Happy 4th of July from HymnSite.com!
You might have guessed already, but I live in the United States. The Fourth of July is a major celebration in this country because we commemorate the nation's Declaration of Independence. That historic document contains language that is meaningful not only to citizens of my nation, but to everyone. The full text is on the internet at http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/declaration_transcript.html. One of its most famous lines appears at the beginning of the second paragraph:
WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
We are indeed created. We are all created as equals. We are created by a Creator. Our Creator is God, who gives us life and liberty and happiness. May you know and enjoy all of these this Fourth of July.
Now we return you to your regularly scheduled web page . . . <grin>
I started preparing these originally in 1996 to make hymn tunes available in electronic format for part arranging. Now I'm hearing that folks are using them as background music on their web pages, and even background music in church offices! I would be delighted to hear how you put them to use.
This site is designed to be used in a frames format. If you don't see a light blue border above and to the left, follow this link. In the border above (the one I just mentioned!), there should be a drop-down form that looks like this:
Use the drop down to select from these major sections of HymnSite.com
In the light blue area to the left are several buttons. This is what they are supposed to mean:
HymnSite Jukebox. This button plays hymns continuously. Right now each hymn is picked randomly and plays for 75 seconds. New features are being developed.
Hymn Search. This button links to a pair of frames that let you search in one and listen to your results in the other. Use the search form to create a list of hymns. Click on each title in the list to retrieve the text (if available) and the midi file. It's kind of hard to describe, so just try it. You'll see what I mean. You can select searches for title/author/tune/etc., full text, or HymnSite.com's exclusive BIGsearch, which can help you find materials at other sites, too.
Hymn and Psalm Tune Lists. This button will open a pair of frames with a list of hymn and psalm tunes. You can choose from alphabetical and numerical indices.
HymnSite.com's HymnDisk Page. This button will take you to a page in the HymnStore where you can download a free HymnDisk Floppy file or order HymnDiskCDs online. New HymnDiskCDs are continually being prepared. Be sure to send your feedback and suggestions so that your needs and interests can be addressed in an upcoming release.
Links to other sites and resources on the internet.. This button will take you to some of the sites that I have found useful on the internet. It is not a long list, but I hope you find something useful.
HymnSite.com's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page. I get lots of questions and comments from lots of really neat people around the world. I wish I had time to personally respond to every single one of them, but I don't. So I have tried to make it easier for you to find answers to your favorite questions right here while you are on line. I hope you find something useful on that page. ;^)
HymnSite.com's Mailing Lists. HymnSite.com has a mailing list called WorshipMusic at HymnSite.com. It has been inactive due to some server moves, but the time has come to get things going again. Join to ask questions, make comments, or just "lurk" to see what other people are saying. If you just want to receive occasional information about news and resources at HymnSite.com, send a message to SendNews at HymnSite.com and you will be added to the mailing list.
Please feel free to send a note any time. All comments and suggestions are welcome.
God bless you--