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  • @saraevansmusic gave me my first hit on her Born to Fly record with "Saints & Angels" when her son Avery was a baby. It was a beautiful, surreal, full circle experience to co-write #lettingyougo with her and @emilymariejames now that Avery is about to do his own flying away. Thanks @theboot_dotcom & Sara for this great bit about the song. .................................................................. "One of Evans’ personal favorite songs on Words is a tearjerker called “Letting You Go.” Evans wrote it with Emily Shackleton and Victoria Banks, about her oldest child, 17-year-old Avery, who is starting his senior year of high school this fall. ........................................................................ “We just started talking about how fast it goes, and how sad it is,” Evans recalls, tears filling her eyes. “‘Oh my gosh, wasn’t I just brushing your hair?’ The chorus is trying to stay sane, like, I’m not going to overreact: ‘Loving you is holding you / Lifting you up and giving you wings.’ But then, in the second verse, it’s kind of angry — ‘Time is a liar’ — because I remember people telling me, ‘It goes fast. It really does.’ And I used to think, ‘Yeah yeah.’ And it does, because I still think of Avery as my kindergartner. .............................................................“But then we were really determined that we didn’t want to leave it on a bad note,” Evans continues. “I’m not angry — but I am, just at life in general. Why does it have to go so fast? Then at the end, we said, ‘But you were also born to fly away.’ We were like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I thought of that.”
  • Our #DowneasterAlexa. @dpetrelli
  • Awesome piece about our song in @soundslikenashville! @saraevansmusic @emilymariejames "[Sara is] equally passionate about the heartfelt “Letting You Go,” which she penned with Emily Shackleton and Victoria Banks. “It’s really hard for me to even talk about the song. You don’t make an album every year, and I knew that Avery is about to be a senior, and he would have graduated by the time I started another record. So, if I was going to write a song about him, this was the album to do it. We wrote it, and the two other writers were both women – and we sobbed the entire time we were writing the song. We were talking about how it sucks that time goes by so fast, and what happened to my babies? He’s still my little boy, still my son, but he’s a young man now. It’s getting to the point where we just won’t have that same type of relationship that we did when he was two years old and sleeping in the back room of the bus with mommy, and traveling with me everywhere. The second verse really gets me where I say that ‘I get it. All of your life I have prepared you to leave.’ Time is not our friend, and life just flies by. It’s gut-wrenching, especially if you have a child who is about ready to leave home. It’s devastating, but it’s a good pain.”
  • Love me some @jakescherermusic & @philbarton222 songwriting magic! It's a good 'un!! #soundsexpensive #yeahbaby
  • I have a late co-writing start today, so this morning I'm helping Dave cover up the pink in his new classroom. It's gonna take a week for him to get this done! #teacherlife #tennessee
  • If you go "boom" when you're dancing, you just have to shake it off and get up and dance even harder. #billyjoel #allforleyna #babyalexa
  • Proud to be a writer on @abimusic 's new single #Matches alongside cowriter/producer extraordinaire @lindsayrimes. You go, girl!
  • Writing at @bmgnashville's New Mexico office today. PSYCH! It's just @thejoeginsberg's kickass office decor taking us there. @emilymariejames

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