Solo Thoughts


Introducing Solo Thoughts!

If you’re a church soloist, musician, or are on the music committee for your church, you might be wondering:

~Where can I find just the right solos that are correlated to the weekly Bible Lesson?
~Where can my church purchase sheet music?

Watchfire Music has the perfect solution:  We offer our highly researched monthly and quarterly publication, Solo Thoughts.

So what exactly IS Solo Thoughts? Created by Watchfire Music’s team of editors, it’s a downloadable resource tool in PDF format that is essentially a comprehensive list of ideas for solos -- matched to the weekly Bible Lessons -- for your church service. With just one click of the mouse, Solo Thoughts will appear on your computer as a pdf file.  It's true power lies in using the resource on line to click through directly to the purchase page of each solo that is referenced. You may, however, also print the resource as well.

Download a Free Sample of Solo Thoughts here and Explore the following:

~A List of the Latest Digital Sheet Music Offerings from Watchfire Music
~News and Notes from Solo Thoughts
~Latest Questions from Solo Thoughts Users
~Info On How To Use Solo Thoughts
~Info on How to Navigate Solo Thoughts via Bookmark Hyperlinks
~Two to Three Pages of Actual Solo Thoughts Entries for Your Exploration

To View, Purchase and Download

Solo Thoughts by the Quarter and by the Month

Also ... Check out our Solo Thoughts Blog

(You can always find it up in the top Nav Bar under Blogs!)

Here we post news and information about Solo Thoughts and it's sister product, Solo Thoughts Select!
Please feel free to interact with the blog and comment!

And ...
Check out the Solo Thoughts Errata page for information updates and corrections organized by quarter.

Solo Thoughts FAQ

A customer wrote in to say that a solo was sung in a church that was from a well known musical. She wanted to know if we were familiar with this and did we have it for sale in digital solos?

We wrote back to say the following:

The version you heard is the music of a song from a well-known musical married to some lyrics that a practitioner re-wrote many years ago using the original song lyrics as a model. She did this for two songs from the show and the two songs were slowly passed around from hand to hand and church to church over time.

What no one took into consideration back in the day — and even now, today — is that it is completely illegal to do what was described above. One cannot marry a copyrighted melody and its arrangement to another revised or completely different set of lyrics without express permission from the copyright holders. To be clear, the copyright holders would never agree to this new arrangement and marriage of words and music. And if they did, the song would have had to have been published with explicit text on the music stating the express permission of those copyright holders.

If someone generated a score using computer software, that in and of itself does not constitute publishing with permission. Also, if those new arrangements were sold in any way, the royalties are not being paid out to the copyright holders.

Furthermore, one cannot legally share copies of music that were not properly purchased. Whether they are digital or actual paper copies (file-shared or xeroxed) being shared around, that constitutes stealing from the copyright owners.

Now, it is understood that this was all done in good faith to bring a beautiful melody together with a more spiritual message for a church service. But unless the music is in the Public Domain, it is indeed illegal without permission. The music from this show is definitely not in the Public Domain.

Here are a couple of references for further research: and

There are of course instances, for example, in the Christian Science Hymnal where existing melodies are married to new lyrics. However, those melodies are either in the Public Domain, or the CSPS gained copyright permission to use those melodies in that particular way for that particular use through contracts, licensing and agreements. Permissions are listed in the footer of each hymn.

In conclusion, the soloist who sang one of these two songs should find out where they got the music, contact whomever gave it to them and let them know of its illegality. Also, the music should be destroyed and not used again.

If you want to dig deeper into this in terms of how a large CS community of musicians is thinking this issue through together, please join Solo Thoughts Community on Facebook (

Then, check out this thread:

There is an article posted at the link and many comments follow below the article that may be helpful in sorting this out for you and your church. The discussion is lively and provocative from many different voices.


Yes we do!

On the left-hand side of the Digital Sheet Music page, you can select “Organ / Keyboard” from the dropdown box labeled “By Category: DSM” to find solos where the composer specifically indicated that the piece was better suited for organ.

Selecting “Vocal Solos” from that same dropdown will show you solos that are suitable for piano or organ, which is the vast majority of our offerings.

The Instrumental Recordings are presented in 3 categories:

(1) Calm and Prayerful

(2) Energies of Soul

(3) Joyful and Rousing

We understand that sometimes you may wish to open your service with a Joyful and Rousing piece of music. Another time, you may choose to use a Calm and Prayerful recording.  It’s your choice to program the instrumental music to fit your needs.

We present you with 2 options in each category for each week.  And what that means is that for 13 weeks, you will actually have 78 instrumental suggestions – 26 ideas for each category!  Many of them may be interchangeable according to your inspiration and taste.

You can also use these instrumental suggestions to program your Wednesday night Testimony meetings, or your Lecture events and more!




You will be presented with a range of genres, styles, and lyrical texts from week to week.

The Vocal Solos are presented in 4 categories:

(1) Solos by Overall Themes

(2) Solos by Bible Lesson Sections

(3) Solos with Hymn Texts

(4) Solos with Texts by Mary Baker Eddy.

Some weeks may include solos in all of these categories, and others will include one or several.

We are offering 3 to 6 solo suggestions for each of the 13 weeks, all beautifully selected to highlight, illustrate or extend the various themes in the Bible Lesson Sermons.

The first way is to check out the FAQ section of the website. We continue to post new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about many aspects of our site, including site search, navigation, purchasing and downloading sheet music and more.

You will find the FAQ link listed in the top right of every page on our site. Here’s the link:

You can also send us an email from our Contact Page on the site:

We work hard to get back to you within 24 to 48 hours, and we’ll even schedule a phone call with you if you request to speak with a member of our Customer Support.


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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

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’ll always work to keep the posting as close to 5 to 6 weeks in advance as possible.

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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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The answer is YES!

Here’s what to do:

Go to Google on your browser.
Type the name of the title or a portion of the title into the search bar followed by “” (without the quotes).
Click enter!
Voila, you will receive search results for those keywords that are on

To see an example, type the following keywords into your Google search bar:   God Is Love

To see the actual search results on Google, click this link.

Here is a screenshot of the Google Search Results:

For more than a decade now, Watchfire Music has been working with Composers and Publishers to offer a range of Study Tools for each Digital Sheet Music (DSM) title on We now offer these Study Tools for 90% of our DSM titles.

Why provide these? Sheet Music isn’t always enough! To aid you in your work, we offer Study Tools just for you — the emerging 21st century church musician who, very often, has trained classically, but find yourself needing to broaden and expand your repertoire for the modern church congregation.

So … What are Study Tools?

They are Tools for your ears as well as for your eyes.

We offer 3 kinds: Study Tracks, Accompaniment Tracks, and Studio Tracks.

 A Study Track is a single mp3 recording of a Digital Sheet Music title.  It is a recording of the instrumental accompaniment (usually keyboard, piano or organ) and it also employs a different instrument (rhodes piano, flute, clarinet, etc.) to play the vocal line.

An Accompaniment Track is a single mp3 recording of the instrumental accompaniment (usually keyboard, piano or organ) of a Digital Sheet Music title. Accompaniment Tracks are intended for your rehearsal and performance use.

A Studio Track is a professionally recorded performance of a Digital Sheet Music title by professional musicians in a recording studio. Studio Tracks are available as single mp3 downloads and are often part of a recording artist’s full album.


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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A Study Track is a single mp3 recording of a Digital Sheet Music title.  It  is a recording of the instrumental accompaniment (usually keyboard, piano or organ) and it also employs a different instrument (rhodes piano, flute, clarinet, etc.) to play the vocal line.

Samples are provided for every single mp3 song offered on, so you can listen to a portion of the Study Track right on our website to help you determine if you wish to purchase and download it for further use and study.

The vast majority of Watchfire Music Composers and Publishers provide Study Tracks to aid customers in learning their songs accurately and efficiently. By providing these learning tools, the customer can use these Study Tracks to assist their learning process, and to learn the music as the composer conceived it.

Study Tracks are a great way to enhance your preparation of a song with precision from the very start of your learning process.

Contemporary and pop music often require this extra step to help instrumentalists and singers alike to get the sound and rhythms — especially syncopations —  as written by the composer.

For the very small price of a single mp3 song, (starting only at .99) you gain an excellent study tool to focus your preparation with precision and efficiency!

Solo Thought Select is our response to fulfill a need for churches and groups who wish to provide appropriate music in recorded form for their services. Sometimes folks use recordings as a backup plan when musicians are not available. Others are using recorded music regularly based on their given resources.

We see this as a marvelous opportunity to answer a need with a wonderful supply of truly special music from the best of our Watchfire Music artists and more!

Solo Thoughts Select gives you a link for every single vocal and instrumental recording. When you click an individual link, you will be able to click through to listen to a sample as well as immediately place the song into your shopping cart on

Then, you will be able to purchase and download your music selections. From there, you simply import into your iTunes library or alternative MP3 player, and run your music in church from your mobile device or laptop!

To visit our Solo Thoughts Select page, click here.

Solo Thoughts Select is our best response to a current need voiced to us from church music committees and individual members around the world over the past several years.

It’s a solution that we offer to the many requests we have received from folks whose churches have transitioned away from live music for various reasons.

To answer this need responsibly, we began to look at what we could do to offer a resource to help these churches keep a continuity of the musical elements of a church service as outlined in the Manual of The Mother Church.

Solo Thoughts Select is our answer to supply a current demand for sacred recorded music in some churches. We view this as purely supplemental to our primary and continuing activity of supplying church musicians with sheet music for their service.  And this activity is going strong as always!

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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 And  what does this mean: “Downloads remaining 10 & expires May 2/18?”

 The “downloads remaining” number is the number of times you can download the solo from our website onto your computer. The expiration date is the point after which you will no longer be able to download the solo from our website.

We give you multiple download attempts within a 3-month period to insure that you are able to properly access your purchase. If you’re having issues with successfully downloading and have run out of download attempts, you can send us a support email. We’ll reset your downloads and help you with the issue preventing you from being able to download it. However, you must do this within the 3-month period. 

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