Music is said to be healing. I put in a simple “quotes about music healing” Google search and instantly had almost 3 million results. The ladies of the trio Post Monroe have shown this very thing with their newest single, “Better Place.” With the release, lead singer Whitney Duncan shared the story behind the song:
“When my cousin, Holly Bobo, went missing over 6 years ago, people started asking when I was going to write a song for her. However, the timing never felt right – the wound was too fresh for me and my family. I have hardly ever been able to talk about it without my emotions taking over. As time has gone by, I have finally been able to realize what I wanted to say to her. As a songwriter, I feel my purpose is to write about real life, what I know and how I feel, knowing that many others might just relate to what I am going through. I got the idea for “Better Place” last year and wanted to write it with people I’m really close with so I could really say what I wanted to say. I couldn’t think of anyone better than Ashlee, Shelby, and my cousin Jonathan Singleton. I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to Holly or have a final conversation with her, so this song is my way of filling her in on everything since she’s been gone. Life has moved on in some ways, yet it also feels like time stands still sometimes, but not a day goes by that I don’t think of her. With her murder trial approaching, I wanted to release this song to honor her. No matter what happened here on Earth, I know she’s in Heaven, and her heart isn’t broken, even if ours is. —Whitney”
As Duncan stated, “Better Place” is about filling a lost loved one in on what’s happened in their absence.
“Your brother got married and it rained like hell. Grand-daddy ain’t been feeling to well. I think your mama’s ok, but it’s hard to tell, tries to move on but ain’t goin’ no where.”
While they sing about everything that’s been going on, the things that have stayed the same, the things that have changed, they add “you probably don’t miss a thing, cause your heart don’t break in your better place.” The song is a tear jerker, and one that will resonate with anyone who has lost someone close.
Just before Post Monroe released “Better Place” they unexpectedly lost their drummer, Christian Leonard. The song written for Duncan’s cousin suddenly had an additional meaning for another loved one now in a better place. “We can’t believe he is gone and wanted to also honor him with this song. Rest in peace, dear friend.”
All proceeds from the song’s download will go to the Holly Bobo Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can also be sent to: 1350 Corinth Road, Darden, TN 38328
Grab some tissues and check out the video below. “Better Place” can be downloaded here.