Elizabeth Eaton ‘Connie' Converse was born in Laconia, New Hampshire in 1924 to strict God-fearing parents. Exceptional at school, she gained an academic scholarship to Mount Holyoke College and had one kind of life in order and on track when she threw it in and left, after two years' study, for New York City. In 1949 she bought a guitar and soon after started writing songs. She worked as a printer and lived alone in Greenwich Village. A man-about-town with an ear for music by the name of Bill Bernal heard her in private gatherings in Manhattan and alerted his friend Gene Deitch. Deitch, an animator, had recorded artists such as John Lee Hooker and Pete Seeger live on tape. He invited Converse to his Hastings-on-Hudson home to record in his kitchen. It is his incredulous voice that can be heard on the tape asking "when" and "how" at the end of one of her songs.
Yet, in a 1974 Eternity magazine article, the popular evangelical writer, Joe Bayly, made some distinction between “homosexuality” in the Bible and “total judgment of the homosexual person”. “For years I have been troubled”, he said, “about a precise identification of every person of this type with the biblical model.” But his antigay sons, PCA ministers, are stridently sarcastic. They mocked fellow PCA minister Tim Keller’s careful attempt to show something of their father’s spirit vis a vis homosexuality in a Q & A at Covenant Seminary. When they did it again, on Keller’s understandably careful handling of issues of Hell, Blair commented on their blog: “I remember their dad and their blogging is no chip off the old block of his good sense.” Tim Bayly noted for their readers: “This Ralph Blair who comments here supporting Tim Keller is a longtime sodomite advocate who claims Inter-Varsity and Evangelical credentials.” (June 3, 2010)