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The Story Behind Holding On

I wrote this song after the tragic death of a young, beautiful, kind and vibrant young woman, Brandi Meshad. I saw a picture of her with her arms open wide, standing in the bright doorway of her High School, Her happy silhouette looking as if she was crossing into another world. It moved me and I thought, when our loved ones cross over, we desperately want to know if they're alright, waiting for a sign, waiting by the phone, figuratively. So I wrote this song, dedicated to Brandi and her mother Lisa, and to all of our loved ones who are gone. My brother Tony, sand this with me at a Recovery concert and I"m so glad that Vicky Sullivan had a copy of it. I'm putting the lyrics here below, much love, Twinkle

Holding On, words and music by Twinkle Schascle Yochim

The Freedom that you're looking for ,Is right outside that open door

And all the things I think we'd miss Are sealed inside an angels kiss

But we are Holding On, Staying Strong, waiting, by the phone, Hoping you will call

And we are Holding on, Staying strong, waiting, by the phone, hoping you will call and let us know how you are and that you're alright.

Of all the things I think I'd say, You are beautiful in every way

and I know, I know we're the last to know Why it's you, that had to go, away

But we are Holding On, Staying Strong, waiting, by the phone, Hoping you will call

And we are Holding on, Staying strong, waiting, by the phone, hoping you will call and let us know how you are and that you're alright. 

How you are, that you're alright

  • "Twinkle! My God! I love you! I’m in love with you! I love the way you sing girl!" -Steven Tyler Aerosmith, American Idol
  • "Only once in a lifetime do you hear a voice as great as this! I want to introduce Twinkle to the world!" -Doug Gray The Marshall Tucker Band
  • "Twinkle is the greatest soul singer I’ve seen in a very long time, and believe me I’ve seen my share of imitators" -The late Jerry Wexler, legendary producer of Aretha Franklin

     

  • "Right good band mate, Right good band! Twinkles voice is perfection....and she’s got a lovely arse!" -Brian Johnson ACDC
  • "Twinkle! My God in heaven, you're amazing.....America, YOU'RE WELCOME!" -Carson Daily On Last call with Carson Daily.

Photography provided by:
Vernon Webb | Lyubov Smirnova | Jeff Sack |Erik Johansen | Vicky Sullivan