About The Recordings
This recording was made on a 1907 Mason and Hamlin AA grand piano in our living room. We asked the recording engineer to make the sonic quality so that it sounds like you are sitting and singing along in our living room rather than a concert hall.
Our wonderful piano has a direct connection to several of the hymns in this collection of hymns. In 1854 Henry Mason and Emmons Hamlin founded the Mason & Hamlin Company in Boston, Massachusetts, considered by many the birthplace of American piano design and manufacturing.
Henry Mason was a member of one of America’s oldest families—they were actually descendants of Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower. The Masons were renowned for their involvement in the arts. Henry Mason was a pianist and his brother, William, was one of America’s foremost classical pianists and composers.
Their father was the famous composer and educator, Lowell Mason, a visionary who was the first to bring music into the public schools of America. He was also known throughout the world as a composer and publisher of hymns, and is often called the “father of American church music.” Two of his hymn tunes in our book are “Joy to the World” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
As a testament to the enduring quality of a well-made piano, in 2012 Mr. David Featherstone of Dallas, Texas completely rebuilt this piano including sounding board, strings and action. But the basic bones of the piano, its shape and structure are what gives this 6’ piano the rich qualities of a 9’ piano. Featherstone also painstakingly kept the piano tuned and maintained throughout the course of this many-month recording project.
“I love that my children have grown up learning, singing, and memorizing hymns. I praise the Lord for calling and gifting David and Barbara Leeman to create and produce Hosanna, Loud Hosanna, The Student Hymnal, so that children may have their eyes turned upon Jesus. But this hymnal is a tremendous resource to help ALL ages of God’s people to worship him in spirit and in truth—privately in family worship and in corporate worship. Now the beautiful accompaniment recordings enables us to sing along in our private or even public worship. What a gift! Take time to listen, sing, and learn about he God to whom ALL of these hymns point. You will be blessed!”
“In recent years we have had the privilege in life to become parents. And, though we have not worked as extensively as many in children’s music, lately we have spent more time writing and reflecting on the subject since we now have two little daughters of our own.
It is particularly unusual, given the fact that much children’s literature today is story-driven, highly involved, complex, mystical and requiring such intellectual commitment, that in comparison, much current children’s theological teaching, songs and even worship to Almighty God can be so simplistic and shallow rather than telling the ascendant and beautiful story of Christ. It is refreshing to see a book of hymns selected for children to sing that tell the gospel and teach complex biblical truths in a timeless way.
Our fellow countryman, C.S. Lewis, said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty.” We believe the same is true of songs and singing.
We are so excited about the publication of this hymnbook for children. Our prayer is that our children will be singing theologically-rich hymns such as the ones found here long after we are gone and will continue to pass them on from generation to generation.”
“I was so touched, so blessed, so amazed by the beautiful Hosanna, Loud Hosannas Student Hymnal! When I turned to the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” and saw that beautiful print, “The Song of the Lark,” I just had to stop for a long moment and admire that stunning print – it is so filled with meaning in so many ways! …I hope that future generations of young people will be blessed and inspired when they use this wonderful hymnal!”
“I wholeheartedly recommend Hosanna, Loud Hosannas Student Hymnal especially for Christian families. It provides one of the best learning aids for hymnal education that I have ever seen. We have easily integrated into our daily practice of family worship. After seeing its high quality, we ordered one for each of our children. What a wonderful keepsake for them and their future families!”
“Hosanna, Loud Hosannas is much more than a hymnal. Each of the carefully selected hymns includes biographical information about the author, notes about the music and deeper exploration into the theology expressed in the hymn. The beautifully produced book includes vivid art reproductions.”
“It should not be an unrealistic goal for every Christian household to own a hymnal. This would be an excellent one to start with.”
“David and Barbara Leeman bring a wealth of experience to this endeavor, including years of experience teaching music to children. Their love of hymnody and what it adds to our worship shines in this collection. The book is nicely bound and will serve the child who owns it for many years of use. It is one of the few books that is worth buying for each child in the family to use. This is a book to won, to give children and grandchildren, and a book to use for your own purposes, particularly if a traditional hymn book is daunting. Highly recommended.”
“We’ve loved adding this book to our family. I’ve enjoyed relearning many of the songs from my youth and passing down to my sons the traditions of the Church. Hymns may seem dull and boring to you, but besides being rich is theology, praise, and encompassing the full scope of the Christian life, they connect generations. My 78 year Nana and my 4 year old son can sing Blessed Assurance together. What a beautiful picture that is of Jesus’ multi-generational Body. If you’re looking to add song into your family devotions I’d start here.”
“Hosanna, Loud Hosannas: “Essential Hymns Every Child Should Sing,” it is a unique new resource every Christian parent should consider acquiring and using. can be used in a variety of settings, whether Sunday school, children’s worship, or family devotions at home. With beautiful artwork and detailed indexes for easy searchability, it is a gift to students, parents, and grandparents alike.”
“In my view, hymnals are next to the Holy Scriptures in importance. They are an indescribable repository of theological truth, abundant scripture references, beautiful music paired with time-honored texts, great poetry, plus significant history lessons relating to composers, writers and the reasons for writing what they did. The contents of hymnals paint a rich picture of God’s people as a singing people of faith.”
“The Song of praise to God-with-us cannot be stilled, because it does not depend merely on us or on any other generation. We live with the echoes of earlier believers still sounding in our ears.”