Composer: Alice Hawthorne (Septimus
Arr: Merv Rowley/Ruth Randle
The composer of
this month's selection, Whispering Hope, was not
really a professional songwriter, but he succeeded in
writing several fine musical arrangements. He was a
member of a large family - the 7th child, in fact -
hence his Latin first name "Septimus".
His mother was a distant
relative of Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American writer.
Winner chose "Alice Hawthorne" as a pseudonym... along
with five others! He was a popular songwriter during the
Civil War. Aside from this music, his other best-known
piece of music was Listen to the Mockingbird.
Those hearing Whispering Hope for the first time may be inclined
to think of it as a hymn, perhaps because the lyrics begin with
a reference to "the voice of an angel". The lyrics focus on
the importance of faith and hope in our daily lives, in times of stress.
It is a thought-provoking tune
expressing the composer's view of life. It is also very
much a prayer - Jesus our hope of glory, an anchor for
the soul. See Hebrews 6:18-20 for this reference.
We selected this
music for its positive content - suitable, we thought,
as a New Year's message.
Happy New Year!
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