We'll Hold the Light

*National Single Release*

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We’ll Hold the Light is a song of gratitude for brave, selfless health care workers and first responders every day and especially during this pandemic. Facing unprecedented and life-threatening conditions, they have provided steadfast care for us all.

We'll Hold the Light

Joy Zimmerman

We’ll Hold the Light is a song of gratitude for brave, selfless health care workers and first responders every day and especially during this pandemic. Facing unprecedented and life-threatening conditions, they have provided steadfast care for us all.

We’ll Hold the Light | Music & Lyrics by Joy Zimmerman | ©2021 Joy Zimmerman Music (BMI) | Cultivate Joy Records

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered: Duane Trower, Weights and Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO | Consulting & Radio Promotion: Kari Estrin Management

Joy Zimmerman: Vocals, Guitar, Violin | Ryan Dugan: Guitar, Bass, Harmony Vocals | Beau Bledsoe: Dobro | Christine Broxterman: Cello

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Song Description

We'll Hold the Light is a song of gratitude for the brave, selfless work health care workers and first responders during this pandemic. Facing unprecedented and life-threatening conditions, they have provided steadfast care for us all. 

I was inspired to write this song from my front row seat to heroism. My spouse, Linda, is an anesthesiologist at a Level 1 Trauma Center, safety net hospital, so I have witnessed the toll of long, stressful shifts within an overtaxed medical system. 

“Working all night at the hospital is like time out of time. The outside world, which includes your loved ones and friends, goes on without you. You miss dinner, bedtime, gatherings of friends, special events. And you are immersed in trauma, illness, grief, loneliness that those outside your work life will never know. The chasm between the two parts of your life sometimes feels immense...”  ~Dr. Linda Dill 

How do health care workers and first responders handle the sights and sounds they experience, the vicarious trauma, the grief? Let’s make sure our gratitude is backed by a strong commitment to adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), mental health services and other support. 

A portion of the proceeds from this song will benefit the national YMCA Covid-19 Emergency Child Care Services for Essential Workers. This program offers child care and other services at 1,000 sites nationwide for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders.  https://www.ymca.net/emergency-child-care-services 

Resources: 

Mock, Jillian. “Psychological Trauma is the Next Challenge for Coronavirus Health Workers: Hero Worship Alone Doesn’t Protect Frontline Workers from Distress.” Scientific American, June 1, 2020. 
Hoffman, Jan. “‘I Can’t Turn My Brain Off’: PTSD and Burnout Threaten Medical Workers.” New York Times, May 16, 2020. 

You Hold the Front Line Strong 

Music & Lyrics by Joy Zimmerman 

©2021 Joy Zimmerman Music (BMI) 

Cultivate Joy Records 

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered: Duane Trower, Weights and Measures Soundlab, Kansas City, MO 

Producer: Joy Zimmerman 

Consulting & Radio Promotion: Kari Estrin Management 

Joy Zimmerman: Vocals, Guitar, Violin 

Ryan Dugan: Guitar, Bass, Harmony Vocals 

Beau Bledsoe: Dobro 

Christine Broxterman: Cello 

You Hold the Front Line Strong is available for purchase at joyzimmermanmusic.com.

 

Lyrics

It’s the end of your shift, the sun has yet to lift 

All the darkness you witnessed in the night 

A few steps to your car, a thousand miles to set it down 

Rearview mirror has trauma still in sight        

After all the shock, the sounds 

Nightmares come around 

Breakfast tables, all that goes unsaid     

You hold the front line strong 

Your battle brave and long 

Our thanks come breaking through 

We’ll hold the light for you 

We’ll hold the light for you 

You’re the first one on the scene, the first to intervene 

In moments raw with horror we cannot know  

You hold the broken in your hand, you see it all firsthand  

Every time the call goes out, you will go 

All the sights, the sounds 

Flashbacks crash around 

Dinner tables, kids tucked into bed 

Quiet hours, sleepless nights ahead 

               

You hold the front line strong 

Your battle brave and long 

Our thanks come breaking through 

We’ll hold the light for you 

We’ll hold the light for you 

I’d be a stranger on any other day 

You met my suffering, the balance you held sway            

You hold the front line strong 

Your battle brave and long 

Our thanks come breaking through 

We’ll hold the light for you 

You hold the front line strong 

Your battle brave and long 

Our thanks come breaking through 

We’ll hold the light for you 

We’ll hold the light for you 

It’s the end of your shift, the sun’s begun to lift