The Story Behind the Music

“Serenity,” Sandy Soffe's second album, is a captivating combination of songs that express musical meditations on the Twelve Steps used by recovery programs. The original selections were written, adapted, and sung by Sandy. 

Her collaboration with Doug Benson of Harvest Recording in Thurmont produced an album that captures the message of recovery and puts it to music in a way that embraces the heart and soul of the listener.

The title song Serenity Prayer is a musical adaptation of the familiar “Serenity Prayer” that is recited at Twelve Step meetings at Alcoholic's Anonymous . Some of the background vocals were performed by several of Soffe’s vocal students ranging in ages nine to adult and also members of the Emmitsburg Community Chorus (a local chorus that was directed by Sandy). 

The music on the album may be classified as adult contemporary, but has a broad spectrum of musical flavors including Latin, jazz, blues, and country leading up to a full classical sound in the finale, Sandy’s adaptation of the Lord’s Prayer set to the music of Jean Sibelius' Finlandia. 

The whole album expresses the challenge, the hope, and the joy of recovery from addictions in a way that moves the listener to enter fully into the spirituality of the Steps.

Description of Songs

The Serenity Prayer 
a song written after the popular prayer “Serenity Prayer”. It helps us ask our Higher Power to give us the faith and strength to give ourselves over to Him. See Video

Out of Control
reflects upon the First Step and how our lives have become unmanageable due to our addictions

Childlike Faith 
reflects upon the Second Step reminding us that we need to believe in the Higher Power with the faith of a child

Let It Go
reflects upon the Third Step by giving the message that we need to take everything we do out of our own hands and place it totally into the hands of the Higher Power

The Other Me
reminds us of Step Four and what our lives were like before we started The Twelve Step Program. We need to see how we were, so as not to repeat the same mistakes.

Secrets -
is meditative upon the Fifth Step where we examine our souls and confess anything that will keep us from recovery

Ready and Willing
a meditation on the Sixth Step, helps us examine ourselves to see if we have come to the point where we are ready and willing to give our lives over to the Higher Power

Better Than I Was
is a reflection on the Seventh Step reminding us that we are better than what we were, but we still have a way to go in our recovery. We ask our Higher Power to remove our defects.

I See The Light 
reflects upon the Eighth Step meditating on how we are trying to amend our lives. See Video

Everything Has Changed (But Nothing’s Different) 
reflects upon the Ninth Step reminding us that we have changed so much on our road to recovery, but until we make amends to family and friends, we cannot fully recover. 

Reflections
is a meditation on the Tenth Step in which we reflect upon our day. It is a daily inventory of our behaviors.

Grant Us Peace, O Lord
is a prayerful meditation on the Eleventh Step where we ask for peace and faith on our road to recovery.

Pass It On 
reflects upon the Twelfth Step by reminding us always to share what we have learned from our recovery process to help others with addictions.

Our Father’s Song
is a musical meditation on The Lord’s Prayer, a prayer that is popular at many Twelve Step Meetings.

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The Twelve Steps are reprinted and adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (A.A.W.S.) Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps does not mean that A. A. W. S. has reviewed or approved the contents of this musical CD, or that A.A.W.S. necessarily agrees with the views expressed herein. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only - use of the Twelve Steps in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or in any other non A.A. context, does not imply otherwise. Additionally, while A.A. is a spiritual program, A.A. is not a religious program. Thus, A.A. is not affiliated or allied with any sect, denomination, or specific religious belief.

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