Posts Tagged ‘ song ’

Eliza Hewitt & hymns

Jun
15
2013

Eliza Hewitt remained unmarried all her life and suffered greatly after trying to discipline a boy in school. She was an invalid for several months and had to endure a body cast so her back could heal. During this time, she developed a heart for God and children. She also discovered the value of the pen and began writing poems for church and Sunday School. These were soon found by the song writers and set to music. She also began writing Sunday School material to help teachers reach their students.

Once she was able to get about again, she was thrilled and put her endeavors into the Sunday School movement, doing all she could to teach and reach children with the gospel and Christian ideals. At one point she had a class of 200 students in the Presbyterian church where she was a member.

To see her photo and story use the following links. From that page there are links to the hymn stories she wrote.

Eliza Hewitt, songwriter.

Rev. Cleavant Derricks

May
11
2013

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.

J. Lincoln Hall

Nov
03
2012

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.