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    New Christian Children's CD

    Dear Friends,

    Recently, I released a new Christian Children’s CD called “Jesus, I Love You.”

    The purpose of this CD is to help little ones learn about the Lord and to teach them songs that will praise Him. It is my small way of helping to evangelize the next generation. The CD includes 6 songs I wrote and 6 instrumentals of the songs so that children can sing along to the songs in a concert or presentation as a class or children’s choir. The lyrics can be downloaded from my website.

    Visit the following CDBaby link to hear the song sample of all of the songs.

    http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/margobsmith4

    Or visit my website at http://www.margobsmith.com/music for song samples and to download lyrics.

    Thank you!

    Love in Christ,

    Margo 

    Psalm 19: Your Words Are Spirit and Life, O Lord (Farrell)

    Psalm 19: "Your Words Are Spirit and Life, O Lord" by Bernadette Farrell. Sung at St. Mary's Church. Lead voice: R. Schletty. Piano: L. Strom. 

    Available at Spirit & Song: http://www.spiritandsong.com/compositions/10406

    REFRAIN: Your words are spirit and life, O Lord:
    life everlasting.

    God's law is perfect, refreshing the soul,
    reviving the weary spirit.
    God's rule can be trusted: bringing us... 

    We Are Many Parts (Marty Haugen)

    Good song with a good message. Guitar and voice: Richard Schletty. Piano: Larry Strom. Note how I soon realized I needed to capo to third fret! Duh.

    We Are Many Parts (Marty Haugen)

    Refrain: We are many parts, we are all one body,
    and the gifts we have we are given to share.
    May the Spirit of love make us one indeed... Read Full Story >>>

    Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God (Haugen)

    Psalm 23: Shepherd Me, O God (by Marty Haugen). Sung at the Church of St. Matthew on 1/16/2016 Read Full Story >>>

    We Three Kings

    We Three Kings sung at the Church of St. Mary, January 3, 2016.

    We three kings of Orient are
    Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
    Field and fountain, moor and mountain...  Read Full Story >>>

    Brightest and Best (Heber, STAR IN THE EAST)

    My voice got better. A cold plagued me at 11:30 Mass on Christmas Day. Here is our prelude song for Feast of the Epiphany on January 3.

    Brightest and Best, a song for Feast of the Epiphany. Text: Reginald Heber. Tune: STAR IN THE EAST, Southern Harmony, 1835).

    Brightest and Best
    Lyrics by Reginald Heber, 1783-1826

    1. Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,
    Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid;
    Star of the East, the horizon adorning...  Read Full Story >>>

    Of the Father's Love Begotten (Divinum Mysterium)

     

    I chose to sing this in key of C rather than Eb. Too much church music is written too high for average voices. When will liturgical publishers get wise re vocal range?

    Words: "Corde natus ex Parentis." Marcus A. C. Prudentius, 348-413. Translated by John M. Neale, 1818-1866 and Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877, alt.

    Music: from a "Sanctus" trope, Mode V, 11th century. "Piae Cantiones," Greifswald, 1582.

    1. Of the Father's love begotten
    Ere the worlds began to be,
    He is Alpha and Omega, ... Read Full Story >>>

    Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

    Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming. Written in key of F. Should be in the key of D! Too high for my baritone voice. I will sing this on Christmas at the Church of Saint Mary in downtown Saint Paul.

    Text: German, 15th century. Verses 1,2: Translated by Theodore Baker, 1851-1934. Vs. 3: Friedrich Layritz, 1808-1859. Translated by Harriet R. Krauth Spaeth, 1845-1925.

    Music: German, 16th century. Speierischen Gesangbuch, Cologne, 1599. Harmony by Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621.

    Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming from tender stem hath sprung!
    Of Jesse's lineage coming as prophets long have sung...  Read Full Story >>>

    "A Colorful Christmas" album - from Classical to Blues to Pop-Rock

    "A Colorful Christmas" is a recently released Christmas album with a wide variety of styling. Richard Schletty contributed three original songs and helped record and/or master four other songs. Richard is happy to be in the company of these hip Baltimore-area artists (former Punk Rock musicians who migrated to Blues/R&B/Pop). Produced by Fetal Records (headed by Azar Dagher who is a TopCatholicSongs.com member). For the songs I worked on, I had brilliant assistance from composer-arranger André van Haren (Sweden) and from Four Hands Project in Spain (Alberto Ayuso Domingo and David Gomez Sanz). The Spanish version of "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" was translated to "Duerme, Niño, Duerme" by my son-in-law, Elias de Andres Martos. He also tried to coach me in Castillian Spanish pronunciation. He says that I sing it with a Minnesota accent. Oh well, I tried!

    Official site: http://www.fetalrecords.com/the-christmas-album
    Awesome review: http://www.stubbyschristmas.com/home/a-colorful-christmas-fetal-records-...

    Happy Holidays and Holy Days,
    Richard Schletty

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