Al Inspirar (With This Breath)
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I wrote this song to sing with the prisoners at San Quentin, who often acutely feel the longing to begin again and to remember who they are. However, even before the ink was dry on “With This Breath,” I realized that this song was for me as well, and for all of us–a reminder that we can begin again with every breath.
English language version: With This Breath.
[2022.06.06—Separate notations were created for the English version (“With This Breath”) and the Spanish version (“Al Inspirar”). Musically, a change was made in measure 6 in both versions to add tied or slurred notes connecting back to measure 5. The new Spanish version was also changed to better reflect the intended alignment of notes with the Spanish syllables. The English lyrics are shown as a reference for singers familiar with the English version, not as a word-for-word translation of the Spanish lyrics.]
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Al inspirar yo recibo mi vida.
Al espirar yo honro mi ser.
Este voto lo puedo hacer ahora mismo:
Una nueva danza de esperanza