“Hold On”- a song story

A song that is able to bring life from death should be celebrated. In the vein of highlighting artists who write music with power stories behind the lyrics, I would like to introduce you to a good friend James Merkely. I had the privilege of recording his song “Hold On” recently and wanted to share it with you all.

From James:
This song was written for a very good friend of mine, Warren Jordan, who passed away in a tragic accident, but it is also a declaration of my heart. He was a man who lived and dedicated his life for the Lord, his family, and his friends. He was greatly loved, and is dearly missed.

When Warren first died, I tried so hard to come up with a compilation of words in song form that would do him justice. Song after song came out, but none seemed “good enough”. Finally after several weeks of trying and not seeing any results, the phrase: “Everybody chases mysteries, but I just want to catch what’s in front of me”, jumped into my head as if Warren himself said it to me. I knew right away that this was the way I needed to write this song, from his perspective.

So I began analyzing how this phrase must have tied into Warren’s life, and honestly the song came to me easily at this point. In the first verse, I show how Warren found the loving embrace of God that changed his life forever. In the second verse, Warren declares that no matter what comes his way, his love and devotion is for the Lord. Finally, I tried to look at the big picture when Warren came face to face with his Heavenly Father. I remember writing each portion of this verse while sobbing like a baby. I could clearly imagine God speaking to Warren the phrase that I and most believers long to hear: “Well done my good and faithful servant”.

Warren’s life was truly inspiring. I too long to live in complete awareness of “what’s in front of me”, and I too want to hear Jesus tell me that I did all He asked of me. I wrote this song for Warren, but also for anyone who hears it. Don’t chase the things that don’t matter, instead, catch whats in front of you.