Every once in a while you hear a song that for whatever reason grips you. Dierks Bentley’s new song “I Hold On” has been that for me. I heard it a few times before I really listened to the words but this past weekend I was driving and really thought about the lyrics and I have not been able to stop listening to it since then.
There was a great article in the Chicago Tribune yesterday about this new album and Dierks talked about the inspiration behind this song:
“My dad had just passed away, and I was sitting in Arizona watching the sunset,” Bentley recalls about the original inspiration for the song. “I was thinking about how we had taken a road trip from Phoenix to Nashville when I was 19 years old in a 1994 Chevy truck. I asked myself, ‘Why do I still have that old truck? I’ve made enough money. I’ve been offered free trucks. So why do I hold on to it?’ The reason is my dad and the memories we made on that road trip. That’s where the title came from. I’m sitting in that truck right now. My dog Jake has been with me for 13 years, and he’s still sitting here next to me, riding shotgun.”
I have thought for a few days about why I like this song so much and it is because of the way I hold on to things. I am a minimalist and there are very few things that I have that really mean a lot to me. It is not my iPad, it is not a TV, it is nothing that anyone else would want. The things I hold on to are sentimental and mean everything to me and nothing to the rest of the world. Handwritten letters from family, my grandfather’s lighter from when he was in the Army and fought in the Korean War, ticket stubs to sporting events. Not only do these items bring back good memories they remind me of what is important. At the end of the day I want to treasure items like these and focus less on having the next Apple product. It is not shocking information that all people have sentimental items that they cherish. What is shocking is when we start to live in a way that proves those things are the most important in our lives and not gadgets and other things.