Affirmations and Celebrations
Songs of Earth, Community, Justice and Peace
After months of editing and tweaking, my new Jim Scott songbook is finally here.
As the title implies, I’ve selected these songs with life-affirming messages to be a resource for song leaders, community celebrations and spiritual gatherings. It features some of my old favorites such as Song For the Earth and Gather the Spirit plus many more recent compositions (Healing Waters and We Are the Earth). In arrangements anyone can play, the songs have piano accompaniment with chord symbols. (Don’t forget, you may need one for the soloist and one for an accompanist.) The book of 42 songs lists for $25 but is available now for only $20 with FREE SHIPPING.
Click HERE to go to my online store to order (and there’s a place for Donations, much appreciated to help with the printing cost).
Many of these vocal/piano arrangements in Affirmations and Celebrations are also available as SATB arrangements, so if you see something you like here you can order the choral versions individually.
About Jim Scott–Composer, Guitarist, Singer and Activist
For more than three decades, Jim Scott has made it his business to create and perform music that celebrates peace, justice and the earth. From his work with the Paul Winter Consort where he co-wrote the celebrated Missa Gaia – Earth Mass and many other pieces, Jim has gone on to create an extensive body of work, recording 7 albums of original music, and creating “The Earth and Spirit Songbook,” an anthology of 110 songs of earth and peace by many contemporary songwriters plus some of his own.
Years of activism are reflected in Jim’s work. His songs, poetry and short stories address issues of ecology, justice and peace with insight and gentle wit. For all his varied professional background, it is Jim’s lyrical songs that remain his greatest offering. He transforms any size audience into an intimate gathering with a guitar skill and disarming presence that inspires and educates.
From songs and choral music to soundtracks for documentaries and the PBS series Body and Soul, Jim has made music with a depth of artistry and craft that separates his art from that of many other singer songwriters. His musical “The Tree and Me” has been given full cast productions in Jamestown NY and Albion MI. A whole line of Jim’s choral compositions and his book of guitar technique “All Scales in All Positions” are published by Hal Leonard Corp.
Jim helped to create the “Green Sanctuary” program and accompanying handbook for building an ecological/spiritual awareness in church congregations. He performs many benefit concerts and often appears at events, supporting environmental and peace causes with his music.
Thanks for visiting my new website. We’re making big changes and coordinating it all with YouTube and Facebook for more ways to make my music available on the Internet.
I’m happy to report much new music happening. I seem to have hit a most productive time lately and written a number of new songs. I’m planning for a new album to come out this fall.
For This We Stand, my new choral piece was given several performances this spring. A fine performance by the Madison WI First Unitarian Church is on YouTube at: Jim Scott Music YouTube Playlists. There’s also a very simple playback of midi piano and choral sound with me playing guitar and singing the melodies on this website. The written music is scrolling with both versions, so anyone interested in doing it can get the idea of how they go.
It was a thrill of a lifetime to do concerts with Pete Seeger at the White Plains NY Community UU Church in April and an earlier one in Rock Tavern NY in January. We’re working on editing video from these events and will put some songs (in HD!) up on YouTube the soon. Peruse the Jim Scott YouTube channel; more will be getting on there all the time, so check back.
I have finally finished rewriting my musical The Tree and Me, getting score and libretto all on computer. I was lucky enough to get two big performances of it some years back with music that was hand written at the time.
Very soon we’ll be getting out the new revised Jim Scott Songbook, with lots more of my songs. There will be two volumes, book one with more group singing songs will be out first, and I hope before too long to get book two out with lots of my social/political songs and more humorous, and kids songs. Seventeen of my songs are in the Earth and Spirit Songbook, but I’ve gone on too long without a collection of my own material available.
In peace, Jim