Posts Tagged ‘Pastor’

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.

Website Upgrades

Well, with all the changes, we managed to “break” the menu system we were using. It was just as well, but it caused a bit of panic on my end! It was based on “Spry” because I was trying to be fancy without a lot of work, but in the end, it just was not fixable, using too much java and non-essential files. So we went to work and have built a new system that does not use all that extra junk and we actually like the new setup much better. We can now add descriptions and even artwork, and make the menu much more helpful to the visitor. We hope to redo the main page in the future, but for now it will have to stay.

So, we hope you can enjoy the new menu system. The site is in full development, so things are bound to change till we settle on various systems and weed out other systems that are just not necessary anymore.

But in the process, Deborah noticed our audio file for “It Is Well With My Soul” was not the correct one. We have the scores for a easier version, and the audio for the advanced version that Glenda Macomber wrote. She has several versions of this great hymn, and I grabbed the wrong one from which to make the audio file. That is now fixed!

All in all, I hope our users have not been troubled by the menu breakdown and the wrong audio file in the case of the one hymn. If there are problems, please let us know! Everything can be changed, including the size of the score files, the sound on the audio files, and the layout of the website. If anything is a problem, let us know. This is not here for our benefit, but for yours!

Sincerely,
Pastor Clinton Macomber