Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Eva L. Crenshaw, May 18, 1983

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Personal background / music

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Partial Transcript: Now I'm interviewing, uh, Mrs., uh, Eva Lou Crenshaw.

Segment Synopsis: Crenshaw discusses her personal background, and provides insight on some of the old Dr. Watts hymns.
This portion also includes Crenshaw singing "A Charge To Keep Our Half" (3:20-7:08).

Keywords: "Amazing Grace"; "Charge to Keep I Have"; "Father I Stretch My Hand to Thee"; Dr. Watts hymns; Harlan (Ky.); Musical performances; Old hymns

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American music; African American older people; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social conditions.; Music

00:07:12 - Hymns versus newer songs

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Partial Transcript: That one is just, uh--is that one of your--that's your favorite you said, while ago?

Segment Synopsis: Crenshaw gives her opinion on the difference between traditional hymns and more modern religious music.

Keywords: "Jesus Keep Me Near The Cross"; "Lord Hallelujah"; Gospel; Hymns; Lord; Musical performance; Pitch; Religious worship; Singing; Soulful; Sunday school; Tune

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American music; African American older people; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Music

00:12:04 - Traditional hymns

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Partial Transcript: He got to come to me to sing.

Segment Synopsis: Crenshaw sings more traditional hymns and speaks on their significance.
This portion also includes Crenshaw singing "Father I Stretch My Hands to Thee" (14:02-15:53) and "Amazing Grace" (16:15-19:47).

Keywords: "Amazing Grace"; "Father I Stretch My Hand to Thee"; Call and response; Common meter; Crypt pitches; Hymns; Long meter; Meter; Musical performance; Religious music; Singing; Tunes

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American music; African American older people; African Americans--Religion.; Music

00:20:14 - Church and church music

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Partial Transcript: What church do you, do you attend?

Segment Synopsis: Crenshaw talks about her church and the music performed in the church.
This portion also includes Crenshaw singing "Amazing Grace" (23:54-24:46).

Keywords: Duty; First Baptist Church; Flooded; Harlan (Ky.); Long meter; Musical performances; Organ; Service; Singing; Song book:Hymns; Sunday school; Tune

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American music; African American older people; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Music

00:29:50 - Instruments in the church

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Partial Transcript: What do you, what do you, uh--

Segment Synopsis: Crenshaw shares her opinion on the use of instruments in the church.

Keywords: Black songs; Dr. Watts; Dr. Watts hymns; Hymns; Musical performances; Organ; Religious music; Religious worship; Songs; Soulful; Tunes

Subjects: African American churches--Kentucky; African American music; African American older people; African Americans--Religion.; African Americans--Social life and customs.; Childhood; Music