Posts Tagged ‘information’

Rev. Cleavant Derricks

Well, we finally got back to our hymn story research and writing! The work finished today was a borderline project, since the author was a little wilder in his music of later years than is really honoring to God. He went the way of John Peterson and others like them.

At any rate, the songs Rev. Cleavant Derricks wrote in the 1930’s when things were rough for people in America everywhere, were well received and encouraging! Cleavant worked hard to bringing out a strong proper rhythm, simple wording that is easy to remember and follow, and lively tunes with strong bass parts. He was a prolific writer of songs when he started out and then lost the enthusiasm after serving in World War II as an Army music director.

He decided to settle down and become a Baptist preacher, but his singing kept on going, but not in prestigious or notable churches. Finally in financial straights, he contacted a music producer, asking if he could sell some new songs he would work at writing. They instead did two record albums with him, supplying some much needed income, which was even more important, because it turned out he was dying of cancer.

To use the information in bulletins or other articles for church use, just eliminate the parts not wanted. I have paragraph starts in hopes I will eventually find out more information and be able to expand what was written.

The new article is: Rev. Cleavant Derricks, gospel song writer and Baptist pastor.

Frances Havergal

What an amazing woman! Would God could have every woman in such a devoted state to Him! What a different world this would be. As it stands is there anyone on earth with such devotion and incredible talent that shuns this world, its fame and fortune to serve only God? It would sure be wonderful to meet or even hear of such a person!

But as it stands, we can only pray for and hope one day soon, a present day Frances Havergal could stand up and challenge the state of things as we know it.

We have had this article for some time, and now we revisited it and added and edited things quite a bit. We also came across a really good drawing of her that will probably be ripped from our webpage and unscrupulously used all over the world! But the internet is a big club where too many have no integrity!

At any rate, have a look at this woman’s testimony. For the churches who use our information, printing the whole story is too much for most readers. I usually just take a focal point of a longer story like hers to print in our publications. If anyone wants more they can always get a copy of the full story easily. The emphasis tomorrow at our service will be her consecration story, and the rest gets pared off to fit the small space we can give it.

 

To see this new drawing and her story see our article: Frances Havergal.

J. Lincoln Hall

We have been doing smaller fixes and things and forgetting to announce them! We are back and hoping to again systematically build, update and continue transferring old website information to this website!

This week we upgraded the story on J. Lincoln Hall, a noted music publisher, composer and writer, as well as organist, choir master and song leader. His abilities and work was in high demand across the country.

He was a Methodist, so we do not hear much about him today, and little of his extensive work has carried on in use. With the purchase of his publishing company, his many works seem to have fallen out of use.

To learn more about this remarkable man, see our article: J. Lincoln Hall.