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Hold On - Jacob's Blue

WHERE TO FIND IT

This song can be found on Soundcloud ^^, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and many more!

It will be on You Tube shortly!

BEHIND THE MUSIC

The song means so much more to me than anything I’ve put out professionally before this. This song is simple in nature but stands as a true testament to the work the people around me and I have put in over the last 11 months. Although I’ve missed putting music out, this time has been integral to my growth as an artist and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

My brother for life Robert Märk produced the core of this beat back in January (He currently lives in Estonia and sent this beat to me from Estonia. The internet is so dope). I loved it and recorded almost immediately. I wrote the song starting with the repetitive melody used in the verse and let it flow naturally. I enjoyed what I had, thought it was really good at the time and was excited about it. A couple weeks later I recorded the second verse. Then, I didn’t touch it for 10 months.

I kept working hard and progressing. I kept making what I felt was better and better music, to the point where I no longer wanted to put “Hold On“ out. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to match the quality of the other songs I intended on releasing.

I revisited the song about a month ago. As I was listening to it I thought of an idea. I immediately pulled up “End“ by Frank Ocean. It’s the last song on Channel Orange. What I love about that song is the way it feels like more of a listening experience than any typical song. The song takes you on a journey by placing the listener in a setting. THAT was how I was going to save “Hold On“.

My roommate Robin had a recording of himself going in and out of a car using voice memos on his iPhone for some reason (Not weird for Rob to have something like that on his phone). I asked him to send it to me. I then used that along with some samples I had, and some other car sounds I found on the internet to put together this experience I set out to achieve. The goal is for the listener to feel as if they are just outside the window of a car as a storm starts. The window comes up, the windshield wipers and engine stop, the door slams, the music stops, the listener gets out of the car, and then for the first time in the song the listener hears the music come back in alone without any other sound effects. It plays in solidarity the rest of the song, fading as it finishes.

Three Sundays ago at 4:50 AM, Alex “Matik“ Estevez, a man we’ll talk about another time, helped me mix in the sounds as I brought them up. Without his guidance the song would not be anywhere close to where it is now. I took it home mixed it more, mastered it, and here we are. I hope you enjoy.

Over the last 11 months we have worked our asses off to deliver a product that meets our standards of quality, effects people positively, and leaves a lasting impression. We have a long way to go before we are what I think we can be, however, this song is not about that. “Hold On“ marks a celebration of our work, the first song officially released by Jacob’s Blue, and a new era for LIEN Records.

This is only the beginning.

- J

ADDITIONAL lINKS

- “END” BY FRANK OCEAN

- ALEX “MATIK” ESTEVEZ

- ROBIN LEMMERZ

- ROBERT MÄRK (nvrm he doesn’t do social)

LYRICS

[CAR STARTS. ENGINE LULLS.]

It’s not the same

Verse:

Been thinkin’ bout baby

She been thinkin’ I’m crazy

When we talk about lately

I’ve been getting real faded

I been thinking bout saving

She been thinking bout baby

Been thinkin bout changing

Cuz damn this life so crazy yeah

I’ve been grinding for so long

But she ain’t even got no clothes on

Got no tendency to slow down so

If we fucking, we both on yeah

She don’t know what I’m saying

I think I need a little saving

Hands together I’m praying

I said, “Fuck me like I’m famous.” yeah

[THUNDER AND RAIN BECOME MORE PREVALENT]

Hook:

I know I play but girl hold on to me

Hold on to me

Yeah yeah

It’s not the same but girl just hold on to me

Girl hold on to me

My love

[WINDOW ROLLS UP]

Verse:

I tried to love on my own

But it don’t work out like that

Sometimes I feel so alone

My heart feel under attack

She help me feel so at home

She leave I want her right back

She been a part of my soul

She been a part of my

She beat out all of them hoes

And now her nails in my back

[CAR DOOR SLAMS]

WIND SHIELD WIPERS STOP.RAIN FADES. FOOTSTEPS PAN FROM LEFT TO RIGHT IN ONE SMOOTH TRANSITION.

[THUNDER RUMBLES]

Hook:

I know I play but girl hold on to me

Hold on to me

Yeah yeah

It’s not the same but girl just hold on to me

Girl hold on to me

My love

ARTWORK

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