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Do you know about Solo Thoughts?
It’s a great research tool to help church soloists, musical directors and music committees to find music appropriate to church services — particularly songs for the soloist. It’s called Solo Thoughts and Watchfire Music publishes this quarterly and monthly. We’ve been doing this now for about 8 years.
If you are new to Solo Thoughts, here are more specifics: Solo Thoughts matches 12 to 24 solos per week to each Christian Science Weekly Bible Lesson. It also provides a purchase link to buy in-print sheet music for your church service. This is a very detailed document that cuts your own research time down as well as introducing you to new sacred solo repertoire.
Christmas came gently this year through many exquisite moments. Here are just a few of them:
1. Subway Brother
Peter and I were going through a subway turnstile a few days ago. As I went through first, our shared metro card ran out. Peter searched through his wallet. A bedraggled man who had observed us, stepped up to Peter, took out several metro cards from his pocket and said, “Man, I just want to help you. Here.” And he swiped one of his cards for Peter to pass through. Peter thanked him and offered to pay, but the man just laughed and said, “No, man, I just want to help.”
They looked each other straight in the eyes, shook hands and grabbed each others’ shoulders. A hearty thank you from Peter, and they said goodbye. We smiled and said, “Ah, New Yorkers.” But what we really felt and acknowledged was “There goes the child of God!” It was a Christmas moment.
To My Readers on this Thanksgiving Weekend:
I could not be more grateful for each of you! And for all of the good, all of the music, all of the shared thoughts and communication — and all of the inspiration! Thank you for sharing in this universal language of music and ideas! If you did not see it before, here’s my Fall Update newsletter:
As we approach this season of thanks, I am reminded that “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”(Melody Beattie) With this in mind, I send you news of what I’ve been doing, the joy and fulfullment it has brought, and the excitement of seeing many of you in my concert tour around the country and beyond in the coming weeks and months!
This past summer flew by at the speed of light, and I can sum it up in 2 words: Deep Waters – my new CD.
A suite for orchestra and voice, composed by Peter Link, it contains 3 songs and 4 instrumentals — and it’s a gapless (continuous play) CD. Click HERE to listen, download, and get the free digibook (digital liner notes).
Happy New Year, Everyone!
My immediate family lives a big city block away from Times Square. We live in apartments nearby with the ability to see little slivers of Times Square from our windows or balconies. But, it’s not what we can see. Rather, it’s what we can hear: the roar of the crowd. Because we can hear it, I can attest to the fact that the ball DID drop, and here we are in 2013!
As we move out into this beautiful New Year, I offer you a gift from LAST year. And it really is fitting for THIS year:
It’s the gift of music. I understand music to be immortal, transcendent, healing, ageless and timeless. It’s power, though felt in the moment, carries on way past the actual performance, especially when captured, as it was on Christmas Eve, in a podcast.