The information about the sources and the particular context of each song is a work in progress. These summaries, variously based on the observations of composers, writers, and/or authoritative interpreters of each song, are provided to assist in the presentation, teaching, and performance of this music. We welcome additional or corrective information to this resource, which may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lean on Me
This well-known hit song was written and performed by Bill Withers on his 1972 album Still Bill. Fifteen years later, this song gained a second round of popularity when the reggae group, Club Nouveau, recorded it and took it to number one on the Billboard charts. Withers' difficult childhood in the coal mining town of Slab Folk, WV, was the inspiration for the "Lean on Me." It was written after he had moved to Los Angeles and found himself missing the strong community ethic of his hometown. The original version of the song has become a popular, inspirational anthem. It was Withers’ first (and only) Billboard Hot 100 number one single.
Let This Be a House of Peace
A slow gospel-style tune set to text that was adapted from a poem by Kenneth Patton. It is a good opening song for a service. This piece can work well with a rhythm section. It is also available as an SATB arrangement from Jim Scott Music.
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Last updated on Monday, April 9, 2012.
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