The stories of people walking through their every day lives with courage and grace have always inspired my songwriting. But a move to this desert has deepened my perspective on just how much courage it takes for some who call this Sonoran Desert home to simply make it through the day. Yes, the desert is beautiful and wild and captivating. But its history is as complicated as its present. Now fully entrenched here, I am pulled to write about those experiences as well as my own. In the Shadow of the Wall, inspired by true migrant stories, is one of those desert songs.