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Glad that it's working again!  That IT pixie dust did it haha.  And yes, I enjoy this site and the dialogues that can happen.  It provides a home for us and I get to hear what others are up to as well as share. 
Thrum is a good word – glad I learned it today. I learned scrum at CSB-SJU (Collegeville, MN) in the early 70s when I first saw our rugby team practice. Huddling and heaving in a tight circle is sure a curious thing. I myself threw discus, javelin and shot put.  Your "ill-fated time in IT" – sounds like a bad dream. Thanks for helping to get some dialogs going here as folks share their music artistry and faith.  Such a joy to have the page refresh now...
Fingers crossed and a prayer wafted cloudward. I think I fixed the problem of the "page not refreshing" after publishing a post or comment. Too geeky to explain. I will keep an eye on things. Thanks, everyone, for your patience.  Any Drupal or WordPress developers here among the ranks who would like to help out with content management, troubleshooting, and a possible migration to Drupal 8 or pro version of WordPress? Richard Schletty Top Catholic Songs
My ill-fated time in IT we had something called Scrum and folks who were Scrum Masters. Not sure if you're familiar outside it's original use which I suspect is sports related. Thrum, a word I did know, got used in the song because of a rhyming dictionary haha. Thank you for your kind comments.
WordPress - something I've heard of before discussing the site with you! :-) 
Thank you!
I tried doing some Drupal 6 updates and troubleshooting. The website was offline for about 40 minutes with various errors. The Drupal 6 CMS (content management system) is getting way too old and crusty. I may have to migrate to WordPress to keep everything fresh and shiny for the future. 
I am having the same trouble. Posts and comments actually do get published but the browser fails to refresh. I am submitting a ticket to SiteGround.com web hosting to have them troubleshoot this issue. 
Another rousing call to battle for Christians against the wickedness and snares of the devil. I like your word rhymes and cadence.  "A billion strong together in a thrum." Thrum is a new word for me! How could I have not known this all my life? Now imagine "a billion strong together in a scrum!"
Oops! Mr Schletty can you kindly remove my triple post? I seem to have hit the button three times thinking my comment didn't upload. :-) 
What a wonderful piece.  I loved the video also as it scrolled and I could follow and attempt to sing along.  Hopefully you get a lot of parishes interested in this and your other selections. 
I hear ya. Melodyne is a necessity for those of us who can't quite sing on pitch all the time. I've tried to improve for many years and sometimes come close. I am 68 years old now and thank God that my range and timbre have been preserved over the decades. I've always had an intermittent problem with glottis spasm when singing sustained notes above high D (w/o going into falsetto mode). That happens sometimes when singing something like "Lift High the Cross" at Mass...
Good information. You fooled me with one voice doing all the tracks! Excellent. And about you using Melodyne on *some* of the tracks...I have the folks that help me Melodyne ALL my tracks - it would be unlistenable otherwise. So don't feel bad in the slightest. These technologies help us do more. 
Thanks for your in-depth comments. Truly appreciated. The original compositions are similar to the Michel Guimont arrangements of English psalms as found in the Revised Grail Psalms from Conception Abbey/The Grail. We sing the Guimont psalm tones most weekends at the Church of St. Mary in St. Paul. Minnesota. However, the Spanish salmo arrangements Tony and I create are a bit simpler than the Guimont arrangements. We try to avoid complex chords, like inversions and difficult "...
First off, I hit the play mp3 button and then when it "didn't work" I played the video. So I started out thinking this was some sort of round as both began playing but not in synch! Haha. As a non-Spanish speaker and relatively unfamiliar with liturgical music (take what I say for what it's worth)  I think this sounds good. It sticks in the mind which is wonderful as it writes the text onto hearts and souls and is carried by the hearer during their days. As guitar is probably the normal...
Thank you for your comment! I created lyrics for Dave's track and recorded my voice for this song 15 years ago! Where has the time gone?
Author: Steve Byrne
I love how this song flows.  Great priduction and lyrcs.  Very prayerful.  My prayers go with you.
"Peaceful and meditative" – just as you said in your description. Reminiscent of some of John Michael Talbot's prayer-songs. Well done. Good guitar work. Sweet vocals.  Keep the songs coming! Do you have your songs available as guitar lead sheets?
This song is a gentle reminder of how the Most Holy Trinity can infuse our being through self-abandonment and welcoming prayer. I like the interplay of voices (polyphony). Thank you for sharing this wonderful composition. 
This sounds good. Reminscent of circle singing and Sacred Harp singing, with harmonic layering and improvised solos led by the Spirit. Well done.
Well spoken. Well sung. Thank you, Fr. Maximilian, for your teaching on the beauty of creation. We must re-instill awe and wonder in our youth.
Author: stevdrak
Captain, thanks for your lovely feedback and for taking the time to comment.   I'm happy that the music could transport you to happy days growing up.  God bless. audra from Color  
I grew up in an evangelical denomination that used only a cappella music and this song, especially the first and last parts with the call-and-response styling, reminds me of this same type of music we sometimes sang.  Enjoyed.  Thank you for sharing!
Father has a gift for weaving a great piece together. Catchy without being gimmicky. Excellent track. 
Author: stevdrak
Thank you Richard, I always appreciate whatever feedback you have to share.  Thank you as well for providing this platform for Catholic artists to minister.  May God continue to bless you 
Captain, you found what I found at St. James Music Press a few years back. A lot of very good music. I posted other stories in the past here at TCS highlighting their seasonal offerings. Just do a search here for St. James Music Press. topcatholicsongs.com/search/node/St. James Music Press
I'm not involved in my parish's music ministry but what a great resource for those who are (and for Catholic music fans like myself).  Just wanted to point out you can see everything and hear many of the songs before you have to pay for the license.  The only risk to look around is the time it takes you to sign up.  Check this out!
Author: asiansa09
How do we get our songs to be in the litergy song book of Catholic church?
The last two songs here are my collaborations with Alex John. I adapted his poetry to create my own takes on his good sentiments re God and love.  https://youtu.be/SD0nlxssm7A?t=1359 22:39​ – Love 101 – by Richard Schletty and Alex John (home studio recording) 26:14​ – God Is On The Scene – by Richard Schletty and Alex John (home studio recording)
Author: Alexander John
Thanks for taking time to listen to my music and I hope you enjoy the EP. 
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