We rejoice and are exceedingly glad to have listened to Sandi Kimmel's fourth studio album! On 12 new songs and chants, she demonstrates how everyday spirituality can be practiced with intention, attention, and joy. Thomas Barquee produced and arranged this exquisitely realized album on which he mixes Kimmel's folk and pop roots with a host of other musical genres. These stylistic shadings give Soul Feathers a global sound which is at once both ancient and modern.
Kimmel begins the album with praise for "Morning Light" where it is possible to turn to a new page in your life. "The world begins again and everything is new" are words that speak to our yearning to be fully human and to flourish as best we can.
In "Take Me Home," the singer/songwriter gives thanks for Grace that "shines like a beacon"; she affirms the peace that lives deep inside us all. We join her in the chorus singing "Let there be peace on Earth."
"Rare Rainy Day" is a reminder for us to surrender to not knowing or as Kimmel sings, "I think that the trick is to trust the unfolding." It is time for us to give up trying to control things like the weather and to take what comes.
The singer/songwriter calls "May I" a simple prayer for inner peace. Another song beckons us to live "Just For Today."
Kimmel calls in the "Divine Feminine" in a strident and melodic ballad where "Sophia, Shoshanna, Maria, Sarai" bring us "Wisdom, Love, Grace and Gratitude."
In several songs, Kimmel and Barquee have created what they call "chant-scapes" which devotees of kirtan will recognize as adding a devotional texture to the album.
Our favorites among the closing numbers are "Unsung Heroes," a tribute to caregivers, "Love Mother Earth" inspired by Rumi's poetic lines "There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground," and "Breathe Deep" where the body is given the respect it deserves as an important part of our everyday spirituality. The last words we hear are the soothing ones from Julian of Norwich: "All is well."