Carol Blair grew up singing hymns in Sunday school, church, youth group, and Bible camp in the summer. As a child, she knew dozens of hymns by heart – all the verses – just by singing them frequently. Early on, she recognized the value of hymns in the life of the Believer, and about 30 years ago, influenced by the late Dr. Al Smith, she became interested in the serious study of hymns. She began researching and writing about all aspects of hymns, as well as teaching courses and seminars in Hymnology — the formal study of hymns. Throughout her 18 years in East Texas, Carol has spoken to a variety of church and home-school groups about hymns. She plays the clarinet and the piano, but nothing gives her greater joy than to speak about hymns to anyone who will listen.