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Author: Richard Schletty

I do not like the Em key of this song. Too high for my baritone voice. My voice seized up on the high E notes on the third verse this past weekend when singing at St. Mary's and St. Matthew's. GIA should republish this in Dm or Cm instead of Em. I may re-record my demo in a transposed key – just to demonstrate how the song could be more pleasing to the ear. I will also slow it down! This rendition is too hurried. I need to do ritards at the ends of the verses.

Music by Marty Haugen. Copyright © 1983, GIA Publications. 

God mounts His throne to shouts of...

Author: Richard Schletty

The Everlasting

God is shrouded in history, in mystery.
Prior knowledge infuses me, confuses me.

The Everlasting ever casting

Author: Richard Schletty

Scott AitkenSpotlight on Scott Aitken (from Scott's profile posted here at Top Catholic Songs).

Scott Aitken: Producer / SingerSongwriter / Engineer / Former Frontman for Leap of Faith, Sacred Heart Production Studios.

From a 3.9 GPA at Full Sail University to a Full-fledged audio recording and production studio, Scott Aitken has run the gamut of the music industry. Whether running the sound board for Rock and Roll Hall of fame legend Dion or making on-stage appearances with world-famous Tony Melendez, Scott’s...

Author: Alexander John

1st Verse:
To walk-a-holy-life
Is to do more than talk-while-I'm-holding-the-mic...
So I try and live the...

Author: Richard Schletty

Here is the result of a collaboration done in two days between me, Dan vi Nguyen (user asiansa09) and André van Haren. Dan's original post is here – you can see how the song progressed.

4/29/2017: A piano-guitar-voice score (PDF file) has been added to the end of this story. It is free for you to download. I am grateful to my colleague, composer...

Author: Richard Schletty

Details here: St. James Music Press $10 Anthem Program

May 10, 2017  - Our $10 Anthem Program 

Here are this week's $10 anthems. Another "summer choir" hit, and an SAB anthem that is just lovely!

Don't forget, if you have a summer choir, we have a whole collection of one-rehearsal anthems. (Look under "Collections.")

You may download these two without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is just $10 (per-anthem please...) You can send us a check. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library.

Yes, it's the honor system. We trust you....

Author: Richard Schletty

I'm practicing here for 4:30 Mass on Saturday at St. Mary's Church in downtown St. Paul. Larry will be at the keyboard. Our responsorial after the first reading will be Psalm 33: Let Your Mercy Be on Us. It is found in GIA's RitualSong hymnal and GIA's Gather hymnal. Music by Marty Haugen. © 1987, 1994, GIA Publications, Inc.; Refrain I trans. © 1969, ICEL


Refrain: Let your mercy be on us, O God, as we place our trust in you.

1. Your words, O God, are truth indeed, and all your works are ever faithful; You love justice and right, your compassion fills all creation.

2. See how the...

Author: Richard Schletty

I was inspired by lyrics posted by TCS member asiansa09, in her blog post here at TCS: "For the Love of Humanity." Dan was hoping that someone could set her lyrics to music. I took on the challenge. 

Initially, I composed an upbeat Folk-Gospel styled song which greatly modified Dan's lyrics. It is called God's Gift to All the World and is posted here.

Next, I created a chant-styled song that is much more faithful to Dan's original lyrics and...

Author: Richard Schletty

Easter Sunday 11:30am Mass at the Church of Saint Mary in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. Our small ensemble sings Psalm 118: Let Us Rejoice (This Is the Day the Lord Has Made). Musical setting by Marty Haugen.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! 
This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!

1. Give thanks to the LORD, for God is good, God's mercy endures for ever;
Let the house of Israel say: “God's mercy endures for ever.” (Refrain)

2. The hand of the LORD has struck with power,...

Author: Richard Schletty

Psalm 118 for Second Sunday of Easter - cycle A. Practice recording was made in my basement studio. Second recording was done at St. Mary's Church, 11:30 Mass.

The Revised Grail Psalms Copyright © 2010, Conception Abbey/The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc., All rights reserved.

R. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.

Let the house of Israel say,

Author: aresende

I'm a Catholic musician/composer from Brazil and I'd like to promote my instrumental music inspired by the Seven Sacraments. My site is

My music written in various genres can be found here:

Highlights of Antonio Resende's Sacramentum album:

Author: Richard Schletty

Details here: St. James Music Press $10 Anthem Program

April 19, 2017  - Our $10 Anthem Program 

Happy Easter! Now that the intensity of Holy Week has passed, we hope that you'll give our $10 anthem program a look!

We're still featuring two pieces each week that you may download without becoming a subscriber. If you choose to use one or both, the cost is just $10 (per-anthem please...) You can send us a check. Then make whatever copies you need and put it in your library.

THIS WEEK - we've added a handbell piece!

Yes, it's the honor system. We trust you. Ten bucks.


Author: Richard Schletty

"Psalm 22: My God, My God" for Passion (Palm) Sunday.

Voice and guitar: Richard Schletty. Piano: Mary Joy Rieder. Presented as the responsorial psalm at the Church of Saint Mary, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Passion (Palm) Sunday 2017. Music: Michel Guimont. Text: © 2010 Conception Abbey and The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications.

These images of the Passion of Christ are from the Stations of the Cross located at the Church of Saint Mark in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Stations were restored at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Funding was provided by Saint Mark’s...

Author: Richard Schletty

Above: Recorded at the Church of St. Matthew in St. Paul, MN, on April 9, 2017.

Above: The original version of this song in GIA Comprehensive 2nd edition hymnal is in Bb. I lowered it to key of G in this basement guitar recording. 


Jesus walked this lonesome valley.
He had to walk it by Himself;
O, nobody else could walk it for Him,
He had to walk it by Himself.

We must walk this lonesome valley,
We have to walk it by ourselves;...

Author: Richard Schletty

Here is my basement guitar recording of a traditional song called "Were You There." This one was cut especially for Bob Young the Poet.

Below in the audio player is a recording of the song made at St. Mary's Church on Palm (Passion) Sunday 2017. Richard at mic and on guitar. Mary Joy at keyboard. 

1. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 

2. Were you there when they...

Author: Richard Schletty

A meditation on the suffering, death and rising of Jesus Christ with a harmonica rendition of "Were You There?" Audio and images recorded at the Church of Saint Mark, Saint Paul, Minnesota. These oil-on-canvas Stations of the Cross were restored at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Funding provided by Saint Mark's Council of Catholic Women. Intro text and harmonica by Chris Engelmann. Photography, sound and video production by Schletty Design, © 2017, Chris Engelmann and Richard Schletty.


Author: Richard Schletty

Here are two renditions of "Psalm 22: My God, My God," a responsorial psalm composed by Paul F. Page.

1) Psalm 22: My God, My God (Paul F. Page) – a richly layered demo by Paul with piano, woodwinds and two voices

2) Psalm 22: My God, My God (Paul F. Page) – a barebones demo by Richard Schletty with solo voice and arpeggiated guitar

Free sheet music and audio file links are below.

See numerous other free original liturgical music...

Author: Richard Schletty

Psalm 22: My God, My God. Music by Marty Haugen. © 1983, GIA Publications.

Refrain: My God, my God, O why have you abandoned me?

All who see me laugh at me,
they mock me and they shake their heads:
"He relied on the Lord,
let the Lord be his refuge." (refrain)

As dogs around me,
they circle me about.
Wounded me and pierced me,
I can number all my bones.  (refrain)

My clothing they divided,
for my garments casting lots,
O Lord, do not desert me,
but hasten to my aid. (refrain)

I will praise you to my...

Author: Richard Schletty

Published 3 April 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

This year's Symposium will be spectacular, and the response—from all over the world—has been overwhelming. The musical program, which is close to being finalized, almost seems a direct response to an article I wrote last January entitled True Vs. False Diversity. We have a bewildering variety of styles, and new works by famous composers will be revealed.

The Credo,...

Author: Richard Schletty

Learning this song for Mass at St. Matt's. 

Text and tune by David Haas. (c) 1991 GIA Publications.

REFRAIN: We are the body of Christ. Broken and poured out, 
promise of life from death, we are the body of Christ.

1. Is not the bread of life we break a sharing in the life of God?
Is not the cup of peace out-poured the blood of Christ?

2. How shall we make a return to God, for goodness unsurpassing?
This saving cup we shall hold high and call out God's name.

3. Unless a grain of wheat shall fall, upon the earth, it shall remain 
a single grain; but if it...