by John L Keck
This song began as a conversation with friends regarding “Trading Polaroid’s for memories” when celebrating and commiserating. On this occasion we were commiserating the election results. The words started flowing and the line “Holding on to Dear Life” came out. The song became something truly significant to me when an off duty police Officer Thomas Orr was shot and killed at a venue I was preparing to perform at. His death occurred on Sunday (August 20th 2017) the day after was the total solar eclipse and the following Friday we performed the song for the first time. His death had a profound impact on me, the idea of playing music in this place where someone just lost their life... This song has become a cathartic anthem for me, a collection of experiences translated to lyrics that with each line have a literal and symbolic meaning for me. A reminder to “hold on to life” with both fists, while remembering how delicate it is. Musically, the organ was added to provide immediate recognition of a universally recognized spiritual presence.