HO, HO, HO! And Other Holiday Stress Relievers


Are you feeling the quickening of time as we zoom into the holidays?  I know I am…so I came up with some simple tips for a stress-free holiday season. (OK…in all honesty, there will still be a little stress. But that means you are a fully engaged active participant in this slightly frenetic time of the year!) Help is on the way!

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Wrapping spiritual truths in simple, singable melodies delivers uplifting messages with innocence and warmth. This version of Ba Ba Black Sheep was written on that foundation. And to my utter surprise and absolute delight, it has struck the right tone internationally.

Between this YouTube version, or here on SoundCloud, and on dozens of streaming internet radio sites, Ba Ba Black Sheep is heard by more than a thousand people a week, including you…

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WONDERFUL WORLD - You Have to Dream


We cannot eliminate hunger,
but we can feed each other.
We cannot eliminate loneliness,
but we can hold each other.
We cannot eliminate pain,
but we can live a life
of compassion.
    - excerpt from  ACCEPTING THIS by Mark Nepo

I found myself thinking about Mark Nepo’s beautiful poem/reflection with hope and a  vision for a world where we each take responsibility for our own life experience, and our role in an evolving humanity.

Dream a new future with me.

You Have to Dream

Words by Sandi Kimmel
Music by Thomas Barquee

You have to dream a new world to create it
Be the change that you wish to see
You have to dream a new world like you made it
For it to be, for it to be

Like it or not
Thoughts become things
Thinking a lot
Leads to all that it brings
Being in silence 
Brings awakenings…

You have to dream a new world to create it
Be the change that you wish to see
You have to dream a new world like you made it
For it to be, for it to be

Like it or not
Thoughts become things
A monkey mind
Like a mockingbird sings
Turning it over
Brings awakenings…

    You can only see how far you’ve come
    From where you’ve been
    You can only see where you’re going
    When you go within

You have to dream a new world to create it
Be the change that you wish to see
You have to dream a new world like you made it
For it to be, for it to be
You have to dream
You have to dream

© 2015 T. Barquee & S. Kimmel

To read The Story Behind You Have to Dream, click here.

Please visit my website to learn more about my music, and my collaboration with Thomas here.  You Have to Dream is available for download on CD Baby.

You can listen to You Have to Dream and lots of other songs anytime on SoundCloud. Thank you for listening and especially for sharing!

About My Blog:
Soul Feathers - wisps of wisdom and tickles of truth, observations and offerings from my heart and music for the soul. We each have a part to play in this great movie, and mine is gently but consistently toss pebbles into the lake of humanity, and watch the ripples make waves.

Soul Feathers is also the name of the album I recorded with producer Thomas Barquee. He artfully elevated the music to a high vibration of love and healing, truly music for these times. Music has the power to move and motivate, soothe and uplift, and these songs and chants support the journey as the music reflects my own journey.

By sharing my perspective, practical spirituality and positive music, it is my intention to release soul-nourishing pebbles in the sea of our emerging consciousness. By sharing this work with other like-minded and like-hearted friends, you become part of the wave.




Patrick planted our fig tree 14 years ago from a cutting of a tree that had followed him from Los Angeles. Now in its full glorious height and girth, the tree is the main attraction of our backyard, providing welcome shade and delicious and abundant fruit in the summer, and an enormous shower of leaves in the fall. 

Years ago, I’d rake them up once or twice and be done with the task. As the years marched on, so did the number of fig leaves falling in our yard. Huge yellow leaves skipped in the wind, landing on bushes and branches and the earth below, curling over time into tight brown fists. Raking them up takes sweat…and a LOT of room in the green recycling bin.

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Wow! What a wild ride!  The landscape is changing before our eyes in unexpected ways as the shock waves begin to subside. Fortunately, there has been some wonderful sharing of wisdom and perspective, along with constructive ways to channel the energy. A blog by Beatris Karaoglanyan called “Trump Teaches a Spiritual Lesson” rang true for me and speaks of  the Laws of the Universe.

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It's hard to breathe today. No matter where you live and who you voted for, we're in uncharted territory. As I took my morning walk, I did notice that, for the most part, nothing has changed. Then I got a blast of the Santa Ana winds whipping around the corner and felt them as  the winds of change. In that moment, I asked for guidance. What came through was,  "Listen to the wind. The earth is breathing. Now it's your turn."

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NOW MORE THAN EVER - Musical Contribution #7 - Take Me Home


 Years ago, I had a very small book with a very big mission. Called Oneness - Great Principles Shared By All Religions by Jeffrey Moses, the book contained quotes from every religion to show that basically they all say the same thing about the Golden Rule. In other words, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" exists in some form in all of the great religions of the world. Unfortunately for us all, the short form of The Golden Rule, "Love Thy Neighbor," seems to have been all but forgotten during this crazy election cycle time. What happened to us?

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