History Through 26 Hymns and Songs

Companion to Hymns and Songs for Living Album

This is the companion publication to the album Hymns and Songs for Living. This very extensive history eBook presents footnoted, historical information of the time each hymn or song was published. It provides historical context of the times which shaped each of the hymns and songs.

(This eBook will also be the basis of advanced podcasts of the chapters beginning in last 2023, followed by an audiobook later in 2024.)

In addition to the extensive histories around each of the 26 hymns and songs, extensive additional supporting historical information is included in several appendicies:

Various persons contributed to shaping this eBook:

Notes. The opportunity to return to working with Ms. Bartinique on this eBook is somewhat analogous to what occurred with completing the album Hymns and Songs for Living. For the recording David returned to working with Mr. Bill McElroy. For this eBook, he returned to working with Ms. Bartinique. Both are examples of full circles and are welcome privileges, again illustrating the World can be quite small. David previously worked with Ms. Bartinique as a professional colleague on various projects when he was a manager of research projects with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. A bio for Ms. Bartinique is included on the dropdown local submenu above.

Structure of Book

The histories of the times for each of the 26 hymns and songs are grouped around each of the hymn or song titles as separate chapters, with subsections as appropriate. The histories provide the context of events surrounding creation of each hymn and song, thus providing readers insights into how those histories shaped the hymns and songs.

The histories are in the order of the hymns and songs on the companion album. Material in each history is chronological. If readers wish to skip to other referenced historical materials, a number of internal bookmarks are provided enabling electronically skipping to related discussions in other histories within the eBook.

In addition, there is additional information given in several appendices.

Appendix I gives an expansive summary of historical highpoints from the past 2 millenia of selected christian religious histories relevant to development of congregational hymn singing. It begins from Christ's death, and goes to the 20th century.

Appendix II is a rather extensive history of the America Colony in Jerusalem after the hymn "It Is Well with My Soul" was published in 1876. While that extended history is not germane to shaping of the hymn, it is germane to the reader deciding how to judge actions of the family.

Other appendices present:

Since opinions can be strong regarding religious subject matter, extensive footnotes with internet hyperlinks are provided throughout to enable readers to easily explore supporting source materials by clicking on the hyperlinks.

Because many scholarly reference books are only accessible via libraries, this book deliberately limited most references to materials accessible via the internet, explicitly to facilitate readers in easily accessing them. The goal is to facilitate readers being able to easily follow-up on topics of interest to them.

Note. While internet sources are invaluable for easy access, they can have scholarly limitations, plus they can disappear.

Two Publication Formats are planned for this book:

  1. The initial publication format will be a fixed format eBook. The fixed format is to ensure footnotes are presented at the bottom of the page where they are cited; and

  2. Shorthly following, we will begin offering advance podcasts of chapters from the eBook, followed by the complete audiobook. (Initiation of the advance podcasts is projected to begin with release of the eBook in latter 2023, with availabilty of the completed audiobook in latter 2024.

Example Materials from eBook

Draft selections from front material of this extensive history book are accessible on this website via the dropdown local submenu above, for:

  1. Acknowledgements; and

  2. Preface

You Can Help Improve Accuracy of History Stories

Readers are encouraged to help improve this book by providing comments on inaccuracies, plus sources for missing materials you believe should be added, etc. You can submit your thoughts to TortoiseClimbing Publishing™ via the comment page on this website, which you can simply access by clicking on the comment button at the bottom of this and every page on this website.

How to Get to Recordings

Note. If you wish to go to the Recording section of this website to check on the companion recording, Hymns and Songs for Living you can either:

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