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History Through 26 Hymns and Songs


This is the companion for all versions of the recording, Hymns and Songs of My Mother

This is a very extensive history eBook that 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 for producing advanced podcasts of the chapters, beginning as soon as the eBook is completed, targeted as early in 2024 as possible, 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:

Note. The opportunity to return to working with Ms. Bartinique on this eBook is somewhat analogous to what occurred with completing the versions of 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 in life, and are welcome privileges, again illustrating the World can be quite small.


Structure of Book

Histories from when each of the 26 hymns and songs were written are presented as separate chapters, with subsections as appropriate. Those histories provide the context of why each hymn and song was written, providing insights into why the hymns are what they are.

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 continuation of the history of the America Colony in Jerusalem. This appendix is the history in Jerusalem after the hymn "It Is Well with My Soul" was published in 1876. While the extended history that occurred in Jerusalem 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 Presentation Formats are planned for this book:

  1. eBook - The initial is a publication format as 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. Audio - 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

Working drafts of front material from 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

When released, 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 companion recording section for Hymns and Songs of My Mother you can either:

Or, click here Hymns and Songs Of My Mother.



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