These Things Do Not Define You

from by Leslie Sanazaro

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    One of the first tracks released through the Daughters of Cambodia project by Leslie Sanazaro. Featuring Dawn Weber on trumpet.

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  • Beautiful 6 panel cd package with photography from Cambodia by Alexis Santi and original collage art by Rebecca Ryan. Includes song lyrics and Daughters of Cambodia project explanation as well as all the amazing musicians involved!
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One of the very first songs I wrote for the Daughters of Cambodia project. An empowerment song, still beautiful and dreamy, that shows us that no matter what has happened to us in the past, it does not define who we are or what the future will be.


There are not enough tears in the world
To wash away what's happening here
There are never too many voices singing loud enough
To quiet the fears of the dark
And the moon she knows you
Let her hold your secrets there and may you
Be free to live.

'Cause These Things Do Not Define You
There's a part of you
You can always return to
A fire down inside where
The light will dry your crying eyes

Let the rain wash away
The hot and dusty night
May you rise with the flowers of the day.

May each day be blessed, may your spirit come alive
You are beauty, you are light, you are love
And possibility is shown in the ever open sky
It stretches on and on and on.


from First We Cry, Then We Laugh, released November 30, 2011
Vocals and keys- Leslie Sanazaro
Bass- Eric Grossman
Trumpet- Dawn Weber
Drums- Kyle Honeycutt
Teddy Presberg- Synth, engineering, mixing, production



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