Top Catholic Songs is all about discovery. We showcase songs that reflect the Catholic (universal) expression of Christianity. We try to help Catholic songleaders, catechists and group leaders. We offer tips for song selection, guitar playing, singing, songwriting and do-it-yourself song notation (with Sibelius). Become part of our community of Catholic music lovers. Sign up as a registered user. It's free. See Reasons Why People Have Joined TCS. Register today as a user: Create a New Account.

Free online Songwriting course begins April 28, 2014

This free online Berklee songwriting course is open for registration. This course is worth hundreds of dollars. Two of my co-members belonging to the Minnesota Association of Songwriters have completed the online course and highly recommend it. The instructor is Pat Pattison, whose songwriting workshop I attended in Minneapolis-Saint Paul a couple years ago. He was very instructive. If you want to improve your songwriting ability, you will learn something from this course! A new session for this course called "Songwriting" starts on April 28 2014. – Richard Schletty


Learn an efficient, effective process for writing songs that express your ideas and emotions, including a range of tools that revolve around the concept of prosody—the matching of lyrics and music to support your underlying message. READ MORE •••

Vote for your favorite Holy Week and Easter hymns

A request from Nick:

I Need Your Help: Two Quick Surveys

If you want to be a part of the next round of surveys, you can be of great help for me. The more answers I have, the more accurate I can be in discerning which songs are most appropriate for my upcoming podcasts and accompanying songbook resources.

Click here to access The Holy Week Hymns Survey. And click here to access The Easter Hymns Survey. Both surveys will only take a minute of your time.

Nick Alexander

The Platform Revolution - a free video series by Michael Hyatt

Here's a tip from Nick Alexander sent to CatholicMusicMinistries Yahoo group

Hi all!

There seems to be a new video course that's being made by Michael Hyatt.  As I watched the first video, my mind went to CAM.  Indeed, this is exactly what CAM needs to hear.

We at CAM have a message and a passion to get our music out there, and we are often held back due to gatekeepers (music publishers, record companies, the dearth of Catholic radio opportunities), along with our desire to juggle our personal and family lives along with our dream.  READ MORE •••

Top Lenten Hymns Survey: 2014

Check out the results of Nick Alexander's survey by clicking on this link:

Are These The Ten Best Lent Hymns?

Here is a summary of Nick's 2014 survey results:

1. Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days
2. I Heard The Voice Of Jesus Say
3. Adoramus Te, Christe
4. There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy
5. The Glory of These Forty Days
6. Forty Days and Forty Nights
7. Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
8. Attende Domine (tie)
9. Rock of Ages (tie)
10. Take Up Thy Cross (tie)

Note that Nick crafted a songbook resource, in response to this survey, for anybody who wishes to grow in their knowledge of these songs. Click on the link above to download Nick's songbook.

Nick is currently doing surveys of favorite Holy Week and Easter worship songs. Click here to access The Holy Week Hymns Survey. And click here to access The Easter Hymns Survey. Both surveys will only take a minute of your time.

Also see this article which Nick cites in his survey report:
Beyond Ashes by Simcha Fisher

Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) by Katholicus and Catholic Metal artists

Adam Miller of the metal band Katholicus sent admin Richard Schletty info about this groundbreaking project:

Via Crucis is a collaborative project with Catholic Metal artists providing a unique musical setting for the Way of the Cross. The album consists of 14 songs of varying styles of metal from eight Catholic artists. Each song corresponds to one of the fourteen stations of the Way of the Cross devotion. The listener will journey with Jesus from His condemnation to His death on the cross to His burial in the tomb. Each song is unique in its style and interpretation of the particular station.

In between each song, a stanza of the Stabat Mater is performed in imitation of the traditional devotion of the Way of the Cross. The Stabat Mater is a hymn to the Sorrowful Mother (Mary) and is often sung by stanza between each meditation of the particular event or station of the Way of the Cross.

The contributing Catholic Metal artists on the album:

Katholicus: Infectious power rock/metal with passages of soaring guitars
Cradle Catholic: Latin prayer metal band with gothic and death metal overtones
Last Rites: Progressive thrash metal band with classical music underpinnings
Seven Sorrows: High energy blend of punk and metal
Dave Flitton: Composer and guitarist for Catholic rock band, Critical Mass
Malchus: Progressive Death metal band from Poland
Divine Blood: Young industrial metal band from Canada
Theandric: Progressive heavy metal. For this project, provided a reflective acoustic track.

The concept of the album was based on the writings of St. Alphonsus Liguori on the Way of the Cross.

This album is a great companion during Lent or anytime to center oneself to Christ while living in the world. The CD makes a great gift to anyone who loves metal and wants to live life more fully in their faith. This is a great Catholic alternative to secular metal bands.

Preview and purchase here:
CD Baby:

Song of Worship by Elizabeth Schmeidler

Elizabeth Schmeidler wrote to admin Richard Schletty:

I want to share this song/video I just uploaded ... to share during Lent. God bless you!

Elizabeth Schmeidler

givingUP – new charity-inspired Catholic hip hop project

Hello all,

I just released a 6 song EP with two fellow brothers in Christ entitled "givingUP" yesterday. All the songs are inspired by the work of 3 Christian charities and proceeds will be donated equally to those charities. Please consider picking up a copy and/or spreading the word via social media so we can support the efforts of these worthy causes. While you're there, you can even grab our earlier EP, "littleONES," for free:

givingUP album

God bless,
Matt (aka paradox)

Free Holy Week Anthems from St. James Music Press

Mark at St. James Music Press writes:

Since Holy Week and Easter is just a whistle away, we've just put some new music up on the site. But more than that - our good friend and cohort, Robert Lehman, has composed two short anthems for Holy Week that are yours for the downloading. FREE. (Yes, free.)

The Mandatum - A simple and stunning setting of the text traditionally used for the anthems sung at the footwashing service on Maundy Thursday. If you don't have a footwashing service, still consider these for your Maundy Thursday/Holy Week services. You can sing them at communion as well.

Crux Fidelis (anthem for Good Friday)

And, of course, these are FREE! No charge! Yes, it's true.

You do have to log-in to your account.

Peruse the music and a give them a listen (using the "preview" icon on the right). If you like them, go ahead and download the PDF file, print them out, make as many copies as you need, and use them in good health!

So if you haven't given up good music for Lent, head on over to the site and take a look.

Other NEW Offerings

This Joyful Eastertide - J. William Greene
For Organ - based on the hymn tune Vreuchten. Great for a prelude or postlude anytime during the Easter season.

Good Friday Reproaches - Richard Shephard
Traditionally done during the Good Friday service, here is a new setting with new language from Common Worship (UK). Easily accomplished by a good choir, since everything repeats a number of times. Heart rending and especially effective.

And twenty-five new 2014 offerings for Lent, Palm Sunday, and Easter.

Give us a look. You won't be sorry! A subscription that includes EVERYTHING on the site is still just $139 per year. Yes, everything!

Our best wishes for a Holy Ash Wednesday.

Your friends at St. James Music Press

PS. If you are a user of Facebook, please "like" us: We can get a lot of information about new and upcoming works, free music, and events on this page. And, quite frankly, we're very likable!

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