Do you do research on our most cherished songs? I've started to look more in depth at some of my personal favorites, and I've felt it really helps a great deal to know more than just who and when it was written. Of course, many people know already about songs like "Amazing Grace", written by a former slave trader. Or, "It Is Well With My Soul", written by a man who had recently lost his children during a boating accident. That song always makes me tear up. Recently, I've come to understand a little bit more about my favorite warm up song, "Brahm's Lullaby". Not neccesarily a Christian hymn, I know, but I've wondered why a world famous classical composer would write such a beautiful, simple song, especially someone known for having such a stern and gruff exterior. It turns out he loved children, and wrote the song for a neighbor and their new baby. "The Sweet By and By" was co written between two friends. One of the men had severe depression, and his friend knew the best way to cheer him up was to give him a song to put music to. One day he saw his friend looking unwell. When he asked him what was the matter, the man said "Oh it'll be alright in the by and by". It dawned on them both this would be a great premise for a song. "How Great Thou Art" was written by a Swedish Reverend inspired by the natural beauty of his homeland. What are some of your findings? I'd love to read them.