Together in Wisdom

“To Risk” a song for single voice and piano with ancient wisdom words:
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for one another is to risk exposing our true self. To place our ideas, our dreams before the crowd is to risk loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure. To live is to risk dying.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

 “Until I Die” a song for single voice and piano with words by Alfred Tennyson:
How dull it is to pause, to make and end, to rust unburnished not to shine in use! As though to breathe were life! Death closes all; but something near the end, some work of noble note, may yet be done. Come, my friends. ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world, to sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all the Western stars, until I die. Though much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are we are: One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.  ==>View PDF

“Oft Have I Said” a song for voice and piano with words by the poet, Hafiz (translated by Ralph Waldo Emerson):
Oft have I said, I say it once more, I, a wanderer, do not stray from myself. I am a kind of parrot; the mirror is holden to me. What the Eternal says, I stammering say again. Give me what you will; I eat thistles as roses, and according to my food, I grow and I give. Scorn me not, but know I have the pearl and am only seeking one to receive it.  ==>View PDF

“Gifts of Life” a song for soprano, alto, and bass, with words by Bonnie Vegiard:
This is the day that Life has given us. This is the place that Life has given us. These are the people that Life has given us. Let us rejoice and be glad!  ==>View PDF

“The Crucible” wisdom song for voice and piano with words by Richard W. Kelley:
All creation nestles within the crucible of time. A cup of hallowed strangeness, of passingness and duration, held perhaps in unknown hands. The washed light of time surrounds us with our sorrows and our exultation; for it brings us endless departure and yet precious achievement, brings us glimpses of bright flecked eternity. Restlessness stirs forever within the crucible, eternally creating and transforming; and thus it holds both the problem and the answer to our lives.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Lost” wisdom song for voice and piano with words by George C. Whitney:
Somewhere, my fingers slipped from out the hand of God and in the crowded way I lost God. Running free I chased a sunbeam down the street and plucked an echo from the wind; I leapt across a wall to speak to flowers and to carve my name upon a tree. On days like these the world is wide enough, is bright enough, is wild enough with hearts and fingers glowing for the love of everything. And if God’s lost, God’s wise enough, I’m sure, to find God’s self again, and me.  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample

“Look to this Day!” song for choir and piano with ancient wisdom words:
Look to this day. For it is Life! The bliss of growth. The glory of action. The splendor of beauty. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of Hope! Look to this day. For it is Life!  ==>View PDF  ==>Hear Sample