Gracie Vandiver & Friends
Trail Of Light
Trail of Light
"Trail of Light" received an Entertainment Industries Council 2008 PRISM Award! The songs on Trail of Light reflect the journey from alcoholism and addiction to a new life in recovery. It's a compilation CD that includes music from a variety of very talented independent artists and award-winning songwriters, including Paul Williams, Mary Gauthier, Jon Vezner, Jack Sundrud, and Sharon Vaughn, offering many different vocal styles and musical genres. The first twelve songs lyrically address the emotional twists and turns on the path, reflecting "What it was like," "What happened," and "What it's like now." The fifteen-song journey concludes with "A vision for you," offering songs of hope and inspiration to maintain solid footing in day-to-day recovery.
What It Was Like
(Performed by Sharon Vaughn)
Alcoholism and addiction comes in many forms. When we're "in our disease," we act out by trying to fill up a hole with all the things that don't work.
(Performed by Mary Gauthier)
A powerful picture in song that paints how an alcoholic feels when they're still drinking.
By My Own Hand
(Performed by Jack Sundrud)
When we take responsibility for the wreckage of our past, then we can begin the healing process and work towards mending our relationships.
(Performed by Totaro)
Learning a new way of life requires the courage to heal - and breakthroughs often result after breakdowns.
The Voice Inside
(Performed by Paula Hawley)
Faith is a powerful force that can carry us through life's difficulties. Sometimes faith comes from a feeling or from something someone said to us, or the words to a song.
Chance To Start Over
(Performed by Sonia Lee)
Shame can have a powerful hold on our emotions, acting like a ball and chain that we drag through life. "It's not the falling down that makes us fail, it's the staying there."
Learning To Live Again
(Performed by Just Ray)
There will be many "first time" moments of experiencing life clean and sober and it's important to acknowledge small daily victories. Accepting that your new life is a "work in progress" allows you to find peace, one day at a time.
What Happened To Me
(Performed by Mary Lyn B.)
In recovery we learn to "uncover, discover, and discard" – - uncovering some truths about ourselves, discovering how we have changed, and discarding old behaviors.
What It's Like Now
When I Get Outta Bed
(Performed by Jared Blake)
Each new day in recovery adds to our experience and results in strength and hope. Becoming and staying willing to ask for help is an integral part of your new way of life.
What You Gotta Go Through
(Performed by Jon Vezner)
We can't step around things that are uncomfortable or unpleasant. When we look into the face of reality and work through it the best we can, we begin to help ourselves; We stop recreating our problems and can truly move forward.
The Woman I Meant To Be
(Performed by Rachel Thibodeau)
After we acknowledge the damage done from our drinking and using, we can begin the healing process, which includes the commitment to becoming a better person, and with that comes self-forgiveness.
Finally Loving Myself
(Performed by Jane Godfrey)
We learn how to love ourselves when we discover what our needs are and begin taking those baby steps toward better self-care. We learn to love our whole self, not just the parts that are shiny.
A Vision For You
Trail Of Light
(Performed by Gracie Vandiver)
There are people all around us who have walked the road of recovery and they are willing to help those who follow in their footsteps. Then, as you change, you can share your experience and help someone else.
Through God's Eyes
(Performed by Misty Loggins)
There is great power in the negative voices that swirl around in our heads. If you can free yourself from the negative voices then you are truly free to do anything.
What You Can't See
(Performed by Ron Wallace)
It's easier to have faith and hope when things are going well, but when we're faced with difficulties is when it's even more important to exercise our spiritual muscles. Faith and hope come from trusting that there is more going on than only what we can see.
About Gracie Vandiver & Friends
There is an old saying: “Where words fail, music speaks.” Recovery Music speaks to the deepest corners of our hearts. It holds up the mirror of experience, gently whispering, I’ve been there, and I’m not there anymore.
The collection of songs on Trail of Light reflect the journey from alcoholism and addiction to a new life in recovery - and are all written from personal experience.
The first twelve songs lyrically address the emotional twists and turns on the path, capturing "What it was like," "What happened," and "What it's like now."
The fifteen-song journey concludes with "A vision for you," offering songs of hope and inspiration to maintain solid footing in day-to-day recovery.
Trail of Light was produced for Note To Self Recordings by SunlightOfTheSpirit.com's Founder, Gracie Vandiver, and was released on September 4, 2007, coinciding with National Recovery Month.
In addition to six songs penned by Vandiver, the compilation includes music from a variety of talented artists and award-winning songwriters such as Paul Williams, Mary Gauthier, Jon Vezner, Jack Sundrud, and Sharon Vaughn, offering many different vocal styles and musical genres.
Vandiver took the stage with 2006 Kerrville New Folk Finalist Sonia Lee, debuting music from Trail of Light for recovery community professionals during the annual Association For Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) conference on September 8th at Nashville's Renaissance Hotel.
She hopes to continue passing along the gifts she has received in recovery through sharing her personal story and performing songs about her journey.
A Note From Gracie Vandiver
My wish for you is that this CD will find its way into your spiritual toolkit to remind you that you're not alone.
And I hope that treatment centers will find a way to create opportunities to share the gifts of these songs with the many hearts they are helping on their journey in sobriety.
With deepest gratitude,