Frequently Asked Questions

Basics

A Composer is an individual who generates sheet music.  A Composer can also be an Artist (who records their music) as well, but then they would always be listed as both.  Composers will be found related to Digital Sheet Music (DSM).

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A Profile is an in depth look at an Artist or Composer — their Products, their Bio, their Quotes, and anything else about them that can help you get to know them. Think of a Profile as the portal to the work of any given Artist or Composer.

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An Artist is an individual who generates recorded music (a CD, an Album).  An Artist can also be a Composer (who generates sheet music) as well, but then they would always be listed as both.  An Artist is normally the principle contributor to the work (CD, Single, Album) and can be the Lead Vocalist in many cases, the Pianist or Guitarist often in the case of an Instrumental work, or even the Producer who works more in the background, but is the  primary artistic force behind the work.   Artists will be found related to Albums/CDs.

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DSM = Digital Sheet Music

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FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions — your most happy tutor.  :o)

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We define Inspirational music as music that brightens your life and enlivens your soul.  It is positive value music whose purpose is to uplift thought.  It can be both sacred and secular.  We like to say that if the song says, “I woke up this morning and I feel good!” — that’s an inspirational song.  A purely instrumental (no voice or lyrics) can also be an Inspirational song if it is uplifting in some fashion.

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We suggest the following:  First start with the Nav Bar (Navigation Bar).  That’s the bar across the top of any page that says things like Home, About, Shop, Services, etc.  Click on the various subjects and explore what comes up.  Often a window will appear below the Subject which gives you further specifics of the main Subject.  Click on each and go the the relative page and explore.  Run down the the Nav Bar from left to right and check out all the delights of WFM (Watchfire Music).  Especially, check out “Shop Info” on the Nav Bar and discover powerful new ways to search and find Inspirational Music! Spend an hour or even a couple of half hours exploring and you’ll quickly get the hang of it.  It’s a little like wandering through a new department store except that you can do it from the comfort of your favorite easy chair.

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Shipping

Downloadable Orders:

If everything that you have ordered is downloadable, you can track your order in your account. Once you place your order, you will immediately be able to download all of the items that you purchased.

Orders that Require Shipment:

If you’ve ordered items that require shipment (for example, CDs), you should immediately receive an order confirmation email (check your email spam folder if you don’t see it right away). If you’d like to check the status of your shippable order, you will receive a Post Office Tracking email when the order is shipped.  If you do not see that you may contact us.  CDs will be shipped within 48 hours (Business Days) of your order.  Holidays not included.

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Our fulfillment company ships within 48 hours (Business Days) of your placing the order. Holidays not included.

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General Questions

  • Make sure you have completed the checkout process, and have clicked the “Place Order” button.
  • You will now receive a confirmation email titled “Your Watchfire Music order from [today’s date] is complete”.
  • Open the email and scroll to “Downloads”.
    Click the link provided under the “Download” column.
  • A dialogue box should open to give you 2 options:
    • “Open with” (and the option to choose a media player) and
    • “Save to Disk”
  • Choose “Save to Disk.” (The “Open with” option does NOT save the file to your computer — it simply allows you to open the file from the internet.)
  • Choose a location on your computer to save your download.
    • Make sure you choose a place that you will remember.
    • We suggest that you save your files to your Desktop, as it is always easy to find your downloads there.
    • If your computer is already set to save downloads to a particular location, you need to go into your browser’s preferences to find out where downloads are saved to. Typically it is either a “Download” folder or your Desktop.
  • Once you’ve saved the file to your computer/hard drive, locate the file, and double click it to open it in your computers media player.
  • Repeat this process for each file on the ‘Order Results’ page.
  • Make sure you have completed the checkout process, and have clicked the “Place Order” button.
  • You will now be presented with the “Order Results” page. Scroll down to the “Downloads” section, and you will see your purchased items.
  • Click on the button in the “Download” column.
  • A dialogue box should open to give you 2 options:
    • “Open with” (and the option to choose a media player) and
    • “Save to Disk”
  • Choose “Save to Disk.” (The “Open with” option does NOT save the file to your computer — it simply allows you to open the file from the internet.)
  • Choose a location on your computer to save your download.
    • Make sure you choose a place that you will remember.
    • We suggest that you save your files to your Desktop, as it is always easy to find your downloads there.
    • If your computer is already set to save downloads to a particular location, you need to go into your browser’s preferences to find out where downloads are saved to. Typically it is either a “Download” folder or your Desktop.
  • Once you’ve saved the file to your computer/hard drive, locate the file, and double click it to open it in your computers media player.
  • Repeat this process for each file on the “Order Results” page.

When you are done adding items to your shopping cart, click “Proceed to Checkout”. Follow the instructions for submitting your billing and shipping information. Make sure you have completed the checkout process, and have clicked the “Place Order” button.

Upon completion of your order, you are directed to the “Order Results” page. If you are at this page, follow the directions for “How do I download an MP3 or PDF file to my computer?”

If you left the “Order Results” page without downloading your files, you can still download them through email. You have received a confirmation email at the email address you provided to us. Open this email and follow the directions for “How do I download an MP3 or PDF file through my confirmation email?”

Once you have completed the download process, you can now play your songs in iTunes. If you haven’t downloaded the MP3s yet, follow the instructions for “How do I download an MP3 or PDF file to my computer?”.

  • Open iTunes.
  • From the iTunes menu at the top of your screen, choose File -> Add To Library (If you do not see this menu, you can press ctrl+O on Windows or cmd+O on Mac instead)
  • A navigation window will appear with the contents of your hard drive.
    Navigate to the folder where you downloaded your MP3s to.
  • Highlight the MP3s you wish to import into your iTunes.
    • Mac: By holding down the command/apple key on your keyboard, you can click and highlight multiple files.
    • PC: By holding down the ctrl key on your keyboard, you can click and highlight multiple files.
  • Click the choose/enter button.
  • Your songs have now been imported into the iTunes program.
  • Choose one and play.
  • Click this link: http://watchfiremusic.fanbridge.com
  • Input your email address and name
  • Click Submit
  • Check your email, and follow the instructions to confirm your subscription

The Search Filter will only search for Products. Think of the Search Filter in 2 parts.  Part #1 is the first 3 categories:

Albums/CDs

Digital Sheet Music

Songs/MP3s

Part #2 is the group of 6 Filter windows and pulldowns listed below the 3 categories.

Search Field for Product Titles / Artists / Composers / Lyricists / Etc.

When searching for a particular product, first check it’s relative category.  Then Filter by one of the 5 Filter windows by clicking the window of choice and then either typing in the name or scrolling down to find the name.  If you begin typing the name, usually the computer will take you to that name or item before you finish typing — if it exists.

Important: Always CLEAR FILTERS (Orange Button at Bottom) before you begin a new search.

Also: Remember that Composers generate Sheet Music and Artists generate Albums/CDs.  Both Composers and Artists can generate Songs/Mp3s.

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  • There is a No Return No Refund Policy.
    We ask that you carefully double-check your order for accuracy before placing your order. As our customer base grows larger we find that an increasing number of people place inaccurate orders and then request our staff to refund or exchange the intended order. Because of the nature of digital materials, the incorrect order cannot be “sent back”. Once you have the order, it becomes, in essence, un-exchangeable. Consequently, we now remind both new and old customers of our No Return No Refund No Exchange Policy. If in any way the error is on us, we will, of course, refund and/or exchange.al royalty fees must be paid by the record company.

Legal Issues

  • Changes to Intellectual Property Policy
    The lyrics and music of the songs that you purchase from Watchfire Music are all under the copyright protection laws of the United States government. We owe it to our composers and artists to do everything possible to protect the integrity of their work. It has come to our attention more recently that people are sometimes arbitrarily changing lyrics and/or music to meet their needs. This constitutes the breaking of copyright law. The proper and legal way to handle content changes is to contact the composer and owner of the intellectual property and request that a change be made. Then it is up to the composer to comply or refuse. We ask that you observe this courtesy and respect the copyright law.

Requirements to license music depends on the situation in which you are using the music. Read all of the below information to determine whether you need to license a particular song:

  • If one broadcasts the music via films, television, radio, internet radio, webcast, etc., then permission and licensing fees are required.
  • Churches do not need to pay licensing fees for music sung or played in their services. In fact, you do not even have to ask permission, though we appreciate you taking the time to do so. Since a church is a donation situation, you are not required to pay any fees because you are not making money off the playing of a song. We only ask that you give Proper Credit* where credits are given.
    • *Proper Credit includes the artist’s name or name of performing group, the album title from which the song came, the writers of the song (both composer and lyricist), the producer of the song and www.WatchFireMusic.com.
    • Credit must be given within a practical readable duration so that those who are viewing it have ample time to read it and note it if necessary. In all cases whenever possible, there should be a link to www.WatchFireMusic.com.
    • Also the line, “[Song Title] has been used with permission from Watchfire Music.”
  • If the song is recorded and it’s the first recording made then permission has to be obtained from composer and publisher; however, if the song has been previously recorded by anyone, then it is listed with a mechanical royalty company (most likely Harry Fox). In this case, mechanical royalty fees must be paid by the record company.
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Search Engine and Filter Process

In the left column of your product pages you will find 3 categories to check followed by 6 fields to Filter.  Filtering is simply a process of what you choose to include in your search and conversely what you choose NOT to include.

If you’re looking for sheet music, for instance, check the Digital Sheet Music category and then you can search by Enter a Product Title here …,

Composers, (not Artists — Artists generate Recorded Music)

Lyricists, the Biblical Source Origin (DSM) ((Digital Sheet Music))

Key Versions (DSM) of the song.

Keep it simple.  and when you can’t connect using one filter, click “Clear Filters” and start again.

Solo Thoughts

Good news! It can be found on the top Nav Bar! Just hover over the “Shop” drop-down menu on the top Nav Bar of watchfiremusic.com.

In the drop-down menu, you’ll see “Solo Thoughts” listed. Click and … Voila!

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Click this link to go directly to the Solo Thoughts Page. Once you are on the Solo Thoughts page, please do the following:

  • Scroll down to the particular edition of Solo Thoughts you are interested in. We offer Solo Thoughts by the quarter and by each individual month.
  • To the right of the title, click “Add To Cart”
  • A pop-up window will appear confirming that the item was added to the cart.
  • If you are ready to purchase your Solo Thoughts, click “Check-Out”, or you want to purchase additional items, click “Return to Shopping”
  • Follow the directions to check out.
  • Once your credit card is processed, you will be presented with a link to download Solo Thoughts.
  • For more information on how to download, follow the directions for “How do I download an MP3 or PDF file to my computer?”
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Historically, we have posted each new quarterly issue of Solo Thoughts exactly 6 weeks in advance of the new quarter. About a year and a half ago, we extended the post deadline to fall somewhere in the 5 to 6 week range in advance of the new quarter.

Due to what appears to be a later schedule of the release of the quarterly Bible Lesson Citations from the CSPS, we are now further shifting our posting deadline to fall within the range of 4 to 6 weeks in advance of the new quarter. We appreciate your patience, loyalty, and interest in this useful and helpful resource for musicians in Christian Science churches.

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Whenever you order sheet music from WFM, you receive an automated Order Confirmation Email directly from our website. In that email is a Download Link.

Just click on the link provided in your email. Once you click on it, your file or files will download to your computer.

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A [Solo Treasure] is an out-of-print song that is no longer available for purchase.

As a courtesy to you, we include out-of-print titles that you may already have in your church music library, and we match them to upcoming Bible Lessons. When you see the label [Solo Treasure] listed after a title, this indicates that the song is no longer in print circulation. Therefore, no link is provided to purchase the song.

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This is a great question. The answer is that the Solo Thoughts editors work to bring you a creative and informed set of titles each quarter. Sometimes, the editors will repeat a title used from the last quarter, or again in the same issue, because that title seems to highlight more than one Bible Lesson in an important way.

Conversely, in order to highlight new music and new composers whenever possible, the editors may sacrifice listing titles that were recently used in a previous or current quarter of Solo Thoughts. On the whole, WFM and the Solo Thoughts editors feel that it is very important to bring new musical ideas for Bible Lessons and to introduce new titles wherever appropriate and possible.

Tip: Hang on to your Solo Thoughts from previous quarters in a given year and perhaps make notes on solos that you think would work well for future Bible Lessons.

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We’ve found through experience that choral music titles can broaden and refresh a church soloist’s repertoire. The many choral titles that we list are very well suited to being performed by a soloist.

In most cases, the soloist usually needs to do some extra work to map out the melody, though it may move between staves at different points in the choral score. Through some planning with the accompanist, these choral songs-turned-solos can bring new life and music into the church service. To cite a couple of examples, Joseph Martin’s “Song of Unity” and his “Song of the Spirit” work beautifully as solo songs for the church service.

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Digital Sheet Music

  • On the top of any Watchfire Music page, in the NavBar, click “SHOP”.
  • In the gray window that comes up, click DIGITAL SHEET MUSIC.
  • That will take you to a series of pages showing all of our sheet music products.
  • Now use the Search and Filter column on the left to search for your music.
  • Filter by Title, Composer, Lyricist, Source Origin (Biblical Verse) or key Version.
  • For more info on Search and Filter see:
    How do I use the Search Filters in the product Sidebar?
  • A page will appear with your search results!
  • Scroll through the results, and click the provided links to take you directly to the content

Scientific pitch notation is a system that assigns a name to each natural pitch based on the octave they are found in. We use this system to describe the note range of our digital sheet music. The chart below can help you decipher this system:

Note: The original source of the following information is VocalSheetMusic.net and can be found here

Pitch Names in Scientific Pitch Notation

The chart below lists the natural pitches and their corresponding pitch names for the range of pitches most commonly encountered in vocal music. These correspond to the high and low pitches listed for each piece. Use this as a guide to determine whether a piece is within your vocal range. Note that although only natural pitches are included, you can easily use this to determine flat and sharp pitches as well.

Search Engine and Filter Process

In the left column of your product pages you will find 3 categories to check followed by 6 fields to Filter.  Filtering is simply a process of what you choose to include in your search and conversely what you choose NOT to include.

If you’re looking for sheet music, for instance, check the Digital Sheet Music category and then you can search by Enter a Product Title here …,

Composers, (not Artists — Artists generate Recorded Music)

Lyricists, the Biblical Source Origin (DSM) ((Digital Sheet Music))

Key Versions (DSM) of the song.

Keep it simple.  and when you can’t connect using one filter, click “Clear Filters” and start again.