One of the reasons why I love “I’m Gonna Love You Though It” is because it gives a nod to the (sometimes) unsung heroes who love and care for warriors living with cancer. In the story behind this song, it’s a tribute to the husbands who embraced their wives after they learned she had breast cancer in that “life-changing” phone call. The men who courageously held in their own fears to calm their wife’s, and told her, Just take my hand. Together we can do it.
I’ve known men like this and watched them as they stood with the women they love. Thinking of them, and the role they had played in their story helped me sing from a place of understanding. But many of the lines in the song really hit home, and several takes were required to get one without choking back a few tears. Our version was arranged by the incomparable Wally Minko, who gently opens the song on the Rhodes keyboard. Matt Bissonette provides a thoughtful and brilliant bass line, while Kurt Griffey tenderly positions his guitars in between the heartbeat of Ron’s perfect rhythm, and the song’s heart-felt lyrics. Kurt also delivers a powerful guitar solo that almost feels as though it is the voice of the “husband” in the story behind the storm.
County music star Martina McBride recorded “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”, and at her concerts, it’s so moving to see what this song stirs in people.
The song reaches everyone who has fought the fight. And people make this song their own, regardless if they’re a man or a woman. There are couples standing arm-in-arm. One of their heads is sometimes wrapped in a scarf or wearing a ball cap. The person holding them is obviously proud, and unsuccessfully trying to hold in their tears.
There are rows of cancer survivors and patients standing together donning every color of pink you can imagine. Their hands are above their heads, and sometimes an entire row in the audience is swaying back and forth as Martina leads them in singing their anthem of courage.
I believe “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” reminds us how powerful music is. Its message is a beautiful testament to people finding acceptance and support in the lines of song. Melodies give musical accompaniments to the words we find comfort in.
Even when we’re alone, music fills the silence that sometimes tempts our mind to lose faith, and gives us a familiar place to focus it.
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