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Author: Richard Schletty
Here are the Stephen DeCesare YouTube videos (from the links posted above). Very nicely done!As editor, I would like to include here Stephen's bio (from http://www.stephendecesare.com)DeCesare, as a composer, is an autodidact. He has over 1200 compositions in his catalog which include religious songs, a Requiem Mass, orchestral pieces, and musicals. He has enjoyed national and international success with many of his compositions such as the "Our Lady of Fatima" and "A Christmas Carol"...
Author: Richard Schletty
Posted by George Lower at his Kickstarter campaign:Hi everyone,Well, it is coming down to crunch time! We have 9 days to go! The pledges keep coming in at a steady pace but we really need to up the ante and get more pledges on board here in these last few days. Let's keep pushing forward! Any amount gets us closer to the goal of full funding! I'm so appreciative for the 41 people who have stepped forward and pledged support so far! Your support means the world to me; and, I will do my best to...
Author: Richard Schletty
Annette, thanks for all you do in your ministry of motivation, reflection and celebration. Your voice is wonderful.
Author: Richard Schletty
I found a used copy of Hymnal For Young Christians on Amazon and recorded the refrain and all 5 verses. The verses are challenging. A YouTube video is posted above. I also located online and ordered an original vinyl copy of the album "Run, Come, See" by Robert Blue which has "Magnificat" on it. My interpretation of the hymnal sheet music may be different than the recorded version. We will see! Comments welcome.
Author: Richard Schletty
I fetched an old copy of "Hymnal For Young Christians" from an Amazon bookseller. Magnificat by Robert Blue is on page 141. I'll record it and share it here. The 8th edition (1970) of Hymnal For Young Christians has the song in the key of G – one and a half steps higher than the key of E posted above. The first edition of the hymnal, published by F.E.L. Publications, was in 1966.
Author: Richard Schletty
Fr. Joseph, it's great to have you onboard here at TCS. Best to you. Your music has spirit and meaning. 
Author: Richard Schletty
"Keep the Fire Burning: The Folk Mass Revolution" by Ken CanedoKTFB-Chapter 8 "Hymnal for Young Christians"FEL's HYMNAL FOR YOUNG CHRISTIANS helped solve the thin repertoire problem of the early Folk Mass days. Featured songs: "I Lift Up My Eyes" by Ray Repp from the 1966 FEL recording, Allelu! "Allelu" by Ray Repp from the 1968 FEL recording, Sing Praise!http://kencanedo.libsyn.com/ktfb-chapter-8-hymnal-for-young-christians-Date: Wed, 18 November 2009iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/...
Author: Richard Schletty
Interesting article from 1990 re Dennis Fitzpatrick and his F.E.L. Publications Ltd.Publisher Won't End Battle Over Hymns - Chicago Tribunehttp://articles.chicagotribune.com/1990-06-13/news/9002180039_1_publishe...Excerpt from the article:F.E.L. Publications hasn`t published any music in 10 years, though it still holds copyrights on about 1,000 songs. Dennis Fitzpatrick is selling real estate in Las Vegas and stubbornly pursuing his legal claims against the archdiocese. He won nearly...
Author: Richard Schletty
Angela, I found a song that may be the one you are looking for. It's called Gonna Catch That Santa, written by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher.Gonna Catch That Santa sheet music and audio preview: http://www.stantons.com/sheet-music/title/gonna-catch-that-santa/23569/Gonna Catch That Santa (link to a Word doc)Here are a few YouTube performances (also embedded at the bottom of my post):  It appears to be written for two groups of singers – part 1 and part 2.Gonna Catch That...
Author: msmith
You are welcome, Richard!
Author: Richard Schletty
Thank you, Margo!
Author: Richard Schletty
Azar, We have an email address music@catholicmusicexpress.com which is set aside for artists to send us music for our streaming radio station, CME Radio. You can address your email to Rob Ayoub. We want to promote artists who have music for sale on CDBaby or iTunes, and it helps if those links can be provided in addition to a location for us to download the album. Thank you and spread the word! Be sure to visit www.catholicmusicexpress.com Richard Schletty
Author: Richard Schletty
Suzanne,Here are some sources of music for your gentle recovery ministry. I know these artists personally and am sure you can receive permission to use their songs.http://www.topcatholicsongs.com/interiors-four-hands-projecthttp://www.topcatholicsongs.com/breath-of-dawn-paul-f-pageAlso, check out music by Jim Cowan, Songs of Praise, Maranatha/Integrity and John Michael Talbot.
Author: Richard Schletty
Thanks, André, for posting this guide for creating sheet muic for four hands for piano. The MIDI export tips are very good to have, also.
Author: Richard Schletty
You're welcome. Mark. Frazier's music reminds me of Tom Petty.
Author: Mark H. Stowers (not verified)
Richard,Thanks for shining some light on my good friend Frazier. He introduced me to "Christian music" back in the early 80s and I got to be his roommate for several years in both college and in Nashville.He's a cool man, a musical talent and a true believer. The world would be a much better place if there were more like him.Thanks again.Mark H. Stowers 
Author: Richard Schletty
Thanks, Frazier, for your words of appreciation for this song. I encourage you to sign on as a registered user so you can make comments w/o needing to be approved by the moderator. Please check back every so often and let us know how it's going. I'd be interested in knowing what songs you do with guitar at your church. What hymnal do you use? Is piano part of your ensemble? Other instruments? How do you balance traditional and contemporary songs? I also play guitar and sing for Masses at my...
Author: Richard Schletty
Survey results are shown after a person has voted. Indeed, I would like for us to help each other promote Catholic artists. Send me a note here: http://www.topcatholicsongs.com/contact
Author: Guest
Thank you for this. I would like to see contacts and results of your survey. I am promoting Catholic artists as part of New Evangelization under www.Catholic-Artists.com and www.Catholic-Artists.org please sign up!
Author: Frazier Riddell (not verified)
I have been co-leading music at my church, Sacred Heart Church Canton MS, for a few years now. It was a new thing, to add guitar to the mass, and there were some who were Not happy. But time marches on, and I have been surprised over time how well the older of the congregation have been open to embrace the newer songs. God is good. I LOVE to do the old traditional songs, and do them quite a bit. I am always looking for something in our book, that actually has a more modern times feel. This is a...
Author: Richard Schletty
You are welcome, Mary. I am sure interested to hear how my friend Tom plays the song on piano. He is very good on keyboard. When he called me the other night, he started out singing it by heart, then grabbed his "Hymnal For Young Christians" to continue on. He pointed out a few mistakes in the verses I had posted. We will make sure everything is correct, to be true to Blue! 
Author: Kirschmt
Thanks for all the research.  Glad I could challenge you! And REALLY glad that you've made so much progress.  This song has haunted me for 20+ years.  I listened to the you-tube guitar segment - it's the right song even if it's not how I remember it exactly. We sang this for our May Procession and for my grade school graduation.  I went to a large school so picture 1200 kids' voices singing this sweet melody.  I recall thinking that it must be what heavenly choirs...
Author: Richard Schletty
Mary, I'm glad you are pleased with our detective work so far. It looks like Lorenz Publishing now owns all the F.E.L. copyrights:  http://www.lorenz.com/copylist.aspx https://us.songselect.com/songs/673591/magnificat http://www.lorenz.com/Copyright.aspx At the third link listed above, it explains how to request a print license (for reproducing the original sheet music) or a mechanical license (for recording and publishing the song as a performance). I'll write to...
Author: Mary (not verified)
Nice work - tracking down fondly remembered hymns that are no longer published is great fun - and trying a different search engine is definitely a good technique. Do you think that this is still copyright?    I would expect that whoever purchased the FEL catalogs believes they own it, and may be upset if you put it here.  Or do you think it's worth the risk?
Author: Richard Schletty
Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria.Hail, Queen of mercy and of love, O Maria.Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,Heaven and earth resound the hymn:Salve, salve, salve Regina! Our life, our sweetness, here below, O Maria!Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,Heaven and earth resound the hymn:Salve, salve, salve Regina!To thee we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria!Triumph,...
Author: Will B. Dunn (not verified)
The famous pop/rock duo, Seals & Crofts, at the very height of their popularity, made one of the boldest moves in pop music history when they came out with their song "Unborn Child" in 1974.  Not only did they record this great pro-life song, but they even named the album "Unborn Child". My favorite pro-life song is "Legal Kill", by King's X.  It's a very accessible ballad, done by some guys who often crank up the rock 'n roll. Another great one is "What Was I Supposed to Be", by...
Author: Richard Schletty
Please see this story which I posted today after doing some Internet searching. I found the words and the chords, but I don't know the melody:  http://www.topcatholicsongs.com/magnificat-as-the-rain-rushes-down
Author: Richard Schletty
http://www.hymnary.org/text/dear_guardian_husband_of_mary_dear_nurse At the above link, note that there are scanned versions of the hymn that appeared in various hymnals throughout the years.   http://www.catholicfirst.com/thefaith/prayers/marianhymns.html#DearGuardian Dear Guardian of Mary Verse 1 Dear Guardian of Mary! dear nurse of her Child! Life's ways are full weary, the desert is wild. Bleak sands are all round us, no home can we see. Sweet Spouse of our Lady, we lean safe on thee....
Author: Richard Schletty
Here are some leads:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Virgo-Rosa-Virginum/dp/B00B4ZQEXWwww.davidyardley.com.au/attachments/Virgo_rosa_virginum.pdf Also see this: http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/queen_of_heave... Virgo, Rosa Virginum, Tum Precor Filium (Queen of Heaven, Blessed May Thou Be) Words: English Traditional, Before 1536Source: Edith Rickert, Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 (London: Chatto & Windus, 1914), p. 23. 1. Queen of...
Author: Richard Schletty
My chords for Queen of the Universe, based on rendition by "Bam Gars" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JnHmdj8x_c VERSEA - E - F#m - F#m - D - E - A - EA - E - F#m - F#m - D - E - A - E REFRAIND - E - A - A7 - D - E - A - A7D - E - A - F#m - D - E - A - E (last time A) V1Mary, Queen of angels and the stars above A light to shine our way from the darkness of the night Mary, you're the one to whom we give our hearts Teach us how to pray and to speak our part. REFRAINYou're the Queen of...