I was ordained to the Baptist ministry in the early 1960's, and for about 35 years I served as Pastor in several smaller Churches, some of which were very small new churches that were just starting. In some of these, I also doubled as the Church musician
In most of these church situations I also supported myself as a computer software designer, programmer, analyst and consultant for a large manufacturing company implementing process control and process management software for the shop floor environment. I retired in 1999, although continued on in a part-time consultancy role for several more years.
My early musical training was on the Pipe Organ where I learnt to play the classics (Bach etc - and some of those are on the site), but I always had a strong interest in improvisation, and so learnt and experimented with some of the more freer musical styles. You will see this site reflects many of those styles.
These days it is often hard to find suitable musicians to accompany congregational singing, either because the younger musicians don't like playing the 'grand hymns of the faith' or we older players sometimes struggle with the style of the newer music.
In seeking to address this need, which is often acute in small churches, home groups, age care facilities etc, and through the encouragement of a Christian friends, in 2006 I created the SmallChurchMusic (and related) site to:
make good quality accompaniments for congregational singing available at no cost.
As from October, 2015, I, Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, have assigned my performer rights in this collection to Hymnary.org. Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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