Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014
Please enjoy reading our Submissions Director, Amy Duncans latest update
on all things DSM and WFM! And now ... heres Amy!
The brand new issue of
Solo Thoughts is now available
with lots of goodies to help you pick and choose your solos for this quarter.
We have a new section, Solo Thoughts Instrumentals, which includes
suggestions for preludes, postludes, and offertories. Instead of including it at
the end of the issue, it now has its own PDF to make it easier for those who
are interested in instrumental selections for Christian Science services. So
now you’ll be getting three PDF: Solo Thoughts, Solo Treasures, and ... Solo
Also, all the descriptions of the music are in the process of being rewritten for
clarity and insight. These are about 70% completed as o this writing.
As always, we have included Solo Thoughts News and Notes with this
quarter. It includes out FAQ column as well.
If you haven’t heard about the Solo Thoughts Community on Facebook, check
it out! It’s a friendly, fun, and informative place to meet with other soloists,
instrumentalists, music committee folks, and sacred music enthusiasts in
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As always, the
4th Quarter issue of Solo thoughts
offers lots of suggestions for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so you can start
Our featured composer is
Ron Di Salvio, and speaking of
Christmas music, we’re offering a free sheet music download from Ron’s
Twenty-Four Days of Christmas – just look at the Composer Spotlight and
scroll to the bottom! It’s a gift from us to you, your church musicians and your
To get your copy of Solo Thoughts,
And now, a little philosophical musing, inspired by Peter Link’s September
Dear Friend column:
I recently ran across this definition of the word harmony: “Completeness and
perfection resulting from diversity in unity.” I like to think of our Watchfire
Music composers as a unified group, a harmonious tribe, if you will. And yet
each one has her or his own unique voice. So we could say that our composer
tribe is a good example of “diversity in unity.”
Some folks think that music is the most spiritual of all art forms, because it
comes from a divine source. If this is the case—and I believe it is—then
there’s absolutely no end to the wonderful, fresh, new music that can be
created. “O sing unto the Lord an new song” sang the Psalmist (Ps 96:1). And
there will always be a new song—there will always be new beauty, harmony,
rhythm, tone, and melody, because their source is inexhaustible.
So we invite you, the potential Watchfire Music composer, to show us what
you’ve got! Whatever it is, it’s uniquely yours, and it may be just the right thing
for our site. Please contact me,
Amy Duncan, and tell
me about yourself and the music you write, whether it’s vocal or instrumental.
It’s a real privilege to write, sing, or play inspirational music. In the words of
Brazilian singer, guitarist, and composer Rosa Passos:
It’s very important for us, as missionaries of music, to always be certain
that music is from God and that we are only instruments, channels. We have
to be humble, kind, joyful, and always sing with our hearts! Long live God,
long live music, and let’s be happy that we are part of this illumined universe!
We should thank God every day of our lives for this beautiful opportunity to
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