless you in your life and your music.

    I am a big fan of yours. I love listening to your music as I work on my computer. It was always a dream of mine to play the piano but never got the opportunity. May God continue to bless you in your life and your music.

  • Ailsa

    Ailsa Dundee,Scotland

    That was beautiful.Thankyou.

    That was beautiful.Thankyou.

  • Sandra Hale

    Sandra Hale Centerville, Utah

    I love your beautiful piano arrangements and have found much peace while listening to them on CD and Pandora. My husband and I returned from a senior mission in the Scotland/Ireland mission a year ago last July. We have missed the close association that we enjoyed with the young Elders and Sisters while serving there. I imagine that your son is bringing much joy to the members and other missionaries in the areas where he is serving. Just before we left on our mission, a friend of ours gave us a CD by McKenzie Tolk, who I am guessing is your daughter. I have meant to write to her many times to let her know how much this CD came to mean to me, start to finish on my mission. I loved, loved, loved it. We worked with many YSA's on our mission from all over the world and to a person, they all loved the CD. I wished many times that I had had enough copies of it to give to all of our beloved friends over there. Her beautiful voice and your piano arrangements gave me inspiration, solace and courage through the many miles that we traveled through the Scottish Highlands and Southern Ireland while we visited numerous little branches of the church. It's impossible for me to convey in words what an anchor, an absolute lifeline, this inspiring music became to me. I couldn't listen to "Homeward Bound" without the tears streaming every time! I feel like I'm gushing here. But I'm completely sincere. For me, it's so fitting that your son is now serving (possibly in some of the same areas) where I became acquainted with his sister's heavenly voice. Thank-you for sharing this lovely arrangement of "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" which is calming my heart in Nepal (not a mission this time . . .we're touring). Sincerely, Sandra Ursaki Hale

    I love your beautiful piano arrangements and have found much peace while listening to them on CD and Pandora. My husband and I returned from a senior mission in the Scotland/Ireland mission a year ago last July. We have missed the close association that we enjoyed with the young Elders and Sisters while serving there. I imagine that your son is bringing much joy to the members and other missionaries in the areas where he is serving. Just before we left on our mission, a friend of ours gave us a CD by McKenzie Tolk, who I am guessing is your daughter. I have meant to write to her many times to let her know how much this CD came to mean to me, start to finish on my mission. I loved, loved, loved it. We worked with many YSA's on our mission from all over the world and to a person, they all loved the CD. I wished many times that I had had enough copies of it to give to all of our beloved friends over there. Her beautiful voice and your piano arrangements gave me inspiration, solace and courage through the many miles that we traveled through the Scottish Highlands and Southern Ireland while we visited numerous little branches of the church. It's impossible for me to convey in words what an anchor, an absolute lifeline, this inspiring music became to me. I couldn't listen to "Homeward Bound" without the tears streaming every time! I feel like I'm gushing here. But I'm completely sincere. For me, it's so fitting that your son is now serving (possibly in some of the same areas) where I became acquainted with his sister's heavenly voice. Thank-you for sharing this lovely arrangement of "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" which is calming my heart in Nepal (not a mission this time . . .we're touring). Sincerely, Sandra Ursaki Hale

  • Douglas Stewart

    Douglas Stewart Sheridan, CA

    lovely and tranquil, soothed my soul while I thought of my home town of Greenock in Scotland.

    lovely and tranquil, soothed my soul while I thought of my home town of Greenock in Scotland.

  • Tami

    Tami Idaho

    Compellingly beautiful music. I grew up with a mother playing piano at as me and my sibling fell asleep. Your music bring back the memory of a soothing and comforting experience to top off the day!

    Compellingly beautiful music. I grew up with a mother playing piano at as me and my sibling fell asleep. Your music bring back the memory of a soothing and comforting experience to top off the day!

  • Sarah Black

    Sarah Black Tucson, Arizona

    I'm making this my alarm clock music for the month! What a peaceful way to wake up...

    I'm making this my alarm clock music for the month! What a peaceful way to wake up...

  • Alison rae

    Alison rae Tayport

    Hi David talk I love the piano musc it's really good and amazing and the songs mean a lot to me there just lovy songs snd can i hear some more of youer piano must because when I listen to it it makes me calm when I feel stressed

    Hi David talk I love the piano musc it's really good and amazing and the songs mean a lot to me there just lovy songs snd can i hear some more of youer piano must because when I listen to it it makes me calm when I feel stressed

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