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Song: Draw Closer

I feel like I've had so many songs sitting and waiting to come out this year. I'm not sure why...  But I think I've just reached an age where I care a LOT less what people think and have stopped trying to make the songs FIT in a box that I have constructed from years of fear and insecurity- songs never written because they were edited before they'd even seen the light of day.   They didn't have a chance to grow with those kinds of limitations. I've reached the stage of: Who cares if it's not the most current "sound" or if it's a number one hit?  And you know what? It's made writing so FREE again - like when I was a kid.   Here's a song that was in me. And it wanted out. So I gave it it's wish this week. After I wrote this one yesterday - Kai decided to make a lyric video for it too.  It's not perfect. But I loved writing it and enjoyed so much working with Kai on this! Grab a seat. And listen. And breathe in these words from Jam
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