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Scott Clifton

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Iím looking forward to the peace of mind to just write... Songwriting is something that I just fell into. I never expected to love it. But Iíve always had to kind of treat it like a hobby. Now itís going to feel so good to know that I can just sit down and write.
Responding to the end of his contract with General Hospital, as quoted in "Going Going... Gone" by Rosemary A. Rossi, for ABC Soaps in Depth.

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