A week ago, I participated in another wonderful home recital/seminar held by my new coach, Hannah Anders. I enjoyed participating and received helpful feedback from the other singers who were there. I also loved hearing the different musical styles and beautiful voices of her other students.
The song that I shared on that day was “Set You Free.” The following night, I performed it at Kulak’s Woodshed and had a lot more power in my voice than usual. I attribute that to the confidence I’ve gained working with Hannah. With courage, I’ve shared that performance on the video above.
Below is a link to a recording of my introduction to “Set You Free” at the recital/seminar:
For me songwriting is mystical and magical. I was trying to decide which song to play today. I chose my song “Set You Free.”
I didn’t write songs for thirty years; I played the guitar when I was 15 and then I stopped when I got married at the age of 21. I was very unhappily married and was taking care of my sick parents. I wanted to write a song, but I didn’t know if I could thirty years later; at the time, I was 52 years old.
First, I wrote a song for my son who died (in 1992) and then I wrote this one “Set You Free.”
My father was really sick and he suffered a lot before he died. I wrote this song a year before he died; I thought he was going to die that weekend.
But the meaning for this song was that I ended up setting myself free.
After my father died, I asked my husband for a divorce. I had no idea when I wrote the lyrics, “I long for you to hold me” – it wasn’t just about my dad. There was a lot more to it . . .
Below is a recent acoustic recording of my song:
More links to other stories about this song:
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