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SOFTEN 'ROUND THE PAIN - The Story Behind the Song

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I was on my annual retreat in my stepbrother’s house in the Hamptons, but the weather was not cooperating. The rain hit the window with rhythmic persistence, postponing any plan I had for enjoying the beach. Instead, I finished an amazing book called Who Dies? written by an powerful author and teacher named Stephen Levine. The book was about his experiences operating a telephone Hot-Line for people at the end of life. The stories were riveting and supported my learning as a hospice volunteer. One of the things he said throughout the book was “See if you can soften around the pain, even just a little.”

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RESCUE REMEDY

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There is a lovely product on the market called Rescue Remedy that is made from the essence of flowers. It doesn't smell like flowers though. In fact, it has no odor or color to speak of. It is described as "a blend of five Bach Flower Essences especially beneficial when you find yourself in traumatic or stressful situations." And the crazy thing is...it works! They make little gummy, chewy "pastilles" that have gotten me through some VERY stressful times. No kidding.

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WHAT COLOR IS SPIRIT? - The Story Behind the Song

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Imagine a world where all butterflies are monarchs, all trees are oaks, all dogs are poodles, all birds are robins. Imagine a world where all cars are blue, all sweaters are red, all shoes are brown, all jackets are yellow. Crazy, right? We celebrate the diversity…except when we don’t.

One morning, I received an urgent email from my friend Jane asking if I could help alleviate a difficult issue for her church. There were three different congregations using the same space at different times - one congregation was white, one congregation was African-American and the third congregation was Latino. The problem was they never talked to each other. In fact, they barely tolerated each other!

Jane asked if I could write a song called What Color Is Spirit? to help unify them. I wrote back, “Oh wow…that’s a great title, and a great idea. But I couldn’t possibly write something meaningful enough to support it.”

Suddenly, my fingers typed as if by magic:
What color is spirit?
 The same color as air
It’s the color of loving
When all God’s children share

All it takes is faith and patience
And a heart that is willing to feel love…

“Hmm,” I continued in my email, “I guess I CAN write this song! I’ll be back when it’s finished…” And the rest poured out as easily as the first verse. 

I raced to the nearest recording studio and sent Jane a copy of the song. She loved it. A few weeks later, she told me that a choir made up of members of all three of the congregations sang What Color Is Spirit? at a joint worship service. The fellowship coffee after the service was the most animated ever.

Ahh…another example of the healing power of music.

And personally, I’m so grateful that this earth is a mixture of ALL of us. Amen!

What Color Is Spirit?

What Color is Spirit?  is on my second album, Music In My Soul. Featuring John Guth, What Color is Spirit?  is available for download at CD Baby and iTunes.   Please visit my website Sandi Kimmel.com to learn more about me and my music.  And thanks for listening!


WHAT COLOR IS SPIRIT?
Music and lyrics by Sandi Kimmel

What color is spirit?
 The same color as air
It’s the color of loving
When all God’s children share

What color is spirit? It’s the color of day
It’s the light of the morning
It’s the love when you pray

    All it takes is faith and patience
    And a heart that is willing to feel love

What color is spirit? 
It’s the color of light
Shining deeply within you
Through the dark of the night.

What color is spirit? Water’s that color, too
It’s the color of me and
It’s the color of you.

    All it takes is faith and patience
    And a heart that is willing to feel love

What color is spirit?
 The same color as air
It’s the color of loving
When all God’s children share
When all God’s children share


© 2001 S. Kimmel, Sandessence Music (BMI)

 


FOR GOODNESS SAKE - The Story Behind the Song

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Have you ever had the experience of buying a raffle ticket at an event KNOWING you were going to win one of the prizes? You calmly wait, with a bit of a smile on your face,  for the announcer to call out your ticket number...and sure enough, the big basket filled with your favorite things is yours to claim.  Conversely, have you ever said to yourself, "I never win anything," only to prove yourself right?

    "Whether you think you can or you think you can't...you're right."  ~ Henry Ford

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WHAT REALLY MATTERS? - Part 2

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As I thought about the blog last week, What Really Matters, I realized that identifying what we want is only half of what really matters. There is another aspect that bears closer examination…  What about all of the little things that we bump up against during the course of our day? You know, the ones that we THINK really matter until we realize they don't matter at all.

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WELL BEING ABOUNDS - The Story Behind the Song

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Well-being abounds. I know, I know…when you read the newspaper or watch CNN, it's very hard to believe that fact when you consider the state of our world today. But if you go beyond the headlines, and take a good, hard, look around you, you will notice signs of well-being everywhere.

Some years ago, I came across the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks and the Teachings of Abraham, and their material permanently changed my way of looking at the world. Actually, it did more than that - it confirmed a suspicion I’d held since childhood about life. In Abraham’s words,  “well being abounds.” The more I thought about that, the more I wanted to write a song that was both optimistic and empowering, to say nothing of truthful. Once I started, the words came through in a rush, as if the song needed to be born as the antidote to the news media's perspective.

Think about it:
    The sun comes up every morning
    The moon, she wanes and waxes
    The earth still spins on an axis
    Which proves that the simple fact is
    Well well well being abounds
    Well well well being abounds..."

Not only is this spinning earth proof, but so is the magic formula that combines thought with emotion that turns our dreams into reality. And in these incredible times, knowing the laws of the universe is very useful information. Oh...and it's also useful to turn off the news 24/7.

I actually wrote this song to remind MYSELF that All Is Well. I'm told it helps to remind other people too. And lucky for all of us that when I was getting ready to record it, two of my dear music pals, Lisa Jane Lipkin and Benedetta LoBalbo were happy to provide soaring harmonies, all to John Guth's upbeat production.

Well being indeed!

Well Being Abounds

Well Being Abounds is on my second album, Music In My Soul. Featuring John Guth, Well Being Abounds is available for for purchase or download at CD Baby and download on iTunes.  Please visit my website Sandi Kimmel.com to learn more about me and my music.  Thanks for listening!

WELL BEING ABOUNDS
Music and lyrics by Sandi Kimmel

Well well well being abounds!
Well well well being abounds!

The sun comes up every morning
The moon she wanes and waxes
The earth still spins on an axis
Which proves that the simple fact is

Well well well being abounds!
Well well well being abounds!

Whatever your heart desires
The thought propels into motion
Vibration matches emotion
And lights up this magic potion

Well well well being abounds!
Well well well being abounds

The signs all point to awaken
The outer layers are peeling
The inner heart has been healing
Let’s sing it once more with feeling

Well well well being abounds!
Well well well being abounds!
Flowing freely, love surrounds and
Well well well, well well well
Well well well being abounds!

© 2001 S. Kimmel