Forest Maker

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This song gives a glimpse into my deepest sin of searching for belonging, resulting in sexual brokenness from a young age, but the inexplicable redemption that I await that can reach through years of heartache and longing.


I am not the solid one, no I’m not that kind. Blades of grass cut under me as I give to them some mind. Could I have thought of all of this? Will I begin to shine? Separate the mountains with a dance of your design. The water in a solid state congregates on my window pane as the searing truth, it washes me: am I not to stay the same? But hatred has no place here; there is no room left for shame. Fog fills in like the pain that I have felt since I began. There’s a person I’ve been dreaming of my mirror never shows, someone in the middle of the woods with moonlight glow. I dreamt of a crown of flowers and riddance of demise with no judgement and no history. May as well have dreamt to fly. Sunlight rises over the winter horizon, aching and stretching in the shell of my reflection. Forest maker, sing like you’re the only one. For the first time I am breathing, for now it’s taking my breath away.


from Wilderness Hymnal, released March 1, 2016



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Brandon Wadley Indianapolis, Indiana

Earthy alt folk songwriting with disarming, cathartic lyricism and floral notes of art punk and 90s indie rock.

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