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Author: Richard Schletty
Well, not so sure this works. But here goes. I tried half-singing over a slow hip-hop soundbed. I also did a straight narration. What's-Left-Is-Beauty-hip.mp3 What's-Left-Is-Beauty-narrated.mp3
Author: Richard Schletty
Alex, I'll be back at it with you in a few days. I hit a pothole here with work and income. 
Author: Alex John (not verified)
Extremely well done! I have been wanting to put my work out there in glory of GOD and I think with this Collab we can reach even potentially non-belivers and for me if it makes one person think about GOD who didn't used to then it's worth it. 
Author: Richard Schletty
I sing psalms and liturgical songs based on scripture every weekend at two Catholic churches. I appreciate our Catholic heritage very much. I was fortunate to have a Catholic school eduation with priests, sisters and lay teachers instilling in me a deep appreciation of the Trinity. My mother was a very devout Catholic.  Like you, Dan, I am in awe of the "ancient stories and places." What we must try to do is keep these precious narratives alive and relevant for us now, today, in our...
Author: asiansa09
i keep thinking about the joy and the treasure that I get to know about Christ and Sorrowful Mother Mary, especially they are from Jerusalem.  It is a far away place from where I came from.  I thought I found the king treasure for myself.  I am so honor to write about them.
Author: Richard Schletty
Check out my "narrative" style of singing in this project:  www.hungryforheaven.com Especially: 1st Movement (starting at 2:35) 10th Movement 11th Movement 4th Movement has some good beats. So, you see that your words could be made quite epic!
Author: Richard Schletty
Dear friend, you set before me songwriting challenges that few are willing to take on. You have inspired me.  Some might say that your lyrics are "badly written" with "broken English." They may say "that's just a poem...that can never be a song." But I am trying to demonstrate that it is possible to use ANYTHING as a launchpad for writing a song. As I work with your lyrics, I try to stay true to your intent. I use many of your phrases or individual words because I know they have great...
Author: Richard Schletty
You are telling me to "leave it as it is." That is not what Pat Pattison at Berklee College of Music will be teaching you. To craft a really fine song, a person needs to keep revisiting it and perfecting it. "Write, rewrite, rewrite!" is our mantra.  Often, songwriters have their songs reviewed by peer songwriters. I went through many revisions on this song already. I am asking others here for their feedback. In fact, I want you to tell me how your friend with the guitar likes it. Is...
Author: asiansa09
I think you should leave it as original music that you sing the first time, don't loose the special moment that you think of the song when you first approach it.  Often people change it the second time, they change the purpose too.
Author: asiansa09
I am so grateful that we get to work on several songs for the past weeks. I notice that we are approaching different styles of the song lyric into music: 1.  "God's gifts for all the world" is beautiful done by Richard write his own song lyric for the song and Dan Vi Nguyen think of the original ideas for the song. 2.  "For the love of humanity" is a chant style of music. 3.  "Christ makes our world so beautiful" is a song lyric turn into poem style of music. 4.  "...
Author: asiansa09
Do you think we should leave this song as a poem or sing it?
Author: Alex John (not verified)
I think what you did with "Time Watch" was extremely effective and if it proves to be a bit difficult to add beats or music we can always keep that style. But I do like the idea of creating a new style.  - Alex.
Author: Richard Schletty
Adding a beat and music will be more challenging because I have not done Rap or Hip-Hop in the past. Maybe we can create a new style: Soft-Rap, Soul-Rap or God-Hop. 
Author: Richard Schletty
I'll lay it down and try to make your good words resonate. 
Author: Richard Schletty
Yes, I have many voices. Glad you like it. Is it too fast or rocking?
Author: asiansa09
Don't change your singing voices for the song, because I think it is very different tone of voices compare to other songs you sing.  I like your voices the way you first pick it.  I surprised when I first heard it.
Author: Alex John (not verified)
If you want to use the other two tracks I upload aswell please do. I am in the process of writing some more material.  GOD Bless. Alex.
Author: Richard Schletty
Thanks, Alex. I just reposted the MP3 file. I pitch corrected my solo voice at the very end. I also posted a simple lead sheet with guitar chords.
Author: Richard Schletty
I posted the lead sheet (lyrics and guitar chords) here: https://www.topcatholicsongs.com/enchristment-nguyen-schletty I also reposted the MP3 file. I pitch-corrected my solo voice at the very end. 
Author: Richard Schletty
Yes, I will provide sheet music soon. I will start with a lead sheet with chord names.
Author: asiansa09
Would you also provide sheet music for the song "Enchristment."  Someone is request me to provide sheet music so that they can play the song for him/herself.
Author: Alex John (not verified)
Well done guys on producing a beautiful piece.
Author: Alex John (not verified)
Below I've attached another track that I thought (when you have time) you could record. It's one in particular I felt gave a strong message. Anyway thank you for agreeing to the collaboration and I too hope it draws some folks in. GOD Bless. Alex. What's Left Is Beauty  1st Verse: So we go on in this quest for answers And hopefully do what's best by removing our spiritual cancer... I don't know how love can't be the way As I flow I hope you get to know me as I pray... GOD's perfect...
Author: Richard Schletty
Yes, Alex. I'd be interested. I have limited time (due to trouble making money) but this is important work, God's work. I, too, felt that this is a fresh, non-Nashville, non-GIA approach. Might draw some folks it. Kinda related, in a way, to cool poetry readings from decades ago. Kinda theatrical, too. A soliloquy like the one in Carousel.  Check out the Spirit-driven meditation song I just finished with Asiansa09. Gives you an idea of the extra voices in my head! Plus I play guitar "...
Author: Alex John (not verified)
Hi Richard,                    Would you be intrested in putting out a small project together using my lyrics and your voice (in the same spoken word form you did previously)? I played the track for some of my friends and they think it's a fresh approach to a way of using lyrics and reading to glorify GOD. I was think an EP or something similar. Hope you are well and GOD Bless. - Alex.
Author: Richard Schletty
Thank you for mentioning that. I just changed a couple more words to make it even easier for children.
Author: asiansa09
I really like the way you write the song lyric, I get the feeling that the song lyric is easy for young people to relate.  Words is not hard to remember, which is good things.
Author: Richard Schletty
Prosody is the process of melding words and music together to form a song that flows easily and naturally. With good prosody, the words will be as effortless to sing as if they were spoken. And with good prosody, the music will support and reflect the mood and meaning of the lyrics. In talking about the message that you want to convey, we should call that the storyline or theme or subject. I hope I am staying faithful to your intended message. I try to imagine myself in a church or a...
Author: Richard Schletty
Hi. Just looking at your lyrics now. Not sure what you mean by asking if they are stable or unstable. One approach to songwriting is to first decide what meter and pace you want for the song. You can set up a 3/4 or 4/4 beat with a drum track or metronome. Then speak the words and see if they flow naturally. Pay attention to stressed and unstressed syllable. Important words should be stressed or accented. Unimportant words like "the" or "on" should be unstressed. Multi-syllable words should be...
Author: asiansa09
I think the prosody for the song lyric is that I try to convey a message involve myself and Mother Mary church.