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by Sarah Hiltz

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Swim is the first single from my upcoming album, Calm Fury. It's one of eleven songs that came out of a research project I conducted on how Canadians experience, express and repress anger, especially women.

One of my interviewees made an interesting observation about how repetitive physical motion can help release feelings of anger. Swim compares the experience of physical exertion with the sensation of anger in the body. It also describes one of my personal coping mechanisms for feeling and releasing feelings of anger--attending my neighbourhood lane swim!


I focus on my breath, on my breath
I push away from the edge
Every exhale measures time

Bittersweet symphony keeps playing
Ironic quartet of strings
So I swim to match the pace
Feel my heart begin to race

Feel fires rage
Lungs burn, hands shake
Touch, turn
Work it out inside the lane

I focus on the place that I am in
Water covering my skin
And it all begins to fade
Carried off with each new wave

Feel fires rage
Ice form, glass break
Lungs burn, hands shake
Touch, turn, rethink
Touch, turn
Work it out inside the lane


released October 22, 2021
Vocals - Sarah Hiltz, Colleen Brown, Tara Kannangara, Rachael Cardiello
Piano - SH
Guitar - SH
Bass - Connor Walsh
Drums - Charlotte Cornfield
Vibraphone, Tenor Glockenspiel - Bruce Cawdron

Produced by Sarah Hiltz & Howard Bilerman
Recorded and mixed by Howard Bilerman
Assisted by Shae Brossard
Mastered by Harris Newman

Vocals arranged by Sarah Hiltz

Recorded in September 2020 at hotel2tango in Montréal, QC.

Art Director - Josiah Bilagot
Photographer - Vicky Lam
Prop Stylist - Christina Yan
Assistant Photographer - Yann Gracia

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


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