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.
Spanish language version: Al Inspirar
[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.]
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With this breath, I receive what is given me.
With this breath, I honor who I am.
It’s a vow we can make in any moment:
A second chance, a brand new dance,
With this breath.