Abby Holliday Pays “The Value” in Her Anthem of Acceptance & Letting Go


A catchy, cathartic, and churning internal reckoning, Abby Holliday’s “The Value” is emotionally charged indie pop at its most interesting: An aching anthem of hard-won acceptance acknowledging the previous’s pressure on the current, and all of the lingering trauma and scars which will by no means absolutely heal or dissipate.
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If loving you was against the law, I’m nonetheless paying the value…

One of the largest life classes, for me, has been the gradual however regular acceptance that all the pieces and everybody I do know is momentary and liminal.

Simply because individuals come and go from our lives doesn’t imply we will’t admire them for who they have been to us once they have been with us and we knew them finest – whether or not it’s a friendship, a misplaced love, or somebody’s passing.

The Price - Abby Holliday
The Value – Abby Holliday

Clearly, I’m not the one one ruminating on these items, as a result of Abby Holliday‘s newest single takes this similar thought and turns it right into a spellbinding, soul-stirring tune. A catchy, cathartic, and churning internal reckoning, “The Value” is aching, emotionally charged indie pop at its most interesting, and one other plain “win” from the Cincinnati-bred, Nashville-based singer/songwriter (and longtime Atwood favourite).

Independently launched Might 17, Holliday’s third tune of the yr (following “Immortal” and “Sleeping Sculpture”) acknowledges the previous’s pressure on the current, and all our lingering trauma and scars that by no means absolutely heal or dissipate: How we will suppose we’re unequivocally “over” one thing or somebody, solely to be thrown proper again into the messy metaphorical trenches simply by an opportunity encounter.

A contact on the shoulder
Wow, you look older
I’ve missed out in your grownup life
However the fault wasn’t mine proper?
The fault wasn’t mine, proper
Faux I didn’t discover you
Proper whenever you walked in
The ball is in your courtroom
And also you selected to say hello
And I don’t thoughts
Actually, I don’t thoughts
Abby Holliday "The Price" © Grace Holliday
Abby Holliday “The Value” © Grace Holliday

Abby Holliday "The Price" © Grace Holliday
Abby Holliday “The Value” © Grace Holliday

Born out of 1 such expertise with a ghost from her previous, “The Value” sees Holliday coping with these uncooked, visceral feelings in actual time,

attempting to untangle her current self from the particular person she was, all of the whereas acknowledging simply how arduous it truly is to dwell and let die, so-to-speak. She hits a fever pitch within the tune’s irresistible and spirited refrain, dwelling in swimming pools of brilliant, daring sonics and susceptible, uncovered depths as she comes to understand “it’s not against the law to like anyone and let it die if it must die.”

However , I’m met with my previous
It’s like I’m wanting on the backside of a wanting glass
Abruptly, I notice
It’s not against the law to like anyone
And let it die
If it must die

“‘The Value’ was written shortly after operating into somebody from my previous,” Holliday explains. “It’s straightforward to take a look at previous relationships and kind of cringe at the way you acted on the time. All the complicated emotions post-break up can simply lump right into a destructive connotation in the direction of all of it. Perhaps you could have regrets. Perhaps you’ve tried to lock that a part of your life away so deep in your thoughts that it by no means resurfaces.”

“‘The Value’ describes the flood of feelings that include unexpectedly being face-to-face with the one that as soon as knew you so deeply, however is aware of nothing about you now. I believe it’s a wonderful factor when one thing ends, and you’ve got a lot separation from the state of affairs, you could ultimately admire it for what it was, and notice ‘it’s not against the law to like anyone and let it die.’”

Only for a second
I’m a baby of our divorce
I’m each mother and father and the child
in the midst of the storm

I nonetheless stick up for each side
However the fault wasn’t mine proper?
The fault wasn’t mine, proper
Abruptly, I’m met with my previous
It’s like I’m wanting on the backside of a wanting glass
Abruptly, I notice
It’s not against the law to like anyone
And let it die
If it must die
Abby Holliday "The Price" © Grace Holliday
Abby Holliday “The Value” © Grace Holliday

Abby Holliday "The Price" © Grace Holliday
Abby Holliday “The Value” © Grace Holliday

Directly heavy and light-weight, “The Value” proves a hypnotic, mesmerizing pressure on each the ears and the center as Abby Holliday spins collectively her very personal anthem of hard-won acceptance.

No matter we’re coping with or working via, be it a recent scab or an previous wound, it helps to keep in mind that therapeutic is a protracted and winding street; some days and weeks will inevitably be higher than others, and typically we might discover ourselves again at sq. one – however there additionally comes a time the place we get up, and we aren’t bothered anymore; we go about our days and we don’t give it some thought, and life goes on prefer it all the time does.

And if we’re not there tomorrow, or the subsequent day, or the day after that, then that’s okay too: “If loving you was against the law, I’m nonetheless paying the value,” Holliday sings in her tune’s ultimate moments, in bittersweet recognition of how probably the most turbulent ideas, recollections, and emotions have a nasty behavior of sticking round gone their welcome.

A uncooked rush of sound introduced upon by a uncooked rush of emotion, “The Value” is a lush, cinematic fever dream: An evergreen reminder we’re by no means alone in what we’re feeling, and that it’s okay to let the previous keep prior to now.

I can see the disgrace in your eyes
After all the push and pull
I’m nonetheless tethered to your line and
I’ve received a husband
You’ve received a spouse
And the fault wasn’t mine, proper?
The fault wasn’t mine
Abruptly, I’m met with my previous
It’s like I’m wanting on the backside of a wanting glass
Abruptly, I notice
It’s not against the law to like anyone
And let it die
(If it must die)
If loving you was against the law
I’m nonetheless paying the value

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