I composed “Set You Free” during a very stressful time in my life. My mother’s dementia was worsening and my father suffered with painful urinary tract infections. He was despondent and wanted to die. A moment earlier I had spoken with him on the phone. He was very sick and wouldn’t allow me to come and take him to the hospital.
To ease my sadness, I played my guitar and beautiful chords began to appear. Then the phone rang; it was a nurse telling me that my father was being taken to a nearby hospital emergency room by ambulance.
I left in the summer twilight to go to the hospital and when I returned home, I couldn’t sleep.
I began to write lyrics to go with the beautiful new guitar chords I had discovered the day before. My new song, which I named “Set You Free,” began with the words: “You’re hanging on, as night turns to dawn.”
Whenever I sang my song, I cried because I also remembered Jason’s unforgettable essence. Then I understood. My song was about setting myself free.
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