There is something to be said about Rhys Lewis’ artistry and the power it has in evoking emotions deep within us. The London-based singer-songwriter has established himself with harmonious melodies and a poetic approach to lyricism. And his latest single, “Hold On To Happiness,” is the epitome of these skills – simple in every sense, but intricate underneath the surface.
Lighthearted and soft, the song finds Lewis’ soft vocals surrounded by the soft strums of a guitar and a mellowed bass. As he croons “It was golden looking back/ some kind of heaven in my hands/ for so long/ I was busy making plans/ couldn’t see the things I had/ ‘till they are all gone,” we cannot help but feel it deep in our core. He preaches what we have become familiar with: we live our days so focused on attaining things out of reach that we don’t acknowledge what is already in front of us. It is a message many artists have sung about, but Lewis does it in such a beautiful manner, painting the picture of a story we all know too well.
Even though the lyrics and instrumentation are melancholic, “Hold On To Happiness” has a glimmer of hope. Maybe it is the music or the passion in his words, “Hold on, hold on, hold on/ hold on to happiness,” but there is an element in the song that pushes us to hold on a little longer to what is in front of us and to make the most of the little things.
Check out the infectious and inspirational song below: