Sunday, November 27, 2011

Make Sheet Music Christmas Trees

Visit HGTV to learn how to make lovely little Christmas trees our of old sheet music! As HGTV notes: "Bring the unexpected to your table with miniature Christmas trees made out of cut and curled sheet music. These fluffy trees will add texture and whimsy to any holiday arrangement."

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

God is Good All the Time!

My daughter is attending vacation bible school this week, and one of the songs they are singing daily is God is Good (All the Time). We have been singing along with Don Moen's wonderful version of the song all week at home as well!

Don Moen has an newly updated website, with a 10% discount available in his store on all items (including gift certificates). The website will soon incorporate concert footage, a video blog, MP3s, games, etc. Bookmark it and stop back often!

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Christian Music Publishers Association is "an organization of publishers of Christian music which has a strong spiritual dimension who come together to share mutual areas of concern regarding copyright information, education, administration, and protection, facilitating public and industry awareness in these areas, and to develop continuing personal and professional relationships."

You might want to bookmark their Website because they have a very good list of their members, with direct link to the members website. So if you are looking for Word Music, Hope Publishing, Shawnee Press, etc., this list is a quick/easy way to access their websites.

Also, the CMPA has a very informative page on Copyright Law that may be of use to your church or group.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Singer Link

The Singer Link is a new one-of-a-kind online social community for singers, which enables singers and choral conductors to connect from all around the world. This is a relatively new site with under 100 members currently. Stop by, register and grow with this musical community!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Vocal lessons? Check out YouTube

YouTube has a really eclectic collection of vocal lessons available. Take some time and investigate what YouTube has to offer.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Death of the Church Choir?

I just read an interesting blog post about The Death of the Church Choir. Here's a pull-out from the post:

So the question I’m asking, “Is the church choir dead?”, as far as a music ministry in evangelical churches is concerned. My guess is that those of you in the traditional Bible belt areas of the Southeast, Southwest and Midwest would say an emphatic, “NO”. My guess is that those of you from the more “progressive” East Coast, West Coast and Northeast would say, “It certainly looks like it.”

Being from the Midwest, a "stronghold" of church choir music, I would state an emphatic NO! There is a choral tradition here and just about every church and school has a choir, with many community choirs. My online store REJOICE Music.Net and my eBay REJOICE Music store has many many repeat buyers who are choir directors from all over the country and world, but especially in the Midwest and Southeast.

But, there is truth in the statement that East and West Coast and Northeast churches may be moving away from choirs. Most of my inventory of choir music is acquired from churches that are liquidating their inventory because either they no longer have a choir or they only have a praise/worship band. And the East Coast, especially, does not represent a large percentage of my buyers.

So, what do YOU think? Is choir music dead? Is the tradition flourishing in your community or state?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Free Praise & Worship music "is a place on the Internet where Christian songwriters can publish their worship music (mp3s, midi, sheet music, chord charts, OHTs & lyric sheets) for churches, worship pastors and home groups around the world to use freely for God's glory!"

Worship leaders, this is a good resource if you are looking for mostly contemporary praise & worship music.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Who Built the Ark? Noah, Noah!

If you're humming the words to this familiar children's song right now, you might want to check out the FREE ARRANGEMENT available on Word Music's website. The link opens up to the Keyboard page, scroll all the way to the bottom RH side to the space that says "Download This Month's Arrangement."

This link changes regularly and Word provides a nice selection of simple piano arrangements up to medium advanced and intermediate selections. I believe if you sign up for their newsletter (LH side of page bottom), you'll receive links to this free arrangement as it is updated. Enjoy!

Monday, July 21, 2008

If music be the food of love, play on!

If music be the food of love, play on! (Duke Orsino, Act I, Scene I, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night). So, what does this have to do with church music? Not much of anything, really, but it's the only quote I could recite off the top of my head that mentions music and food ...

Over the weekend, I discovered a wonderful blog called A Year of Crockpotting, and after drooling over Blueberry Buckle, Indonesian Chicken, Thai Curry, Beef with Pomegranate - all made in the crockpot - I'm planning to dig out the old Rival 6-qt. and get busy! AND all the recipes are gluten free, so this site is a HUGE resource for those looking for good recipes that have no gluten. Take a minute or two and browse the wonderful recipes. Even if you're not a cook, you might enjoy the style of writing and dry wit.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Children's Musicals for Christmas

Now is a great time to start ordering your music for the Christmas season. I am in the process of adding several Christmas musicals for children on my website REJOICE Music. I have some nice selections for smaller groups, as well as musicals that can be expanded to fit a larger number of children. Here are some of my favorites:

  • 3 Wise Men and a Baby by Pam Andrews is a fun musical about the Magi, which in this case are the King of Rock and Roll (Elvistonia), the King of Country (Garthonia) and the King of Soul (Jamestonia).

  • A Lamb's Tale is a sweet Christmas musical about Snowflake, a curious little lamb who wanders away from his flock on the night Jesus is born.

  • Mayhem in Bethlehem tells the story of the first Christmas, as covered by a 21st-Century TV news crew, the NNN News Team.