Hold the Light

Album: Only the Brave (2017)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Dierks Bentley wrote and recorded this slow, emotional tune for the movie, Only the Brave. The motion picture tells the story of Arizona's Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite wildlands firefighting crew that lost 19 firefighters in a 2013 blaze.
  • "Hold the Light" is the first song that Bentley has written specifically for a motion picture. He collaborated on the track with Only the Brave soundtrack composer Joe Trapanese, Nashville tunesmith Jon Randall and Bon Iver drummer S. Carey.
  • The poignant ballad honors and embodies the spirit of the true heroism depicted in the film as well as echoing the grief of the ones the fallen heroes left behind.

    If you walk the ridge
    You will find the marks and scars
    Kneel down by the tree under the setting stars
    Never say goodbye.


    "This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I've ever been a part of," Bentley said. "It hits me harder than any other song I've had a chance to be a part of … [O]ur goal was to create a message of hope and love. I'm honored to have been a part of it."
  • Arizona native Dierks Bentley first took action in 2013 when he organized and hosted the Country Cares Concert in Arizona, which raised more than half a million dollars for the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Carey also has a personal connection to Only the Brave: His brother-in-law is a wildlands firefighter.
  • When composing this tune, Bentley and Carey made sure that the film's theme fitted seamlessly within the song's lyrical message.

    "I tried to write a few other [potential songs for the film], but I just couldn't leave that song, because it was just too perfect for the movie," Bentley admitted to Billboard. "That time of darkness and [the themes of] holding onto to the light and hope and having it play during that part of the movie was just a 'one plus one equals three' type of scenario, where it is all combines in a powerful spot."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

How "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" Became Rock's Top Proverb

How "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" Became Rock's Top ProverbSong Writing

How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.

Gary LeVox

Gary LeVoxSongwriter Interviews

On "Life Is A Highway," his burgeoning solo career, and the Rascal Flatts song he most connects with.

"Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit: A Timeline

"Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit: A TimelineSong Writing

Untangling the events that led to the "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit.

Superman in Song

Superman in SongSong Writing

Not everyone can be a superhero, but that hasn't stopped generations of musicians from trying to be Superman.

Joan Armatrading

Joan ArmatradingSongwriter Interviews

The revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in "Drop the Pilot."

Rick Springfield

Rick SpringfieldSongwriter Interviews

Rick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.