I must confess that I'm a bit biased when it comes to this song. I'm obsessed with it, and have been impatiently waiting for it to hit radio since CRS. When Chris Janson performed it at the "New Faces" show, I cried (though I'm pretty sure there were lots of other tear-streaked faces in the room). And, confession number two: I may or may not tear up every time I listen to it. "Holdin' Her" has found a way directly to my heartstrings, and I think that's because for a song so simple, it holds SO much love in it. This song is straight from the heart and it's sincere. Whether you're a husband or a wife, a father or a daughter, or you have someone out there that you love, you can relate. I think that's why it was such a smash at CRS. Janson has a way of telling a story about falling in love that's so relatable, "One Tuesday night in an underground pool hall / That's where I saw her for the first time / Right around last call / She stole my heart and I started walking down a new road." And instantly we can all picture ourselves there. He adds, “On a park bench down on fourth street I popped the question / And to my amazement she actually said yes / Tears filled my eyes as I slipped a ring on her hand.” The hook, though, is that chorus –that's what makes me cry. "And when I'm holdin' her / It's like peace on earth / Where time stands still / Love's the only thing, yeah that I feel / When she's in my arms / No matter where we are / You know I'm right at home when I'm holdin' her." I don't know that you can ever truly capture the magnitude of love in words, but Chris Janson does a damn good job. This song captures that goodness, that bond so strong that when you're holding the one you love, nothing else matters because you're "right at home, holdin' her." If you were at CRS, you experienced the power of this song and this artist, and if you weren't, trust me on this. I'll make it easy for you: Add this song. Then, go home and tell your husband, wife, mother, father, daughter, son, or whomever, that you love them.
Impacting: Monday, May 2nd