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
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
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
Out of Control
reflects upon the First Step and how our lives have become unmanageable
due to our addictions
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.
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
Everything Has Changed (But Nothing’s
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.
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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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.