One of the most compelling tracks from Miranda Lambert’s chart-topping album Platinum is the dreamily romantic “Holding on to You.” The tune is the result of a seemingly effortless co-writing session the country superstar had with friends Ashley Monroe and Jessi Alexander.
“You ever write songs and are just, like, trudging through and trudging through and you can’t ever, ever resolve?” Lambert asks her co-authors in this exclusive “Behind the Song” video. (Watch the clip above.) Although the three of them agree that can definitely be the case from time to time, the writers also concur that the aforementioned song was an exception to that rule, and “one that wrote itself.”
“It’s like we were trying to catch up,” Monroe says.
“We played it over and over,” Alexander recalls. “We were, like, addicted. We wanted to eat the song over and over and over. It was so delicious.”
The song was also rooted in truth, Alexander explains. There really was snow on the ground in Michigan, where they wrote the song, and when she recorded it in the studio, Lambert’s passionate vocal was inspired by recalling the recent loss of a lifelong friend of her father’s and the love that friend shared with his wife. But another of its best qualities, Lambert notes, is that the song can be played for anyone and will elicit a different reaction depending on what memories and feelings the listener brings to it, which is why it has such widespread appeal.
“You could play it for Elton John or… Loretta Lynn,” Monroe says in agreement.
Lambert, who sang “Holding on to You” at the CMT Artists of the Year special in December, is nominated and will perform at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where Platinum competes for Country Album of the Year.