Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It

Back on March 26, around the start of this whole lockdown life we’ve been stumbling through all these months, and all the while with the faint hope that tomorrow everything will be okay, I heard today’s selection, by the Montréal, Canada band, Stars.

DJ John Richards played the track on The Morning Show with John Richards on KEXP Seattle that day. I’ve thought of posting it for a long time, and today feels like the right day to do that.

My older lad and I saw Stars in concert some years ago in the Walker Theatre (okay, it’s now called the Burton Cummings Theatre, but it’ll always be the Walker to me). They put on a fantastic show. Their two front-people, Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, share lead vocal duties and sing some beautiful songs. Being at the show watching them felt like hanging out on a balcony with them, just taking in life and embracing it with friends. The experience of one song they sang, about being travelling musicians, remains with me to this day. But, thing is, I can’t remember the actual song, just the powerful sense of gratitude and contentment Campbell gave off with as he sat on the edge of the stage, looking out on the audience as he sang to us. Funny thing, memory. (By the way, I briefly mentioned Stars in my post on “Lonely Is as Lonely Does,” a great song by two other Canadian artists — and I recommend you listen to it.)

“There’s been a lot of talk of love
But that don’t amount to nothing
You can evoke the stars above
But that doesn’t make it something

And the only way to last
And the only way to live it
Is to hold on when you get love,
And let go when you give it… give it.”

(from “Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It,” by Evan Cranley, Torquil Campbell, Patrick McGee, Amy Millan, Chris Seligman, Chris McCarron)

Today I’m thinking, yeah, there’s the pandemic, and yeah, it’s getting worse, with so many selfish people not following public health guidelines and endangering so many of us. But, there is also a lot of love in the world; old love, new love, maturing love, love leaving, and love just arriving… like in the innocent, trusting eyes of a newborn child. Love of others, love of self; it’s all needed.

Maybe that’s all I need to tell you for today… other than saying to look out there for love. It’s there. We all just need to learn what to hold, and what to let go, and when.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the song from the Stars official YouTube channel:

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