“my heart was hangin’ up high” was released in 2017. this is the acoustic version. i wrote this song when i was going through a difficult period of personal defeats and self-doubt. writing this song and presenting this story of self-expression was a big part of how i managed to endure and overcome those challenges. now when i have to face new times of anxious feelings and uneasiness, i write more music to confront these new enemies. but songs i’ve written in the past, they are like timestamps of past struggles that serve as a reminder to myself that i have once been fazed by obstacles. i’ve also once survived them. music i’ve written doesn’t recount how i reached my eventual resolutions; but rather, it reminds me that i was once troubled, challenged by hardships i might have thought i wasn’t to overcome. an old song you’ve written is like an old buddy who you chat with about the past, and is proud of you for the little accomplishments you’ve achieved for yourself. they remind you that it is ok to be proud. as this music plays, in my own lyrics i find compassion and solace. in my own harmonies i’m gifted with peace of mind. in my own melody i’m elevated and inspired by comfort. i can be empowered to believe that i will once again arrive at a place of contentment. music, it truly is something, isn’t it?