"I love having really solid work that represents who I was at that time," said Simons-Araya. "It helps me understand myself now. What's strange about it is just how absurd it seems, the older I get, that an eight-year-old would be writing songs that were so reflective." 

Simons-Araya thinks that most children are capable of deep self-reflection. 

"All my songs came from deep feelings I had. I think everyone has those deep feelings in them as kids," she said. "It is just a matter of being taught techniques of identifying them with words. My mom studied child development, and was a teacher. She home-schooled Isaac and I, and did a lot of intentional things to help us identify our feelings......... MORE HERE