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Author: Richard Schletty

Here is a series of Sibelius 6 Quick Tips posted at YouTube by my friend and music associate, André van Haren, composer and orchestral arranger. André lives in Gothenburg, Sweden. Sibelius is a music notation (engraving) program for creating sheet music. If you want to learn Sibelius quickly, start here with André's Quick Tips! – Richard Schletty A series of Sibelius 6 Quick Tips in which I explain, one at the time, problems that you could encounter in Sibelius 6. André van Haren www.andrevanharen.com

Author: Richard Schletty

Book review by Ignatius Press: See original review here A Voice Undefeated By Collin Raye

When Collin Raye's powerful, golden voice dazzled the country music scene in 1991 with his Number One hit single "Love, Me", country music listeners fell in love with one of the great voices of our time. A new star was rising, and Collin's success continued throughout the nineties with over eight million records sold.

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Author: Richard Schletty

This article by my friend Brad Dunse appeared in Muse's News which is a special section of the website The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource. Every so often we abandon songwriting “How Tos” to scratch around in our heads a little, and there’s some lessons from other writers we just can’t pass up. For instance, Berklee College of Music’s Professor Pat Pattison (best-selling author of Writing Better Lyrics) and country music’s phenomenal #1 hit writer Jeffrey Steele might surprise you with...

Author: Richard Schletty

Special Announcement from John Michael Talbot and The Church Channel

Christian Music Legend and Best Selling Author John Michael Talbot is very pleased to announce that his new TV show "All Things Are Possible" will premier on The Church Channel Wednesday April 2, 2014. The weekly program is a new and exciting presentation of the gospel from a Catholic/Christian base for Christians everywhere!

Each episode of "All Things Are Possible" will include Talbot's inspirational music and a message relevant for...

Author: Richard Schletty

From the Indieheaven blog: http://www.indieheaven.com/blog/?p=1021 Get exposure to over 560,000 with CCM Digital Magazine! The CCM Digital Magazine is a great way for you to get your information in front of tons of new people, and is a very limited offer! CCM Magazine has asked me to let Christian indie artists, bands, worship leaders know about this incredible opportunity! Here’s stats on CCM Digital Magazine: * It is the industry leading magazine, exposing label artists and events for the past 35 years! * It is sent to 1,000,000 subscribers! * Digital PDF Delivery, which doesn’t get lost or eaten by the dog! * These...

Author: Richard Schletty

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

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...

Author: Richard Schletty


"Michael, I absolutely LOVE the wisdom you share in this video. I also hope people pay attention to how you are giving away free video content in order to establish an authority and trust base for your coming videos as well as your great offer that is certain to follow. Well done!"
– Daryl



"Thanks for your clear and concise information. The platform you described will allow me a second chance at a online career. It seems like at age 60+, people want to professionally put you "out to pasture." Seems sad but true. Cyber space and digital platforms recreate opportunities...

Author: Richard Schletty

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

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

Author: Richard Schletty

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) http://www.paradoxhiphop.com...

Author: Richard Schletty

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...

Author: Richard Schletty

Here are some podcasts that speak to Catholic music. Please send us links to your favorite music-related podcasts. Also check out these podcasts which are not available in iTunes: The Music Ministry of Maureen and Bill Hayes ...

Author: Richard Schletty

Sherry posted this at the Yahoo group TopCatholicSongs. Consider giving Deacon Tony a Facebook "like." - Richard Schletty, creative admin



Hi Friends- My musical partner and dear friend Deacon Tony Siino has been doing Parish Missions, speaking engagements and spiritual concerts locally (NY & NJ) for the past 6 years. Ordained in 1991, he is an enthusiastic and dynamic speaker and an outstanding composer of Catholic Christian music. Recently, he was approached by an agency that would like to promote him and take his ministry to the next level. This would be a dream come true for him!! Neither he nor I am not savvy in social media, but we were told that it would...

Author: Richard Schletty

[This note came to me from my friend Luiz in Belem, Brazil. - creative admin R. Schletty]

From: Richard at holysouls.com

Dear Friend of the Holy Souls,

Just wished to share with you a wonderful discovery I recently made. These 22 very talented and devoted young women (average age in the convent is 28) in Missouri at the Benedictine Priory of "Our Lady of Ephesus". They sing together about 3 hours a day always a capella - without any instruments.

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Author: Richard Schletty

Popple Documentary Visit Popple's web site: http://www.popple.us/ ...

Author: Richard Schletty

We are happy to announce our new single, "Bring It Back to Soul" - now available on iTunes, CDBaby, Spotify, Amazon, and other sources. Check out this song and our other releases on iTunes: ...

Author: Richard Schletty

The Second Sunday of Easter is now known as Divine Mercy Sunday, a devotion popularized by Saint Faustina. Here is a list of great songs...

Author: Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander writes: I was really taken aback when I heard this song for the first time. It is truly a remarkable achievement by Curtis Stephan, Sarah Hart and Marc Byrd. It's simple, but it's very deep and profound. I cannot endorse this song enough. (Now, only if the spiritandsong gurus provide a way for this MP3 to be made available for purchase...). Addendum by R.Schletty, 2/11/14: Purchase MP3 and sheet music at one of these sources:...