Songwriters can often be therapists, teachers and mentors, as they were for Holly growing up. When working our way up from the bottom, it is often helpful to seek out messages that inspire us to shatter the glass ceiling that someone else has manufactured—challenging the culturally constructed, often impossible, standards that keep us distracted from the more important work of growth and changing the world to a more just and fair place. Music helped Holly make sense of the world and her inner life, and songwriting is a way for her to share what she’s learned.
“It’s hard to be a human,” says Freeling. “Music is a catalyst that can help us make sense of the emotional landscape that comes with being a sentient creature. Welcoming the wholeness of a person—in their raw, vulnerable and genuine states—can lead to greater understanding and empathy for others”