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Radio XLVI, side A, track 11: “Holding On To You” by Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton - Holding On To YouOh, Peter Frampton, going back through all my old tapes is a blast and an adventure and a fun trip down memory lane and, in many cases, a teachable moment.  There have been more than a few songs on here that I haven’t heard in a couple decades.  For some of them, it’s like I’m hearing them for the first time because I have absolutely no recollection of the song.  For others, there’s a moment of confusion and then the dawning of recognition, followed by a feeling of getting a great big musical hug.  And sometimes, along with all of that, there’s also the moment you realize you’re still the same cynical asshole you seem to have always been.

That’s what happened on this song, Peter Frampton.  As the song started, I was immediately feeling kinda sneery.  The song started out, and I was like “Meh.”  I didn’t remember it and it sounded very generic and mediocre and I was thinking in my head that it was just a sad flailing attempt from a once-powerful rocker to try to stay relevant but ultimately only making bland elevator music.  And then the chorus kicked in, and I was like “Oh, shit.  I totally remember this song.  I LOVE this song.”  God, I’m an asshole, Peter Frampton.

Which is somewhat ironic, since one of my goals this year was to be less of an asshole.  I have a lot of faults.  A LOT of them.  But one of the worst is this streak of being a self-righteous, judgmental, sneering dickhead.  I revel in gossip, especially when it involves people I don’t like.  There’s a fundamental part of me that wants to look down on people and feel like I’m better than others.  It’s so gross, Peter Frampton.  And for a brief moment, there it was again, looking down at you for making a song.  Feeling superior to PETER FLIPPIN’ FRAMPTON, Peter Frampton.  Is there an emoji for shaking my head in disgust at myself, Peter Frampton?  If there is, and if I actually knew anything about emojis, I’d be entering that in here right about now.

And to make matters worse, besides realizing I was sneering at a song that I actually really liked, as I was listening to it this time, I heard you sing this:

All the music that I haven’t made keeps my soul alive.  Gotta make it for only the song survives.

So goddamn RIGHT, Peter Frampton!  Obviously, I’m not a musician, but I feel the same.  All the songs I haven’t listened to or blogged about, all the comic book scripts I haven’t written, those are the things that keep my creative soul chugging along.  And it’s largely because once I’ve shuffled off my microscopic corner of the world stage, I’m well aware that my comic books and my mix tapes and my musings about my mix tapes are all that will be left of me.  Maybe a few Spider-Man bobbleheads and some Stars Wars underwear, too, but you get my point, Peter Frampton.

Anyway, thank you for reminding me to not be such a judgmental asshole, Peter Frampton.  I guarantee that I’ll need some more reminding down the road, but my dickishness is back on my radar at least for now.  And thanks for making such a great song.  I’m glad I held onto it.

“Holding On To You”

<awesome Peter Frampton jam>

I’ll be there where the music goes

I’ll be there where there’s singing

Workin’ out my liiife

Where the feelin’s right

Well the
Years keep rollin’ on

But my heart is strong
I’m holdin’ on, yeah

I won’t be letting go

I just started to hold on
Harder ta you

I won’t be letting go

I just wanted you ta knooooow, hey

I won’t be letting go

I just started to hold on
Harder ta you

Ta yoou

Baby

<awesome Peter Frampton jam>

All our songs come around again

And our world’s ever turning

Somehow every daaay
There’s another waaay

Ooo

When my soul’s in place

Every song will trace
Ya smiling face, baby

I won’t be letting go

I just started to hold on
Harder ta you

I won’t be letting go

I just wanted you ta knooooow

I won’t be letting go

I just started to hold on
Harder ta you

Ta yoooou

Ooooo

All the music
That I haven’t made
Keeps my soul alive

Gotta make it
For only the song surviiiiives

Yeeeeeeah

<awesome Peter Frampton jam>

Hold on ta you

Yoou

Yeeeah

I won’t be letting go

I just started to hold on
Harder ta you

I won’t be letting go

I just wanted you ta knooooow

I won’t be letting go

I just started to hold on
Harder ta you

I won’t be letting go

I’m holding on to yoooooou

<awesome Peter Frampton jam>

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