By COLlive reporter
A new song by award-winning musician and composer Sarah Dukes takes listeners on a cathartic journey, validating and expressing a broken heart, a searching soul and the vulnerability of pain.
Dukes, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, was shaken when she learned about the tragic and sudden passing of Hindi Kanarfogel, a young mother in her neighborhood who left behind five children and her beloved husband.
She took to composing an emotional ballad reflecting on the experience of losing a loved one. The result was “Yesterday Again” which delivers a striking performance of emotional intelligence and vulnerability.
“This song was composed straight from my soul – my being- my essence,” says Dukes, whose stirring collection of original piano solos is featured on dozens of international radio stations and on multiple airline’s entertainment systems.
“I composed it after hearing about the tragic losses of some very special people, which shook me to my core,” she told COLlive.com. “I immediately began composing this song from deep in my soul. The emotions were so intense and overwhelming, and the only way I knew I could process and release them was through music.”
Dukes’ music has been solely instrumental until now. “Yesterday Again” is her debut as not only a songwriter but as a lyricist. In keeping with the halachic law that men are prohibited from hearing a woman sing, the song is movingly performed by Clay Agnew, a vocalist from Nashville, who brings a soulful yet haunting emotion to the song.
“Music has the power to evoke strong emotions and can be extremely healing,” Dukes says. “It can validate and acknowledge our pain and take us past the numbness to truly feel. Through this, we can once again feel a true connection, attachment, and love to and from others.”
“Yesterday Again” introduces a new level of musical beauty to Dukes’ already powerful collection of original compositions which were recognized when she was selected for the first round ballots for the 59th Grammy Awards.
“The emotions are raw, the lyrics are simple, the music, minimal,” Dukes says. “The song is delicate, while at the same time, so, so powerful and moving. And comforting.”
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