The Music of Sharon Scholl

Welcome to Songs for the Spirit.

The music on this website has accumulated over a 30 year period because it was needed for a particular group or individuals. I write music for use tailored to people of ordinary abilities who enjoy singing or playing instruments.

The choral music should be useful for churches of varied orientations, though much has been created for liberal theological situations.

The many settings of the Psalms were inspired by the very poetic modern versions of them written by the Reverend John Young, now of San Francisco for his book "Creation Songs".

Most of the texts are my poems, tailored for particular contexts in which they were useful. Others are used by permission of the authors, publishers, or estates.

I hope you find the musical style conventional enough to suit the ears of most listeners and different enough to be enjoyable to learn.

Light

    by Sharon Scholl

I come from a neon world blinking
  awake without forgetting. We excuse
  ourselves for whatever happens
  in this pitiless glow.

Parks have learned to do without
  the moonís inconstant eye
  staring by halves and quarters,
  a sickly whitewash.

Like tonight, buildings hardly notice
  day slip away, each illumination
  erasing the one that came before,
  We lose things all the time.

The old wax rituals, domestic
  arts of wick and flame,
  ceremonies of light, smoke trails,
  unsteady glisten warming rooms.

No place for porch light on snow,
  rooms weltered past remembrance,
  when the door to my motherís house
  closed for the last time.