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REMEMBERING

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July is filled with obstacles to navigate. How can such a beautiful summer be so painful? One year ago today, I received a phone call from my dear step sister Leslie telling me that my step brother William had taken his own life. In that moment, the world seemed not as colorful. Then, as fate would have it, my other step brother, Jeffrey passed away four short months after Bill, only 10 days after being diagnosed with acute leukemia. Later this week would have been his birthday.

On one hand it feels like yesterday. On the other hand, I'm so aware of all of the events and ordinary moments we were forced to celebrate without them. I keep thinking about the ripple effect these two losses made in the pond of my life. The ripple emanating from each of us in our blended families has touched others, as we all experience our own thoughts about death. Our family constellation lost two bright stars all at once, and we are all affected by the increased darkness. Grief touches everyone differently. There is no right way to grieve.

Our entire world is grieving right now - from Orlando to Dallas to Bangladesh, shootings and earthquakes and typhoons and floods. It is hard to even imagine the magnitude of the pain, every loss like a stone in the pond making ripples. At some point, we are all touched by a ripple and affected by the grief.

The only thing I can think to do is to share the healing vibration of music written and delivered from the heart. I wrote the lyrics to Safe Journey  to honor Bill's memory. My co-writer and recording artist Thomas Barquee made magic with the mood and the meaning. Safe Journey is a safe place to express the powerful emotions, and sing and dance in whatever way you're inspired. Allow yourself the full range of feelings, and let it lead you to feel the hope and possibility. More than anything, feel the love, feel the love...

Here is a link to the song on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/sandikimmel/safe-journey

Click the link and turn up your speakers, please. You'll also find all my other songs there, for your listening pleasure. And by all means, bring your friends!

May the music soothe your grieving heart. And mine.

SAFE JOURNEY

Words by Sandi Kimmel
Music by Thomas Barquee

Safe journey wherever you’re going
Safe journey after you’ve gone
My love will always be with you
As you travel beyond the Beyond

    Bless bless bless you for living
    And giving my life the sparkle and style
    Peace peace peace in your leaving
    I know you’re at peace but I’ll miss your smile

Safe journey in love’s sweet vibration
Safe journey into the light
I know you’ll always be with me
In the beauty of each starry night

    Bless bless bless you for living
    And giving my life the sparkle and style
    Peace peace peace in your leaving
    I know you’re at peace but I’ll miss your smile

    Bless bless bless you for living
    And giving my life the sparkle and style
    Peace peace peace in your leaving
    I know you’re at peace but I’ll miss your smile

Safe journey into the darkness
Safe journey out of the pain
I sense your spirit is dancing
And I know we will meet again    

    Bless bless bless you for living
    And giving my life the sparkle and style
    Peace peace peace in your leaving
    I know you’re at peace but I’ll miss your smile

© 2015 S. Kimmel & T. Barquee

Cover by Patrick J. Murphy

Thomas Barquee and Sandi Kimmel have joined musical forces to create powerful songs filled with messages of practical spirituality wrapped in soaring melodies. Each have distinguished careers as composers and recording artists, and their collaboration truly calls forth the best of them both. Together, Thomas and Sandi write music that is peaceful and nourishing, not tied to any religious format or yoga practice-based language. These musical meditations embrace pop song structures while at the same time, deliver the depth and energy of a sacred music or classical concert. Their heart-opening and healing songs about love, life and wisdom combine memorable melodies, powerful lyrics and rich vocals. Thanks for listening and sharing.

 

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