A real trademark Richard X. Heyman song, "Holding On" contains many of the elements that make him a modern pop master. The solid folk-rock melody and sterling rhythm recalls some of Gene Clark's finer early work with the Byrds. However, despite the sheen of the entire production, as well as a 12-string guitar, the end result sounds nothing like a Byrds copy record. There is a great, pulsating dynamic to the chorus, which rises twice in an ascending pattern between the guitars and drums. The feeling of the camaraderie of love in the modern, urban world is the underlying theme of the lyrics, and is laid out with Heyman's usual, direct style. Part of the excellent Heyman, Hoosier & Herman EP, check www.richardxheyman.com for availability.