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If her new album What You Keep is any indication, life is good for Barbara Kessler these days. After taking a decade-long hiatus from record-making and touring to focus on her family, she’s back with 10 gems wrapped in her exquisite voice and shining with the joy that comes from aging, acceptance and boatloads of gratitude. “What You Keep emerged after taking a serious break from my touring career to raise my family and rediscover my passion for music,” says Kessler from her home outside Boston. “A few years ago, my husband Phil completed work on our 1850's barn to turn it into a family room/recording studio, and I got to work. In the years since I’d been home with my kids—after a long stretch of silence—these songs slowly started to appear until they formed into a scrapbook of my life. The title is inspired by the proverb ‘what you give away, you keep.’ These are simple love songs, inspired by the simplest things in life.” Performing Songwriter, January 2012