Songs for the Caregiving Soul, Featuring: Barbara McAfee
Barbara is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformative power of sound.
Her book, Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) was a #1 Amazon bestseller in Business Communication. The book is based on her 25 years as a voice coach, supporting people from many professions in learning how to access the full power and expression of the voice in service to their work and relationships.
Barbara’s musical keynotes blend practical content, sophisticated humor, and thought-provoking questions on topics including voice, leadership, and engagement.
Episode 1 – Song: House on Sherburne Street
Barbara McAfee is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynoter, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformative power of sound. Barbara’s music soothes the soul with thought provocative lyrics written from real-life experiences. As you listen to The House on Sherburne Street, not only will you get to know Barbara’s musical talents, you’ll learn a few things about Barbara’s father too.
Episode 2 – Song: Living Dying Man
On our second episode of Songs for the Caregiver Soul Barbara McAfee presents one of her classic songs Living Dying Man. Living Dying Man is a song written for one of Barbara’s best friends, Jamie. One of Jamie’s passions was an authentic conversation – it was the subject of the first book he and his wife, Maren, wrote. With beautiful lyrics that touch the soul, Barbara’s song takes authentic conversations to a new meaning, allowing us to be present at one of the most meaningful times in life.
Episode 3 – Song: Brain Rats
Those voices in our head. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all experienced them. They keep us awake a night, questing all of our decisions, controlling our doubting minds, those darn Brain Rats! On our third episode of Songs For The Caregiver Soul, we focus on Barbara McAfee’s popular song, “Brain Rats” and learn how to combat, and eliminate all that “junk in our head.”
Episode 4 – Song: Surrounding You
In episode 4 of “Songs For The Caregiver Soul” Barbara McAfee introduces us to the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer singing group Barbara established to bring comfort, hope and nourishment to those who are ill. Through Barbara’s song “Surrounding You”, we learn the essence of creating a compassionate presence and how to bring water to someone in a desert.
Episode 5 – Song: When I Die and Living in the Light
In episode 5 of “Songs For The Caregiver Soul” Barbara McAfee introduces two songs that continue us on the path of self-thought and self-enrichment. When I Die and Living in the Light are two very personal songs that talk about a taboo subject, our own death. Or is our own death a taboo subject? Could you write your own death song? While the topic matter might seem out of sorts, after you listen to these two wonderful songs, you’ll learn about the bond between two friends and how music brings healing, even in the most difficult of times.
Episode 6 – Song: Dwell In The Spirit of YES!
As caregivers, we understand sometimes just getting through the day can be challenging, yet music can help bolster our spirits! In episode 6 of “Songs For The Caregiver Soul” Barbara McAfee asks us to dwell in the spirit of YES! It’s a little Gospel, it’s a little Irish Blessing, it's a song that raises our hearts to whatever life brings us!