... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.


One of the wonderful things about writing a blog is that I have the opportunity to showcase some of my very talented friends, of which I blessedly have quite a few.

The light and beauty that these musicians I’ll share with you today are in such contrast to the dark and depraved spirits who conjured up such evil things as baby handcuffs that are on display in the African American Museum that my sister blogged about yesterday: Slavery to Bravery to Beautiful and Beyond- Come with Me!

It’s difficult to even write about them both in one article but I must, for that is just how infinitely immeasurable the contrast really is.

When Sabine van Baaren, whom I refer to as She with the Lovely Smile, invited me to her and pianist Mark Joggerst’s concert, I didn’t know what to expect. Sabine entered the room with a chant that came from somewhere deep within her soul. Could it be Hebraic or the echoes from an ancient Mayan civilization? Before I had time to consider this, Mark began to accompany her on his piano. Everyone sat back, relaxed, or as did a few of their fans, stretched out on pillows on the floor.

This soul sister sings music for the soul. Seriously. She is a healer, a songwriter and has the voice of an angel. Her harmonies are consistent and clean and light and inspiring and make you believe that the world really is a good place. Mark’s mastery of his craft compliments Sabine in such a way that he seems to make the music emanating from the piano keys, float all around her while gently yet at times strongly, telling his own story.

Open your eyes, open your mouth, feel and taste the joy of living”. Lyrics and music composed with the key to all that’s good in life and all the wonders life has to offer–a far, far cry away from a baby handcuff key.

Bravo You with the Lovely Smile and Marc. Thank you for the invite! Looking forward to the next time!