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Author: Alexander John
Great song and video. I always find myself tapping my foot and smiling to the music you have done that I have listened to. Really great music Captain. Thank you for sharing
Cool how it transitions to cool jazz about halfway through. Thanks for sending this song upstream to TCS!
Author: John Bennett
We'd love to have you come play your original songs on stage at our local Christian songwriters showcase.  We welcome Catholic songwriters and have promoted Catholics on our past compilation CD releases.. If you'd like to sample one of our shows please come to our September show: SONGWRITERS SHOWCASE       SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26,  2 - 4 PM Dunn Brothers Coffee 1160 County Road E West Arden Hills, MN 55112 Worshipping and spreading God's LOVE through our songs,  ,...
Hello, John Bennett! Glad to see you signed up here at TCS. Thanks for sharing your upbeat song about "the time that fits in God's plan". – Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem followed by his suffering, death and resurrection. Amen.
Email me at info@topcatholicsongs.com. I will then send you a Dropbox or Box "file request" upload link. No hurry on this. Whenever you have the time. The Audacity track exports approach is perfect. I do have Mac Audacity, by the way.

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Author: balynch88
Thank you for the offer! So far I have done everything in Audacity, I can export the tracks individually, all trimmed to the same length so they can be imported into any DAW and still line up. I'd have to double check that particular song to see how many tracks are in it, but I typically get them done in under 12 tracks, sometimes more if I split the stereo channels. I can mail a data disc to you, or try to send electronically somehow.  It would be nice to hear someone else's take on a mix...
Aha. I was sorta thinking that you lacked confidence in singing. Be confident. The words are so important. Bring them forward. Thanks for posting the lyrics. Well written. I'd be willing to do a "Schletty Remix" on this if you are willing, just for kicks. What DAW/sequencer app do you use? I have Logic, Cubase and GarageBand. 
Author: balynch88
Thank you for the advice. Singing is my least favorite part of recording so it's probably subconsious that I leave the vocals a touch burried and the instruments more clear, but I will work on it.  Here are the lyrics: I was running down the road Life was beating me down I'd seen to many troubling things I had, yes I had, to get out of town I was looking the for the woman I heard prayed for us all I had to ask for a favor I saw her standing, by the cross, in a blue shawl Hail Mary,...
Thanks for sharing this song, Brian. I can't understand some of the lyrics but I get the general sense of your encounter with Mary.  I listened to your other songs at Spotify and several of those songs have more clarity/presence in your voice. I recommend making your vox track centered and equalized on this song to bring out more presence. Pan instruments left and right of center and tone them down a bit. Just some friendly suggestions from a fellow do-it-yourself recording artist....
Let us pray for a profusion of grace and clarity to offset the confusion and illusion that beset many of us. Thank you, Filippo, for this song which traverses illusion and reaches out to God in hope.
Hogcurl wrote: "While the Chinese Communist Party has elevated monsters to power that have destroyed people's rights, the Catholic Church elevates Christ from whom all true freedom comes." Well stated. Keep your parodies flying high!
Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Greg Pierson from Cincinnati. I am part of a duo called the Pierson-Young Project. My partner is Steve Young. Steve and I have known each other since we were teens in a charismatic prayer community called New Jerusalem. We played music in coffee houses and in our music ministry in NJ.  As we got older we went off to live our lives; marriage, children, and professional careers. I am now retired but Steve is still working. Steve reached out to me in 2015...
Author: balynch88
Never annoyed at comparisons, I'll take it as a compliment! I have not listened to that album so I will check it out. 
Author: balynch88
Keep the hits a coming! Streaming your tunes as I type.
Author: Cora
I've been looking for this version and finally  found the one I grew up with, that is, Maria's version.  Back in the early 70's they used to sing it at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Metro Manila, Philippines.  I remember it having been sung with several verses but only the 1st verse stuck in my head, the one Maria sang. Back then it was sung during Holy Communion. I remember this because we only came to this church annually during the 9 day novena for Our Lady of...
Thank you, Richard.  I've reached out.  :-)
Looking as robust as ever, Father!  Songwise, I appreciated the changing time signatures. 
Enjoyable!  Thank you for this interpretation.  
Brian,  Good to hear you're doing more music.  You're far more prolific than we are - takes us forever.  I don't know if you're complimented or annoyed at comparisons to other artists but back in the day I used to listen to Pete Yorn's musicforthemorningafter and some of your vocal stylings in this "Hail Mary, Mary" record fondly bring me back to those days.   Thanks for posting this!
I enjoyed this - I like things that are a bit different - use of art to make a point or capture a mood.  And it is sure comforting to know that God always has our back regardless of our perception! Romans 8:38-39
Katie,  Thank you for sharing, this was great.  Poignant yet hopeful - you captured it well!
Author: balynch88
Awesome job! Found your music on spotify and listened to a number of the tracks, they are all great.  Hope others check out the rest of your work as well. I hope this is the right link for your spotify page for others to listen as well: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3F36ppwnF0IDBtM1uFGWbc Very inspiring, thank you for sharing your music with us. 
Katie, this is a powerful and beautiful song. Thank you so much for sharing your backstory with us. May you grow even stronger in your faith journey. Live the good life with the One who matters. You are an inspiration.
Author: Nothingless
This is beautiful, very well written and played, congratulations!!! I loved the unexpected solo too!!! with an even more unexpected Steve Vai guitar ;)))
Truer words were never sung to this tune! Congratulations on another upbeat, catchy track for your collection of Catholic parody songs. 
Fr. Maximilian: This is an unexpected joy to see your song animated like this. Great job. Hopefully, it will attract lots of listeners who will take to heart your message of love for our Savior and King, Jesus Christ.
Benjamin, I really appreciate your positive comments about TCS and am glad to hear about your association with Lee O'Day who programs a Catholic radio station. Good to hear that some TCS artists are getting airplay there! I encourage both you and Lee to contact Rob Ayoub who programs CME Radio: www.catholicmusicexpress.com/cme-radio  (make a comment in the Comments section) Or send an email to music@catholicmusicexpress.com
Thank you :-)
Eucharistic catechesis in an East Asian vessel. Take that, Kim Jong-un!  A worthy project. Bravo. One more way to bring the Good News to the world.
Another good one. Father's instinct for melody continues to shine. Good retro vibe to the tune. For those who don't Spotify I used YT here's the link: https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=vCEdKSZcBSo&feature=share
Thank you. There are 3 more of this type. One you haven't heard yet but will soon and two that get recorded tomorrow. The Chinese propaganda songs seems to require tight and punchy lyrics. It's not the case with fully original stuff which will start to trickle out after that, at least a few songs to make enough to have a CD to hand to the old ladies who sit near me after Mass!
Your memory is fine, I believe I just communicated that I was going to write him but I don't know if I told you that I had actually written him ha ha. Yes, he does have verve. :-)
Captain H: So far, I haven't commented much about your lyrics. They are good. They teach the truths and aims of the Catholic Church in catchy rhyming phrases. I hope that people of all ages will benefit from these lessons. I like this short stanza: Food needs salt Eyes need light Well said!
See how dim my memory is? Oh well. Maybe Nick will resurface soon. He has verve.
Yes sir. I checked out and enjoyed his music. I also emailed him back in April at his email associated with his web site. 
Yes, I remember you did it correctly on prior posts. You are welcome. Keep those songs coming. By the way, Nick Alexander was one of the founders of this website. Drop him a line and tell him that you appreciate what he and a few other members of CAM (Catholic Association of Music) started back in 2007.  https://www.catholicmusicministries.com
Thank you for fixing that. I had done it correctly with the last one and apparently forgot how. Thank you also for the feedback! 
Captain H: I fixed your YouTube embed. You should click on Source and paste it in. Then click on Source button again to switch back to visual editor. The instructions are at the top of the home page. You have some nice vocal polyphony going toward the end. I would be careful of rushing certain phrases. Some are hard to understand unless one is watching the YouTube subtitles. Don't try to pack too much into a line.  These songs styled as miltary marches and national anthems are...
Thank you, sir! No issues with copyright so far.  These aren't copywritten in China but some are in the USA weirdly enough.  I'm confident my use is "fair use" as parody.  This is partially why the silly communist band name, etc, to reinforce that it's lawful parody.  Only issue I've had is the rightsholder wanted to retain rights for my use of the melody for "Without the Catholic Church, We'd Have No Holy Bible" by running potential ads for their benefit on YouTube.  I...
Upbeat. In lockstep with our Marian tradition. Have the Kremlin or the CCP contacted you yet about usurping their tunes? LOL.  Keep going! What a unique project!
Thanks, Captain, for taking a listen and citing your favorite arrangement of that old tune. Of course, it may not be the tune from Yolanda's childhood, but I tried!
Thanks for answering Yolanda. I was curious. Everybody thinks their opinion matters and I'm no exception so I want to state I liked the Fr. J. Roel Lungay version better - at least for listening. 
Excellent musical setting of an ages-old maxim. The best return comes from investing in the work of the Lord with one's whole heart, mind and soul. Trent Williamson's harmonica is a beautiful overlay. Well sung. Well played. 
Wow! Thank you so much, Alex. Glad you found encouragement from it. :-) 
Thank you so much for your kind words. The creative process is interesting in that it can feel like output comes from nowhere and other times the creative can push himself to make output. If you want more output but it's not coming, force yourself and see what happens! (This free advice is worth what you paid for it) Yes, we have others, all in the same vein, and more coming. At present this continuously updated YouTube playlist is the most concise place to hear them though all are available...
Author: Alexander John
There is something about the way you deliver your music that puts me in an upbeat and good mood whenever I hear it. It's extremely unique and catchy. I really enjoy the originality and it keeps my head bopping and thinking at the same time. Keep up the great work! - Alex.
Author: Alexander John
At the moment I'm almost out of lyrics but I hope to do another project. I was thinking of doing a full length album that is a concept piece, but I'm not sure which direction I should go. Maybe incorporate some of my life story and my journey with Christ. Anyway I hope to write and record more soon. I also wanted to let you know that the track you did about the Catholic Church and Holy Bible is extremely catchy, unique and just straight up awesome. All the best, Alex.
Hey Alex~ Having peroused your work here and on a music service a time or two, when I read these words the voice I heard in my head was yours. More tracks in the works? 
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. 
Author: balynch88
Liked your music, had to listen to a couple of the songs, will plan on sitting down and listening to the entire EP soon. Keep up the good work. 
Here are two Divine Mercy songs that Dan vi Nguyen and Richard Schletty composed: God's Gift to All the World (Nguyen, Schletty, van Haren) For the Love of Humanity: a Divine Mercy chant based on messages from Christ to St. Faustina
Author: balynch88
Thank you for listening, I also enjoyed the song you posted, great orchestration. Will keep an eye out for more of your work in the future. 
Author: Alexander John
That is very kind of you to say and I appreciate the lovely feedback. Im glad you enjoyed them! Stay safe and God Bless. I will also let my dad know that you dig his production. All the best, Alex.
Alex,  I've haunted this site for maybe a month and have enjoyed your tracks.  At one point I went back and found stuff from last year.  I enjoy hearing spoken word performance with your cool accent and of course I love the subject matter.  Oh, and your dad did a great job with the BGM.  
Enjoyed this approach to music.  It's familiar and yet different.  I like the "throwback" feel and your deliberate marketing using similar language to differentiate your music.  A couple weeks ago I had this on repeat for like 2 hours as I cleaned house.  When I clean house, I need to feel like I'm already walking on water as it's not my favorite task.  
Listened to this whole record last night and went kind of nuts over the "Don't Be Afraid to Shine that Light" track.  Also enjoyed the natural approach to vocals, I think it fits the style of your music.  For our vocals we had to comp like crazy and Melodyne the heck out of the General Secretary's Nephew's voice to get his privileged tail to sing in tune.   
Why can't more of you be like your Webmaster here?  Unsolicited positive comments to the General Secretary's Nephew's band.  We normally have to extract these types of comments after our forced education sessions. 
This reminds of Monty Python's Flying Circus when they'd say, "And now for something completely different." Your song is entertaining and didactic. I've been reading "Patrology" by Johannes Quasten so your short history of ecumenical councils, heresies and guidance by the Holy Spirit, all as part of Catholic Bible development, resonates with me. Thank you for sharing! 
Author: Nothingless
Thank you Richard, my friend it's a joy to receive your encouraging words blessings and prayers from Israel  
A rockin' reflection on all the goodness of our Creator that surrounds us throughout life's journey. Excellent mix and nice imagery. Happy Easter to you, my friend.
This is beautifully done.  Guitar and voice are simple and sublime. A heartfelt prayer. Thank you for sharing. I embedded your YouTube video for you. The instructions are in the blue box at the top of the home page.
You have been an inspiration me, Dan Vi. I sang two of the songs we crafted together on Divine Mercy Sunday at the Church of Saint Mary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Author: Steve Byrne
What a beautiful piece!  Very well done, Jane.  
Author: asiansa09
It is such a treasure to tap into the sainthood direction. I guess I feel better just to be simple minded when I first know about Saint Faustina through the Divine Mercy of Christ.  But when I get to know more about the direction of sainthood in Catholic, I realize it is a tremendous resources that we haven't explore it throughly.
You are welcome. This is our original post from September 28, 2017. I sang this song on Good Friday at the prayer vigil sponsored by plam.org in front of Planned Parenthood's abortuary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I also sang God's Gift to All the World.
Author: asiansa09
Thank you for mention me on your post.
Thank you, Filippo. I am glad you like this. The woman who inspired me to do this is Dan Vi. Her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus runs deep. 
Author: Nothingless
This is beautiful!! I love the st Faustina writings, are really worthy to be sung, you created an intimate and appropriate acompaniement of her message
Thank you, Alex, for listening and commenting. Grace and peace.
Dear "zorahope", I'm glad you can help shed some light on the way this song should be sung. I was working blind, never having heard it before I attempted to sing it from the sheet music arrangement in Hymnal for Young Christians. I was confused by the cut time assigned to the piece. The verses seemed to go way too slowly, so that's why I sang them the way I did. I subsequently purchased Blue's original vinyl album. I might post the origonal recording – perhaps the...
Author: zorahope
I know I'm seriously late to this conversation (about 6 years late!), but I stumbled upon it looking for something else and these posts caught my eye because I, too, grew up singing and playing this song in our little Catholic church in North St. Louis, MO.  Richard, on your YouTube version, you are playing the verses twice as fast as your refrain. When I played it back in the day, I kept the same time signature throughout. We actually did it more as a 4 than as cut time, but that...
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