Steve Holy – “Love Don’t Run”
Songwriters: Ben Glover, Joe Leathers and Rachel Thibodeau
Curb artist Steve Holy’s last album was released back in 2006; five years can seem a lifetime, an agonizing, career-challenging lull for a star in the music business. To his credit, his latest single “Love Don’t Run” showcases a voice with newfound maturity, and a lyric with more emotional depth than both his #1s combined (“Good Morning Beautiful” and “Brand New Girlfriend”). Five years off sounds good on Holy.
In this melodic ballad, he sings the part of a grounded male–confident, but not cocky; powerful, but not in-your-face; sensitive, but not whiny. Bracing himself for what he fears to be a hard hitting truth from his girl, he tells her that whatever it is, he can take it, wants to make things right and is unwilling to give up on their relationship. The listener meets up with the couple right at that point where he’s about to face the fire and walk through it. “This is gonna hurt, this is gonna hurt like hell/This is gonna damn near kill me, sometimes the truth ain’t easy.” Holy assures her, though: “Love don’t run, love don’t hide/It won’t turn away or back down from a fight.” Sung from the heart, he seems to convince himself, as well, with his argument.
This song has an economy of lyric and simple production that slowly swells with a gut-felt cinematic piano sweep–in all that instrument’s bass-note glory. It’s a straightforward pop love-anthem rendered without the stark imagery and philosophical leanings of another piano-driven song at country radio–Lady A’s “Hello World”–but delivered honestly and with gusto by Holy.
Compared to the light-weight ear candy of “Good Morning Beautiful,” which held the top spot for five weeks in 2002, “Love Don’t Run” has more emotional meat on the bones. This, along with his well-rested pipes and an Enrique Iglesias look, ought to make for a handsome comeback for the singer.
- Michael A.: Has anyone else had a difficult time trying to get the free download from the Reba site?
- Dave D.: I can't believe that I never saw the Willie Nelson Monk episode - and it was a Sharona episode, as …
- nm: Taylor Swift was on CSI once. Not only was Steve Earle on The Wire, in one episode Omar quoted him about …
- Barry Mazor: It's only a slight stretch to recall when Jimmy Dean met James Bond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwDGtj84YY
- Arlene: I suspect you'll also be including an episode of L.A. Law....
- luckyoldsun: The Johnny Cash episode was the one Columbo case where you really felt "the b--- had it coming."
- A.B.: Janice - I saw that too and sent him a Tweet about it.
- Janice Brooks: Peter Cooper needs an edit. Stringbean did not die in 1964.
- Leeann: I can't contribute to this list, but I did think of Steve Earle and The Wire. It's not my …
- Jeremy Dylan: That was a great episode of Monk. The "Georgia On My Mind" scene is just heartbreaking.