Friday, June 30, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
I do not have much more to add about the ministry, as I've written three blog posts about them before! But this is certainly one of the more rare releases from them. "Jesus, I Heard You Had a Big House" may be their most well known recording, and it seems this one had a lower circulation. So it's a pleasure to bring it to you and make sure this doesn't fall into obscurity.
Also, how could I have a second annual Vacation Bible School Month and not include this ministry's music? They are the shining examples of children's music in the United Pentecostal Church!
You can download the full album HERE!
Saturday, June 10, 2017
As with most records I share here, there is no year printed on the jacket or album label. My best guesstimate from the cover photo thinks this looks like it came from 1978 or so. Anybody know for sure?
Children's records in Pentecostal music seem to be rather rare. To find one as clean and sharp as this copy was sure a gift from God! I have no doubt He helped me find this to share with you!
The talent here is credited to Ruth Munsey, who wrote "most" of the songs according to the liner notes. The musical staff of the Evangelical Temple United Pentecostal Church in Hammond, IN contributed to the music as well.
Unfortunately, I did not score the accompanying book with this record, as pictured on the back cover. But this record is unique as it is the only record I know of officially released on the WAP (Word Aflame Press) label. Obviously, they were a publishing wing of the United Pentecostal Church. They may have released other records, but this is the first and only one I've found so far.
As you all know, I continue to look for more, and if I do, you can find the records here!
You can download this marvelous piece of history HERE!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
So I bring to you Vacation Bible School Month 2!
First up is another great title from Ann Grant and the Little Lights. As best as I can tell, this is Ann's last album before her untimely and unfortunate demise from cancer. This is a fun album and she brings out some fun stories for this release that her grandmother, Jesse Norris, made infamous on her albums many years ago.
The joy Ann brought to the lives of those she touched was boundless and genuine. Surely, her "little light" was a brilliant light on a hill. She let her light shine for many to see. There really hasn't been anything like her since her passing.
This album was released on tape only in 1990. From the liner notes, here are those who contributed their talents to this record:
Grand piano-Cindy Wurch
Bass-Ann Grant, Joe Casolari
Orchestrations & engineer-Joe Casolari
Photography-Ann Grant, Greg Hanson
Recorded and mixed-Crusade Studios, Flora IL 1990
Cover Photo (L-R)
Elizabeth Hanson (age 6)
Joe Bomn (age 13)
Amanda Hanson (age 13)
Ann Marie Ragon (age 9)
Andrew Baldridge (age 4)
Melissa Baldridge (age 10)
Back Photo (L-R)
Bunches of Bananas For:
Drew & Heather Baldride, Laurie Boivin, Greg & Connie Hanson, John & Sharon Ragon for a super weekend with your talented, energetic, & exciting children!
Renee Reed for bows for cover picture!
Sullivan, IL U.P.C. for your genuine hospitality all the time!
Kenneth, Becky, & Jennifer Belew for your creative writing and time given.
Cheryl Page for a home away from home, ingenious sound effects, & lighting!
Mom & Dad for all your support, love, encouragement, and believing in my "banana" ideas.
Truly, Ann was a treasure to many.
You can enjoy a piece of the treasure HERE!
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