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Recent comments

  • Reply to: Add a topic   1 day 23 hours ago

    Topics headings come directly from the hymnals so they are specific to the instances in the hymnals. They cannot be added to an authority. Some hymnals use the topic "Advent Candle Lighting" but the Chalice Hymnal does not; it uses "Advent" and "Light." Topics should not be added to an instance unless the topic is included in the hymnal's topic index or the hymnals sections. Some day we will probably map topics so that a search for something like "Coming of Christ" would map to Advent.

    You can try searching for "candle" in the text name or full text fields and "Advent" in the topic field to find hymns about lighting advent candles.

  • Reply to: Amen (See the little baby)   1 day 23 hours ago

    Works that were in their first 28 renewal period in 1977 (copyrighted between 1950 and 1977) had their renewal extended for 67 years, for a total term of 95 years.

  • Reply to: Amen (See the little baby)   1 day 23 hours ago

    From Jester Hairston's own lips, he wrote "Amen." He readily acknowledged other songs to be spirituals, but not this one. 

    https://youtu.be/c3pa3EBAoTI?t=547 (start around 9:07).

  • Reply to: Amen (See the little baby)   2 days 3 min ago

    When I was a kid, in the 1960s (b. 1954) I was definitely taught, and saw in authoritative print sources (including I'm pretty sure materials from the Library of Congress) , that it was 28 years with a 28 (not 47) year renewal.  At least, that is my clear and firm recollection. In 1963 I don't think there was a 47 year renewal on the books.

    This Wikipedia article supports my recollection. The 47-year renewal wasn't enacted until 1976, and did take effect until 1978: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_renewal_in_the_United_States

  • Reply to: Hymne for commemoration killed Jews   2 days 17 hours ago

    I *am* interested in knowing where it was held, and what if any songs were sung.

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