If you are planning a pilgrimage to Nashville as I recommended the other day, try to catch a live broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry from the Ryman Auditorium. Over the last two years, thanks to mother/son frat weekends in Nashville, I have been there twice and am always completely blown away by the talent that gets crammed into two + hours. I’ve now heard Vince Gill, Lee Brice, Striking Matches, Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne in the wildly popular t.v. show, Nashville), and my new favorite Holly Williams.
Having read Garden & Gun and Southern Living features on her, I knew a bit about Holly but had never pulled up any of her music. The granddaughter of Hank Williams and the daughter of Hank Williams, junior, she was born into Nashville royalty and slowly is making her own mark on the music scene, as well as the food and fashion scenes. This soon-to-be mom of two had me from the first chords of The Highway but literally moved me to tears with Waiting on June.
She describes the 60+ year love story of her maternal grandparents and how her grandfather was always waiting for her grandmother: first to fall in love and then marry him and finally to meet him in Heaven. With tears streaming uncontrollably down my face, I completely embarrassed my son as I recalled my grandparents’ marriages and considered my own.
With Valentine’s Day falling this weekend, let this song remind you of the beautiful life-long marriages that have blessed your own life. What a great time to celebrate how those couples taught you what love is. Holly Williams has been blessed with an amazing life and voice and has graced us with a piece of it. Take a listen and just try not to cry.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
p.s. If you don’t have time to listen to the whole video, you can read the Waiting on June lyrics here.