Behind the Song: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands is a traditional American spiritual. As a spiritual this song was probably around for a long time before it was recorded and written down. The song was first published in the 1927, paper bound hymnal Spirituals Triumphant, Old and New. In 1933, Frank Warner collected the song from Sue Thomas while she […]

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Behind the Song: Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man

Zacchaeus was a Wee Little Man is another popular children’s song. It’s a great way for children to learn the story of Zacchaeus. After all a song stays in your memory much longer than a story. The story recounts the story of Zacchaeus which is found in Luke 19:1-10. The song recounts Zacchaeus desire to see Jesus, so he climbs […]

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Behind the Song: I’ve Got Peace Like a River

I’ve Got Peace Like a River is an African-American spiritual. Spirituals began on the fields and the slaves would sing to pass the time of day. It was also a great way to pass messages along and share the gospel. This song uses water “as a simile” to describe peace, joy and love. I’ve got peace like a river… I’ve […]

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Behind the Song: Jesus Loves the Little Children

After Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Loves the Little Children is one of the first songs children learn in Sunday School. The song was written by Clarence Herbert Woolston. He was born in 1856 and died in 1927. The lyrics are inspired by Jesus words in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for […]

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Behind the Song: I’ll Be a Sunbeam

I’ll Be a Sunbeam is a popular children’s hymn often learned in Sunday School. The song is often referred to as Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, due to the opening lines of the hymn. The lyrics were written by Nellie Talbot. Virtually nothing is known about Nellie Talbot. Even efforts to find her in census records prove to be […]

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A Song For All Ages

Jesus Loves You

One of the first songs we learn to sing as children is “Jesus Loves Me.” When I go into the nursing homes and daycares to perform, for music therapy or a music session I always end with Jesus Loves Me. I’ve discovered several things: 1. Everyone knows this song 2. The song seems to resonate and touch a chord with […]

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Do You Ignore Your Loved Ones

Do you care?

I was reminded this week of just how short life can be. It’s important to cherish the ones we are with and let them know how much we love and appreciate them while we’re with them. We never know when we might not have those little moments together again. Death can come like a thief in the night and leave […]

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