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IT’S ABOUT JOY - The Story Behind the Song

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 Every once in a while, there is a perfect confluence of events that produces a magical mixture of inspiration and energy…and a song is born. It’s About Joy was born on such a night.

Driving home from a songwriting workshop many years ago, my dear friend and then-collaborator Maria Benedetta LoBalbo (Beddy Sinkoff) and I were reviewing the feedback we'd received that evening from our songwriting colleagues. We had what can only be described as a peak experience, and the mystery of how the Universe works came into focus. It was early in my spiritual-muscle building, and I remember being very excited as we understood on the deepest level that the reason we were writing songs at all was because we had a passion to do it, to spread our joy and love in as many directions as possible. Our job was to trust the process and keep on writing and singing straight from our hearts.

It's about Joy, it's about Love
It's about faith and trust and guidance sent from above
How can I be sad when it's You I'm thinking of
It's about Joy Joy Joy, it's about Love.

The song became our anthem, reminding us that we had shifted into a new way of thinking and a new way of being. We understood more about the gift of the present moment and how it shapes the future. The more we sang about it, the deeper our understanding.

Letting go of yesterday I wake up from the dreams
Nothings ever as it was, or so it seems
So I focus on the moment for what it is and where I am
There's no time like the present for believing that I can!

Though it's been more than 20 years (!) since that fateful drive home from our workshop, the messages in the song reveal themselves in layer after layer. Recorded and engineered by John Guth, soaring harmonies by Maria and Lisa Jane Lipkin, I challenge you to listen without dancing around the living room. I've had people track me down through the Internet after hearing this song, letting me know that it's there Go To music track for uplifting and energizing. Of course, you're welcome to use it too!

It's About Joy

It's About Joy is one of the songs on my second album MUSIC IN MY SOUL.  Featuring John Guth, Maria Benedetta LoBalbo and Lisa Jane Lipkin, the song and the album are available on my website, or you can download it at CD Baby and iTunes. You can also listen to it - and ALL of my other music anytime - on SoundCloud.  Thanks for listening...and sharing!

IT'S ABOUT JOY
Music & lyrics by Sandi Kimmel & Beddy Sinkoff

Letting go of yesterday, I wake up from the dreams –
Nothing's ever as it was - or so it seems.

So I focus on the moment
For what it is and where I am.
There's no time like the present
For believing that I can!

It's about joy, it's about love
It's about faith and trust and guidance
Sent from above.
How can I be sad when it's You I'm thinking of?
It's about joy, joy, joy, it's about love,
It's about love.

Tomorrow's full of promises
I'm not allowed to know -
How the future will unfold, or where I'll go.

So I focus on the moment
For what it is and where I am.
There's no time like the present
For believing that I can!

It's about joy, it's about love
It's about faith and trust and guidance
Sent from above.
How can I be sad when it's You I'm thinking of?
It's about joy, joy, joy, it's about love,
It's about love.

© 1995 S. Kimmel & B. Sinkoff, Sandessence Music (BMI)

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