So, since I'm a liberal, I'm not supposed to notice that Google routinely ignores hugely popular Christian holidays such as (oh, for example) Easter--the news media labels all such observations as right-wing in nature, though that doesn't seem reasonable. But, I mean, Easter happens to be big in 95 countries across the planet, with many or most of them making it a Monday public holiday. So why would Google treat a worldwide event as... nothing? I think the current answer from Google is that it chooses not to honor any religious holiday, though of course it won't say why. (Did someone say "PC"?) I do recall, a while back, reading a lame statement from Google in which the age-old SMC (somebody might complain) excuse was hauled out. The SMC excuse usually includes some version of "they'll complain if we do, and complain if we don't." Really? Google is, like, the hugest internet company out there, and it can't field complaints? An entity that doesn't seem all that concerned in the first place about what people think? "Oh, no--Google just crashed! Oh, my God--it's finished! It's closing its doors. It's done. Somebody complained!!!" We'd better be careful.
Today's Google doodle, which isn't showing up on my home page (which goes to Google) honors Senegal Independence Day 2021. Now, Easter is celebrated in Senegal, which means that, in a very strained sense, Google is acknowledging Easter. That should be enough for us, I guess.
Meanwhile, I have Easter hymns for you. I should have gotten these posted much earlier, but I've just been... out of it. More accurately, my sinuses have been out of it. Pollen is high today. I have no idea why, and it seems a little too early in the season, but I just visited a pollen-count website--and my sinuses never lie, anyway. If they have, they've never been caught.
All 78s ripped from copies in my collection. The Mennonite tracks are from an excellent mono LP gifted to the blog by Diane. (Thanks, Diane!) And you've got to love the old-fashioned close harmony of the Whitney Brothers Quartet. Well, you don't have to, but you should. Just a suggestion. And I'm not totally sure why Old Rugged Cross is an Easter hymn, but any number of sources identify it as such. I think of it more as a Good Friday number, but I suppose it works for Easter.
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Christ Arose! (Robert Lowry)--Shannon Quartet, 1925
He Lives (Alfred H. Ackley)--Mennonite Hour A Cappella Chorus
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (Charles Wesley)--Louise Homer, Contralto w. orchestra, 1922
The Light of the World Is Jesus (Bliss)--Whitney Brothers Quartet, 1908
Old Rugged Cross (Bennard)--Criterion Quartet, 1926
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (Charles Wesley)--Mennonite Hour Men's Quartet and A Cappella Chorus
Memories of Easter--Pts. I and II (Robert Hood Bowers)--Marie Morrisey and Columbia Stellar Quartette, 1919
He Lives (Ackley)--Unknown Choir (Word Records)
The Old Rugged Cross (George Bennard)--Marion Talley, 1928
Thine Is the Glory (Burdy--Arr. from Handel)--Mennonite Hour A Cappella Chorus
Ye Sons and Daughters--Same
Christ Arose--Easter Hymn (Lowry)--Collegiate Choir, 1920
Christ Is Risen (Abram B. Colb)--Mennonite Hour A Cappella Chorus
I Know That My Redeemer Lives (Charles Wesley)--Same