I don’t want to spoil the ending of Dierks Bentley’s new video for “I Hold On.” So I’ll just say there’s a little something at the end that tells me more than the song did and that Bentley is holding on to something else besides his old truck, his old guitar and the woman he loves.
I’ve always had a feeling that maybe Bentley was a sentimental guy. And after watching this four-minute masterpiece, I know it. The video could easily be called “The Things That Matter.” That one line in the chorus about the things he can believe in — “my faith, your love, our freedom” — says so much to me.
And now that Bentley and his wife are the parents of a third child — son Knox was born Oct. 9, 2013 — I kind of wish he would add another verse to the song. One about holding on to the precious, adorable things that little kids say and do. He recently admitted that right now, his 5-year-old daughter Evie is fascinated with Knox’ uncontrollable peeing.
“She gets the most joy out of watching Knox — I’m not sure what the right word is to use here — but watching him pee all over the place,” he said in a radio interview. “We do a little diaper change, and then he fires off and leaves a trail all over the wall. So she gets a big kick out of that. But she has been a great big sister helping out. It’s amazing what all a 5-year-old can do.”
Those are the kinds of memories Bentley should put at the top of his must-hold-on list. Whether he writes them down in his journal or just locks them away in his memory, little moments like that are what parents count on to keep us all going strong.