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Songs affirm our heritage
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hansemann
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The official title of Jessie Evans Smith's signature song is "The King of Glory", NOT "He That Hath Clean Hands". BTW, the song appeared on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 1966 LP album titled "Bless This House", and, it is an incomplete recording of the song. (they cut about a third of the song).

As a sidenote; a male friend of mine at BYU in the late 60s/early 70s did a dead-on impression of Jessie Evans Smith, in drag no less, with the exagerrated vibrato (more of a warble) and all, singing "The King of Glory". It had us rolling on the floor with laughter.

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I love that song. It is on the very short list of songs I can sing, stay on tune, and sound halfway decent.
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This is a test . . .
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O-kay!

As I read your column I did a silent scream realizing how many of the "old songs" we have lost, both in and out of the Church. Technology left them behind!

I have a treasured box of 78 rpm records and another of LP's (33 rpm) that I long to hear again. Then there are hundreds of cassettes that need to be saved for posterity.

Recently I scoured the web for a rendition of the Air Force Hymn sung by an all male chorus. The closest I got was one verse performed by The Vocal Majority. (Who BTW are fabulous!)

Thanks for your columns. Especial thanks for teaching seminary!

Amen to preserving our musical heritage using the most current God given technology!

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Providing a website to archive and make available all sorts of Mormon musical numbers sounds like something that could be done on an established LDS gathering place website by someone who has an interest in it. (Hint to Brother Card, though he has likely already considered it) Registered users could upload their recordings, and a moderator could evaluate the submissions, including a quick check for copyright infringements, and then make them available for general download.

[ January 30, 2009, 12:47 AM: Message edited by: Jason ]

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Jesse Evans Smith as a soloist singing The Earth is the Lord's is available as an mp3 at:

http://www.josephsons.org/slmtc/The%20King%20Of%20Glory.mp3

HTH,

Carl

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hansemann
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Again, the title is "The King of Glory", aka "The Earth is the Lord's", aka "He That Hath Clean Hands". [Smile]

The mp3 file is the 1966 recording of Jessie Evans Smith and the MoTabs. I would have been happier to have heard JES singing this in the 1920s or 30s. Unfortunately she was well past her prime when this was recorded.

My 93 year old mother cries when she hears this track; I cry too, but for different reasons! [Wink]

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Thanks for the columns. They are mental multi-vitamins, causing me to contemplate and reconsider.
As for "My Father's House Has Many Mansions", Lex de Azevedo wrote a song using that scripture as lyrics for the musical production Hosana, the Life of Christ. It was performed by George Dyer.

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What's an LP?
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IIRC, LP referred to Long-Playing; the 78rpm discs took a very very short time to play because they were spinning so very fast; when the 33rpms came out, they turned much more slowly, and so they played for a longer time. LPs are those big vinyl records you have seen, when you think of an "album" and an album cover.

Of course, the singles that introduced the most popular music were played at 45rpm (that's why they are sometimes called 45's).

So this is how you could have fun with the record player as a kid... play the 78s at 33 (for a really really slow sound) and the 33s at 78 (for a very very fast chipmunk like sound, almost indecipherably fast), and do the 45s at either one. It was very funny, inevitably led to mom or dad coming into the room and saying "Stop that!"

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quote:
What's an LP?
This made me feel REALLY old, until I remembered that my kids all know the term and grew up with "vinyl LPs", some of which have never been released on CD... my youngest is only 18... so I don't feel quite so old again...
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I imagine in ten years, kids will be asking what's an iPod?
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This made me feel REALLY old, until I remembered that my kids all know the term and grew up with "vinyl LPs", some of which have never been released on CD... my youngest is only 18... so I don't feel quite so old again...
Me too! Although in addition to vinyl LPs, my kids had cassette tapes. My youngest turns 28 in May. [Smile]
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quote:
So this is how you could have fun with the record player as a kid... play the 78s at 33 (for a really really slow sound) and the 33s at 78 (for a very very fast chipmunk like sound, almost indecipherably fast), and do the 45s at either one. It was very funny, inevitably led to mom or dad coming into the room and saying "Stop that!"
Ah yes, a pastime I spent many a day doing in my youth [Smile] .
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Iwasalsoveryfondofplahing33rpmrecordsat85rpmandgotprettymuchthesamereactionfrommydearolddad.
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Two of the songs you mentioned are on the Bill Gaither Homecoming CDs. I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked is on the one called Jerusalem. The Holy City is on the one called Israel Homecoming. They are both beautiful renditions. These should be available at your local Christan Bookstore. Some Target store carry them also.
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I sang with a group of girls in high school too many years ago to count. In My Father's House are Many Mansions was one of the songs we often performed in church meetings. I misplaced the music long ago and was so pleased to read your column and learn how I could find the music. I'd looked for it on line many times. I plan to purchase it for our choir. Thanks!
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My mom has some old 78 records of Jesse Evans Smith. As a child I listened to them over and over. How do we preserve them and share them.
Is there on online place? Maybe we should contact the Church History Department. Any suggestions?

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I don't know the artist, so my first comment is that you'd have to check copyright law first to see what the time frame is for music. Is it a certain number of years after the artist's death that it goes into public domain? With books, for example, it's 75 years after the author's death, and up until then, it would be illegal to store an electronic copy of the book that you didn't buy on a website where anyone could download it.

If it's not in public domain yet, then depending on the laws where you're located, you could probably record those LPs to digital form for personal use only, and that would be about it. If not in the public domain, you likely couldn't legally share them. Unless the artist has made them available for anyone to use in any form they like.

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Jessie Evans Smith (1902–1971) passed away 38 years ago. She was the third wife of President Joseph Fielding Smith. More information may be found on her at http://www.lds.org/eng/ensign/1971/09/jessie-evans-smith-1902-1971?hideNav=1
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Just to let you know, my Father in-law has a copy of the LP, with Jessie Evans Smith singing the full song of "He that Hath Clean Hands". It is on the LP "Jessie Evans Smith sings Sacred Songs". My Father in-Law is trying to contact Bro. Card to see, given that there are no issues with copyright, to see if he would like to have a copy of the LP on CD. Don't know if Bro. Card reads this forum, but would like to hear from him. Sis. Smith has 10 songs on the record.
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there is a great recording of "In My Father's House Are Many Mansions" by George Dyer on the Shadow Mountain label, 2000 CD called "Wondrous Love"
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