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 Pages of Actual Solo Thoughts Entries for Your Exploration
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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.
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 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SoloThoughts/
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.
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: https://watchfiremusic.com/faq/
You can also send us an email from our Contact Page on the site: https://watchfiremusic.com/contact/
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
Why do we sometimes see song titles posted more than once in a quarter, and conversely, why are certain titles left out that would clearly go with the Bible Lesson?
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.
Why does Solo Thoughts often include choral music titles when Solo Thoughts is geared to the solo singer in church services?
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.
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.