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August 10, 2014


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Thanks for the rerun of my all time favorite Christmas song! Lovely version

Thanks for the history of the song.
This is my favorite of all the
Christmas Songs and Chitter and
Chatter and the Gang did a really
wonderful job with it. Thank you.

I enjoyed the history of "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem," but regret that R. Fisher Boyce did not get credit for the music as well as the lyrics. It seems he should at least have received credit for the melody--even if Adger M. Pace harmonized?!? (Just wondering!) But as you stated, "That's how it was 'back then." I can remember the first time we found the song (perhaps in the book you mentioned) and sang it at Choestoe Church in our Christmas pageant. Chitter and Chatter and the Blind Pig Players did a wonderful job. I like the seriousness with which they approach their singing and playing! Enjoyed! Did you have a rainy pre-college trip? I know it was enjoyable, and know you've been happy--and I hope safe, too!

As for me I need no ©opywrite and ask no credit. My treasures are stored up somewhere beyond the blue, to quote a favorite old hymn. Accolades earned here are not transferable to the hereafter.
"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground." To gain from gifts given freely by God is an abomination, in my opinion.
I wonder which man asked for credit in heaven.

That's one of those songs I love hearing year around, I never get tired of hearing, and the Girls did such a good job on it..And the musicians did a good job also..

Ah! Christmas in August! So beautiful and sung with such robust and beauty. God bless and hope you are having a wonderful time with the girls.

Tipper--The copyright side of the song caught my attention as a writer. Copyright is a complex matter, and far too often struggling writers, whether they are penning songs, stories, or books, make the mistake of selling all rights. That means that the publisher or whoever buys the rights stands to make most of the money out of someone's creativity.

I'll admit I've sold all rights a few times, but not often. When I've done so, it was to an article I felt had no real future or which I could rework to a sufficient degree not to worry about copyright infringement.

That's just a cautionary note for anyone who writes or hopes to write anything for publication.

Jim Casada

P. S. You pretty much hit on the key to the most popular pieces. You have to remember your readership goes beyond the southern Appalachians and they are more likely to identify with universal themes rather than regional ones. Of course, for my part, it is the lure and lore of the high country which most tickles my fancy.

It doesn't seem fair for one man to write the song and another get the credit. It is, indeed a beautiful song and the girls do a fine job on it!

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