Mallary Hope – “Love Lives On”

Jim Malec | July 22nd, 2009

mallary-hopeOn any given day in Nashville, you could drop your hand into a hat full with the names of talented, pretty female singer/songwriters and find one to sign to your label. Because there are, at any given point in time, a hundred of them who have voices good enough to warrant recording. There are a hundred of them who have stage confidence enough to keep audiences entertained. There are a hundred of them who have honed their craft to the point where they can create well-drawn musical artwork.

New MCA artist Mallary Hope meets all of those criteria. But when I hear her sing, I cannot tell you why she was picked over any one of 99 of her peers. Hope is absolutely and undeniably an excellent vocalist. But her voice itself is typical, her delivery is passive and formulaic and her phrasing is derivative. She sounds just like any other female artist you might catch at the Bluebird early on a Sunday night.

Her first single, “Love Lives On,” sounds just like a song you’d expect to hear at that Sunday night round. A saccharine, heavy-handed tear-jerker about a passed-away lover, it sounds culled from a Lifetime movie and does nothing to make us think Hope has any personality or attitude of her own. She sings it splendidly, but the song simply cannot be more than what it is: an attempt to break into the industry by delivering a song with an emotional hook that people can relate to.

The problem is that those kinds of songs, contrary to their purpose, are not the songs people relate to. The songs people relate to are the songs that spring forth from inside the writer, the songs which communicate a need, a desire or a fear. People connect with a story or a plot only topically. And that is true not only in song lyrics but in any type of literature. It is the character that we attach ourselves to. Musically speaking, when we truly connect with a song it is because we connect with the artist–the character–and with the fact that they are sharing something from the deepest and most personal part of who they are. We can always appreciate a well-spun narrative, but when that narrative is spun for the explicit purpose of driving an emotional reaction it has no soul of its own, no reason for being. It is, a plot for the sake of plot.

It is similar to the way love letters affect us to a different degree than do hallmark cards; although both are sweet and communicate touching messages, one is an intimate communication from one person to another for the sake of communication while the other is a constructed attempt to inspire a feeling within us.

“Love Lives On” tries to inspire in us hope that even in the darkest of moments, we can go on knowing that the love of our loved ones remains with us in our hearts and in the hearts of our children. But tempering sadness with hope leaves the effort feeling contrived and emotionally dishonest. A person who still pours two cups of coffee in the morning (as this narrator does) would not be telling us how everything will be OK since “love lives on.”

It’s not any worse than anything else on the radio. And Mallary Hope isn’t a worse singer than any other. But what she’s doing calls only for the same level of talent that 99 other people could bring to the table, and in that it fails to accentuate any unique strengths or qualities she may possess.

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  1. Drew
    July 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Same old, same old.

  2. Fadi H.
    July 22, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    ummm….where to start?
    i agree with everything you said Jim but there’s a few things that i’d like to add.
    1. Lyrics: Some of the lyrical poetry was actually nice to listen to. Yes there was some inconsistency and some cliche’s but the part about his favorite shirt was nice to listen to. The part where she says “i’ll learn to forget you though i dont want to” or something like that is kind of clicheish but it’s something u can relate to.
    2. Her Voice: Just like u said, she’s got enough talent with nothing special. I’d like to add that the emotional delivery here was way too flat. It made me feel absolutely nothing. The little intentional cracks in her voice work more for happy songs.
    3. The tempo is way too fast. I think this is the major problem. With a slower tempo, maybe it would’ve been easier to feel something.
    4. When a song is meant to be emotional, it’s not just the lyrics and the delivery that ought to be emotional, but the melody too. I felt that the melody was too predictable

    All in all, it’s not bad, but just not something i might remember 3 years from now.

  3. Rick
    July 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I’m amazed that Nashville’s big labels still put out these types of weak, faceless debut singles from new artists, and especially female artists. The Top 40 country radio programmer’s need a real hook/angle to get interested in new gals, and this song just doesn’t deliver the goods. Maybe if she changed her stage name to Mallary Hope Change, she could attract some Obama voters as new fans…

  4. Stormy
    July 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    However, a talking about your boyfriend’s shirt is so cliche Jessica Simpson did it.

  5. Nicolas
    July 22, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    ^ “Leave your coat behind the door, leave your laundry on the floor… just come on over”

  6. Fadi H.
    July 23, 2009 at 8:47 am

    lol..i love how jessica simpson is the definition of a bad song now!

  7. amy annie jenny
    July 25, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    we think you guys are crazy this is one of the best songs and singers we have heard in a while!! LOVE IT!!!

  8. Alanta Cross
    July 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    I know the personal story behind this song and I can tell you it has touched hundreds of people all ready. To say this song is “Flat” and emotionless is absurd. This artist has talent, personality and heart. She can write, sing and play her own music. Her live performances beat any artist I have ever seen. EVER. While this is your opinion and I respect that, trust me, you are in the minority when it comes to Mallary Hope. She has already amazed so many on her radio tour, let’s see what she does when the single is actually released.

  9. taylor poff
    August 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm



  10. Jo Anne Johnson
    August 1, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Sir, you are so wrong!!!!! Surely you have never lost a loved one and if not I thank God for that, but having lost 3 sons in the past few years I can relate to many parts of “Love Lives On”! And even though I may still pour two cups of coffee The song does give me hope and reminds me that love does live on!!! Sorry but you missed this one big time!!

  11. Kaye
    August 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Great Song and Great vocals

  12. Jim Malec
    August 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    “Surely you have never lost a loved one”

    My father died when I was 15.

    August 2, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    This wonderful young lady has talent – and she is indeed unique. No matter what your opinion – I disagree whole heartedly. Not only can she sing – she can also write. I know and listen to all kinds of music – all different genre’s and I enjoy listening to this young lady and her music does touch one’s soul.

  14. Stormy
    August 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    My grandmother died in 93. She and I were very close. She was the one who taught me to hate cliches.

  15. taylor anne
    August 3, 2009 at 1:00 am

    sir, we all have our own opinions, and i saw where you lost your father at 15, i’m very sorry. but i am 13 years old and this song makes me cry. i lost my father when i was 11, and this song moves me. it gives everyone some ‘hope’. i believe that this girl has an amazing voice, and i do think she will make it with an amazing voice and song like this. this song really touches people and moves them. that is a great way to start off a music career, im sorry you disagree. but this song gives me hope.
    have a good day

  16. Ashlie Nicmar
    August 3, 2009 at 1:13 am

    Wow. I listened to her song, with tears in my eyes. Such a beautiful and moving song. This wonderful lady, Mallory Hope is going to do great things.

  17. Paige
    August 3, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Wow did you even find out the story behind what inspired Mallary Hope writing this song.. It has a very personal meaning to her. It was inspired by her sister & there is nothing cliche about it. When you hear her album you will most definitely look like a fool (with all do respect) for writing this article. Mallary Hope is not just any other artist you would see at the Bluebird. Her voice is extraordinary & her ability to write is equally as amazing. I think we need to wonder more if you should be writing reviews of music. You are way off… way way off…. Also one of my best friends lost the father of her child when the child was 3 months old. The child is now 6 years old & Love Lives On in her. Her mother is still devastated over her loss. She still out of habit “pours two cups of coffee” because that’s what she did for years. But I can tell you that she is happy & she does have HOPE because of her child. That is what gets her through everyday. This song has touched her more than any other. You will see that you are wrong in every way about this amazing new artist Mallary Hope !

    August 4, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Mr. Malec, Just a warning. When you have your foot surgically removed from your mouth, your dessert is going to be your words. Mallary Hope is an Amazing Talent. Perhaps before you critique, you should study your subject a little more. Your statement -
    “But tempering sadness with hope leaves the effort feeling contrived and emotionally dishonest” Spoken like a true Iceburg.
    Your statement – “A person who still pours two cups of coffee in the morning (as this narrator does) would not be telling us how everything well be OK since “love lives on.”” Really? There is not a flip side to the tear in the beer? Not every song is going to suit your pseudo macho hormones. I am going to enjoy watching you eat your dessert.

  19. Steve Harvey
    August 4, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Wow did you even find out the story behind what inspired Mallary Hope writing this song..
    Why should he? He’s reviewing the song, not her biography.

  20. Jon
    August 4, 2009 at 7:35 am

    “‘Wow did you even find out the story behind what inspired Mallary Hope writing this song..’
    Why should he? He’s reviewing the song, not her biography.”

    That’s a principle that seems to come and go around here.

  21. Paul W Dennis
    August 4, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Jim – keep up the good work. The fact that small minded individuals keep attacking your reviews is proof positive that you are doing a good job of reviewing the music.

    The job of a reviewer is NOT to function as the head of the artist’s FAN CLUB, it is to give a CRITICAL assessment of the music. I don’t always agree with your assessments, but I always understand the thought processes that go into them

  22. PaulaW
    August 4, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Jim – keep up the good work. The fact that small minded individuals keep attacking your reviews is proof positive that you are doing a good job of reviewing the music.

    Good grief Paul! Just because someone disagrees with a review, they’re small-minded?

  23. Paul W Dennis
    August 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

    No – but many of those who do attack expect nothing but rave reviews and I have no patience with those posters who are nothing more than cheerleaders or wannabee fan club presidents for an artist

  24. Judy Weir
    August 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    You guys that “review” new songs and their artists should not judge a “book by the cover” but on the inside. This young lady, Mallary Hope has talent, can belt out a song with that strong voice, has personality and people that I know that have heard her sing, say she is amazing. So guys, hide and watch. I hope you like eating words because you will!!!!

  25. Alanta Cross
    August 4, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Since when did it become “Small minded” to disagree with someone’s view point?? I can assure that I am far from small-minded. I have seen this song bring grown adults to tears, and I have seen the way this song touches people. I don’t think stooping low by calling us “FAN CLUB PRESIDENTS or SMALL MINDED” is a great way to have people take you seriously as a critic. I am no fan club president, just a person who loves good music that really reaches out and touches people. This artist can do that better than almost any artist I have ever heard. Stand back and watch her blossom because her reviews have been killer, her adds this week alone are amazing and she is just getting started. I hope she sends you an invite to her platinum party.

  26. Stormy
    August 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    We can’t judge artists by what is on the inside–its illegal to cut them open. We have to stick to the music.

  27. PaulaW
    August 4, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Parts of the vocal sound a bit like LeAnn Rimes of yesteryear to me …….. (that’s a good thing).

    Hope is absolutely and undeniably an excellent vocalist. She sings it splendidly, but the song simply cannot be more than what it is: an attempt to break into the industry by delivering a song with an emotional hook that people can relate to.

    Spendid voice, song people can relate to … Those sound like reasons for a thumbs UP to me.

    We can always appreciate a well-spun narrative, but when that narrative is spun for the explicit purpose of driving an emotional reaction it has no soul of its own, no reason for being.

    Uhm … the HIT songwriters (Chuck Cannon, Steve Seskin, et al) will tell you emphatically that is EXACTLY what they want to do – get an emotional reaction – whether its love, pain, laughter, or just plain makes you feel good – love it or hate it, they want you to have a strong feeling about it.

  28. Stormy
    August 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Most of us perfer songwriters who credit us with the intelligence to think for ourselves.

  29. PaulaW
    August 4, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    credit us with the intelligence to think for ourselves.

    Trouble is … you dont seem to want to afford others that same luxury.

  30. Chris N.
    August 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    “Wow did you even find out the story behind what inspired Mallary Hope writing this song.”

    So … whenever you hear a song, you always investigate to discover what the inspiration was before you decide whether you like it or not? That sounds pretty time-consuming.

  31. Stormy
    August 4, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Anyone know the story that inpired the song Inna Gadda Divita?

  32. Razor X
    August 4, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Drugs, wasn’t it?

  33. Stormy
    August 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    But the actual, single incident story. ‘Cause that’s gotta be AWESOME.

  34. Andrew Lacy
    August 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I know it was originally just a soundcheck for the engineer and that the title and lyric supposedly came about because the singer was drunk and slurred it badly.

    Otherwise I’m assuming lots and lots of acid.

  35. Chris N.
    August 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    “Ina-Gadda-Davida” was about the guy’s grandfather who got cancer and then was killed in a car crash. The drum solo totally invokes the chaos of the crash.

  36. JD
    August 5, 2009 at 7:17 am

    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida = In the Garden of Eden

  37. Paige
    August 6, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    This is annoying.. Does one more person want to quote me on “Wow did you even find out the story behind what inspired Mallary Hope writing the song.” Malec said “songs people relate to are songs that spring forth from the writer.” He was implying over & over that Mallary wrote this song to get an emotional reaction, that it didn’t spring up from within her or have personal meaning. HE WENT THERE…SO I FOLLOWED HIS LEAD. I don’t investigate every song & I wouldn’t expect every critic to. But I also wouldn’t expect critics to make the assumption that the song had no personal meaning to the writer. Get a grip people! Wait & see if this girl is not in country a long time from now & this song will be a HIT ! Malec I’ve read some of your other reviews… I mean seriously I don’t enjoy them. Even when I agree with you, I don’t enjoy them.

  38. Jon
    August 6, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    “We can’t judge artists by what is on the inside–its illegal to cut them open. We have to stick to the music.”

    Gee, Stormy, I don’t remember you saying that when Jim Malec wrote that Jamie Johnson’s single is great because we know it comes from his personal experience. This “stick to the music” notion gets invoked pretty selectively, doesn’t it?

  39. MC
    August 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Everyone is allowed their own opinion and even though I don’t agree with the one in this review, it’s still just an opinion. Just one opinion! It doesn’t really define who Mallary Hope is. For those of us who know the meaning of the song and the wonderful singer that sings it, know that this opinion is nothing. Mallary Hope is a great singer and she will go far, because she has the heart to do it. I couldn’t imagine a better person in the music industry. The reason she stood out among the 99 other girls is because she was better than them. Not only can she sing, write, and play music, but she has the type of personality and attitude that we need to see more of in our world. Mallary will touch many people and do it better than most of the singers do today. And just because I’m a fan doesn’t make me small minded, it makes me smart. But if you’re not on the same page then I guess you wouldn’t understand.

  40. Stormy
    August 6, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Why imagine better people in the industry when you can already buy their albums?

  41. Troy
    August 6, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Like Fearless Stormy!!!

  42. Jaime
    August 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Team Stormy!

  43. kristi
    August 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Mallary Hope is a great writer and singer, but most importantly a genuine person… She’s going to go far. Case closed…

  44. Stormy
    August 8, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Not as far as all those singers who, not beng genuine people, must be robots. ‘Cause robots are strong and really fast.

  45. Amanda Clark-Miller
    August 9, 2009 at 10:00 am

    My name is Amanda, and my husband was murdered on January 24, 2008. We live in a very small town in NC where nothing bad ever happens. My husband John was working for a tree farm. He went to the garage to get some equipment for the job they were doing and walked in on a robbery in progress. He was murdered along with two of the tree farm owners. My daughter was 6.5 months old when John was killed. Like the song says, she’s always known something was missing, but too young to understand. I take my daughter to visit John’s mom and dad every Sunday. When I heard this song, I felt like that someone had written a song about my life. I have never felt as moved by a song as I have Mallary Hope’s Love Lives On. I sent Mallary a message on Facebook about how her song had touched me, and she took the time to look at pictures of my daughter, then she sent me a message back. That message was filled with encouragement, care and love. She is an amazing woman, and her song has touched me like no song before.


  46. Hannah
    August 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    This girl is very talented! Those of you who do not like this song, I’m truly sorry. This song is so wonderful and I wish Mallary the best of luck!

  47. taylor anne
    August 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    mallary hope was on smackdown on cmt today against brooks and dunn, bad? i think not(:

  48. Stormy
    August 10, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Call me when she is on Smackdown against Natalia Heart.

  49. Shanin
    August 15, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Wow – you obviously haven’t lost anyone you’ve loved if you think this song isn’t relatable. How nice for you. For my sister, who lost her 41 year old husband to cancer on June 5th, every word of this song is relatable.

  50. Meredith
    August 19, 2009 at 10:35 am

    When hearing a song makes me start sobbing, it’s definately relatable. I’m 29 years old and lost my husband of 35, 3 years ago. When our only son was 3 years old. This song is to the letter what my life is like now. I still call his mom and have a very close relationship with her. For you to say no one can relate to a song like this, it’s quite obvious you have never lost your spouse or significant other. Either that, or you have no heart.

  51. David Allen
    August 27, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Again the reviewer got it wrong again. He is just another opinion and sometimes people want to hear a song that make they’re heart melt and this is such a song. Again another over analytical review. Write songs with feeling and from a personal perspective and that is what this song is. Take care.

  52. chris
    August 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Whenever any industry molded plastic reviewer says thumbs down, either in the movie industry or the music industry, It always means it will be excellent. Whenever I hear thumbs down on a movie, I wan’t to see it. Same for musicians.
    This review is filled with nothing but hot air. We need songs like this. They keep us grounded:).

  53. Brad
    September 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    This song just hit #50 on Billboard. Typical talent huh? Might want to check again….

  54. Brad
    September 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    OH, and I forgot to mention that she will be playing at the Grand Ole Opry on October 24th. Obviously she is impressing somebody’s reviews and opinions. And this song has been on Billboard for only 5 weeks, it is starting to move up. She has to start somewhere, she can only go up from here!

  55. Corey
    September 21, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I’m sure a more forgettable song would have had minimal response (positive or negative). This song and Mallary Hope have generated quite a response (positive and negative). That is something I don’t expect from the “other 99″ artists who don’t make it.

    If I haven’t heard the song or artist, I guess a critic can help me. Once I hear the music, I can form my own opinion. The discussion can continue about whether this song is good or not, whether Mallary Hope will be a successful artist, or if this song is predictable or extremely moving. I know what I think. What others think isn’t really right or wrong. It just may be a different opinion than mine; which is fine with me. It’s one of the things that makes us different from “robots”. Although I wouldn’t mind being stronger & faster.

  56. KATE
    September 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I think this is a wonderful song. When I first heard it it brought tears to my eyes thinking of my niece whos husband is preparing to go on his 3rd tour to Afghanistan and leave her and their 4 small children. When Taylor Swift first came out I didn’t think she was as talented as the media had potrayed her. She has definately gotten better and is a wonderful role model for young girls as I belive Mallary will be.

  57. Rhonda
    September 30, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Wow, love this song, heard it on tv and had to google it. I lost my husband and father of my three boys in 2007 to cancer. This song is so perfect, it is such a tear jerker but so true. LOVE IT!!

  58. Tammy Baker
    October 3, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I cannot believe this write up. Mallory is the most amazing new singer I have heard since Martina McBride. I just saw her in concert last night & everyone gave her a standing ovation. She is fabulous. Her songs especially “Love Lives On” should be a number 1 hit. It is such an emotional song, with great meaning. She is also a great role model for kids today.

  59. Paul W Dennis
    October 3, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Mallory is a generic good singer – no better than, and no worse than many. She’s pretty so she will get a shot at making it. There was nothing special about this recording – I’d give it a B-/C+

    “Amazing” she’s not

  60. Kaitlyn Baker
    October 3, 2009 at 10:03 am

    You know I am a singer myslef and it aggravates me to death when people say things like this. Mallary has a perfect pitch, stage presents, and she’s pretty! I seen her in concert last night and I was blown away! She got a standing ovation with her new single “Love Lives On” Not only is she a good role model for kids she is a good person at heart.

    Kaitlyn Baker

  61. Kensleigh Baker
    October 3, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Wow,anyone who would say somethin like that appearently hasnt heard her sing, or taken it in. Mallary is amazing. My papaw died ahout 2 months ago. when i heard “Love Lives On” i was blown away. i sat and cried, lettin its words hit me full force. She also has an amazing voice. I seen her in concert last night and she was truley terific!! once again i was blown away and i had front row seats. I had the chance to meet her, and she has a realy good heart plus shes a christian and i believe that makes a big difference in a person. Mallary your amzing keep on following your dream and keep on serving the Lord!

    - Kensleigh Baker

  62. Jim Malec
    October 3, 2009 at 10:11 am

    A good role model for kids is a person who encourages them to challenge convention and think for themselves. Music has never moved people because of “high moral standard”–it has moved forward because it is (and should be) a voice of rebellion, a voice of things to come, a voice shouting loudly in a quiet room for our souls to shiver.

  63. Mando
    October 3, 2009 at 10:49 am

    ^A good role model for kids is a person who encourages them to challenge convention and think for themselves. Music has never moved people because of “high moral standard”–it has moved forward because it is (and should be) a voice of rebellion, a voice of things to come, a voice shouting loudly in a quiet room for our souls to shiver.

    totally agree Jim!

  64. Jon
    October 3, 2009 at 10:55 am

    “Music has never moved people because of “high moral standard”–it has moved forward because it is (and should be) a voice of rebellion…”

    Because music can only move people in one way and for one reason. Right…

  65. nm
    October 3, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Damn, someone should have told that to Aeschylus. And to Nietzsche.

  66. Jim Malec
    October 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Jon, I didn’t say that. I didn’t say that music could move people in one way and for one reason. Those are your words. I ruled out one way in which music does not (in my opinion) “move” people. The exclusion of a single element from my statement doesn’t mean that my statement should be seen as the definitive answer on why music moves people. You know that, and frankly I find your twisting of my words both rude and childish.

  67. Jon
    October 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I didn’t twist your words, Jim, I quoted them exactly – well, I left out the poetical stuff about shouting voices and shivering souls, but I was trying to do you a favor there. You were perfectly clear, unless you have no idea what the words “is” and “should be” mean – perfectly clear and wrong. Music is and, to the extent that it “should be” anything, should be many things, and some of the most powerful and lasting music ever made cannot reasonably be described as a voice of rebellion or any of that other stuff; in fact, some of it indisputably embodies “high moral standard” in the most conventional sense. Refuting one gross generalization by offering another in its place leads nowhere, and that’s putting it politely.

  68. nm
    October 4, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Jim, I gotta say that in this case I read your words exactly the way Jon did. Though I enjoyed the part he considers too “poetical.”

  69. Stormy
    October 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Jame: To be fair, I have to agree with Jim. This Ain’t Mexicao, for example, seems to have moved a few people backwards.

  70. Jim Malec
    October 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    There is nothing I fear more than a world in which people are too unsure of their own convictions to take a position about what is and should be.

  71. nm
    October 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    And that right there is what gets Jim and Jon arguing.

  72. Jon
    October 5, 2009 at 11:45 am

    “There is nothing I fear more than a world in which people are too unsure of their own convictions to take a position about what is and should be.”

    It might be good to fear more a world in which people are so sure of their own convictions that they can’t see where those don’t line up with reality. Or one in which people are so sure of their own convictions that they’re unwilling to respect others who don’t share them. Or spider bites; those can be pretty nasty.

    Music is far too big, and serves far too many purposes in people’s lives for anyone to say it is or should be one thing.

  73. Jim Malec
    October 5, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Or one in which people are so sure of their own convictions that they’re unwilling to respect others who don’t share them.

    Hey Kettle, you’re black!

    Music is far too big, and serves far too many purposes in people’s lives for anyone to say it is or should be one thing.

    I completely agree with you! I’m so glad that I never said it should be, or is, one thing! Phew, I sure would have looked like a dunce if I had implied that! Good thing I didn’t!

  74. Jon
    October 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    “[Music] has moved forward because it is (and should be) a voice of rebellion, a voice of things to come, a voice shouting loudly in a quiet room for our souls to shiver.”

    I reckon that was written by some other Jim Malec.

  75. Jim Malec
    October 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Yeah Jon, that was some other Jim Malec.

    OK, let’s take this really slow.
    It is possible to say that Thing A is one thing without excluding the possibility that Thing A might also be another thing. A bluebird is blue. It is also a bird. A person who describes a bluebird as blue does not also have to add on, to the end of their statement, “and in addition to that, it’s a bird.”

    A bluebird has many attributes and the description of some of them in the context and spirit of a specific discussion (and to make a specific, relevant point) is not an all-encompassing portrayal of the full spectrum of characteristics of a frggin’ bluebird.

  76. Jon
    October 5, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Jim, the discussion wasn’t of different categories of attributes; it was of mutually exclusive attributes. You claimed music “is or should be” a voice of rebellion blah blah blah AS OPPOSED TO a voice of “high moral standard” – in fact, you specifically said that music “has never” moved people on that basis – and as I pointed out, there’s plenty of moving music that is not a voice of rebellion blah blah blah but a voice of “convention,” including “high moral standard.”

    Now, if you want to argue that, go ahead, but don’t try to weasel out of the job with a bunch of bird poop. You’re insulting your own intelligence.

  77. Jacquine
    October 6, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    all you guys that are bashing Mallory for doing the same old same old are honestly some of the most annoying people to me. i’d like to see you guys write a song with that kind of emotion and get a record deal

  78. Lucas
    October 6, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    1. I like this song.

    2. Jacquine, the people who get record deals these days have a 98% rate of being related to somebody high up at the label, having an affair with somebody high up, coming from an extremely wealthy family, or being buddy-buddy with somebody. Not saying that’s the case with Mallary, but it’s extremely hard for actually talented people to get heard in Nashville – LA is actually more open than Nashville to new talent… considerably more open.

    3. Jim, every english teacher I have/had would rip up your papers for the over-usage of “it,” my goodness man!

    4. What the heck is the deal with these “Digital EP’s” labels are hawking? No kidding they’re not turning profits. Physical product = more money.

  79. Stormy
    October 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Lucas: Physical products require the cost of pressing a cd, making the case, storing the cd, shipping the cd, storing it on the buyers end and finally paying someone to sell it. Physical product=less money.

  80. Matt B.
    October 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm


    98% of the people who DO get a record deal are NONE of those things you mention.

  81. Duduiohu
    October 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

    OMG…people! What the point of talking about others’ people business? Seem like some of yall don’t like her songwriter? SO? does that hurt your feeling? I definitely like Mallary Hope’s song – first time heard of her song I cry from the start to the end it bought me the memories of my beloved father who passed away two month ago…It hard to say Goodbye but he already prepare his road to Heaven. God took him and it time for me and the family to move on and stay in faith with God.

  82. merlefan49
    October 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    The song doesn’t do it for me either. The vocals are way to polished as the arrangement also.

  83. Toby Recliff
    November 1, 2009 at 10:51 am

    For all you guys that have nothing good to say about her, I don’t remember seeing any of your names on any major labels of anybody, or did I miss them? You guys need to keep your opinions to yourselves!

  84. Lucas
    November 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Matt, become friends with a person that has been one of the label heads of a label under the Universal umbrella and you’ll learn plenty of stories.

  85. Lucas
    November 1, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Stormy, you don’t pay somebody to sell it. They buy it from you and add a pre-determined markup. And yes, the physical product does make more money. Most people don’t download an entire album, if they did you would be correct. But the singles are what is downloaded. There may be cases where there’s more money made from downloads but they’re few and far between.

  86. Lucas
    November 1, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I almost think we need a discussion about which artists make more from downloads and which make less. Corey Smith cleans up on downloads.

  87. Steve M.
    November 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Are you the chairman of the American communist party? Do you have a problem with free speech? Or do you just have a problem with someone disagreeing with you?

    November 5, 2009 at 3:24 am


  89. Kaye
    November 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    It’s kind of funny to drop back in on this site and find that people are still talking about all of this. I know Mallary probably better than anyone and I can promise you she did not sleep with anyone to get her deal, she is not related to anyone on her label, she simply is a young 22 year old girl who has been out performing since she was 12 years old trying to work on her talent and share her music with a world that wanted to hear her. By the time she was in high school she was doing 100-150 shows a year. She is a gifted writer and vocalist. She moved to Nashville 5 years ago and began working on her deal.. So whether you like her music or you don’t please don’t insult her or any other artist who has worked hard for their chance by saying she had this deal given to her. She is a great writer, vocalist, performer and most of all a great hearted person. This song was inspired from a conversation she had with her sister who’s husband is now serving in Iraq. Take the time to find out more about her and her music and I think you might have a better perspective of the type of artist she truly is. Check out her facebook and get to know her, in fact you can ask her these questions and I know she would be glad to answer them..

    November 11, 2009 at 1:01 am


  91. Brian
    November 11, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    It’s actually dedicated to her sister and all military spouses.

  92. joe
    November 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    critics suck get a real job, this song is awsome
    to me, maybe not to you but she give it her all in this song and we need these songs to feel the emotions we hold inside. I heard this song played
    and I had to hear it again and again, that doesn,t
    happen very often.

  93. Please!
    November 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    You’re right about it pandering or playing a role of a sort to attract an audience, without a soul of it’s own. You’re wrong when you say it doesn’t work, b/c it does work.. that’s why it’s done over and over again. It may have the feel of a hallmark card to you b/c you know what’s going on but the majority of music fans do not, so they hear a love letter… I think it’s her most popular song right now on itunes..

  94. Layne
    December 15, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Many people can relate to this song. I think the lyrics are great. On June 6th 2009 my boyfriend in a car wreck, I was 15 and he was 17. This song really touched me. Also, the t-shirt thing, is something I can relate to, because on the hardest days I can put on his t-shirt and it makes me feel closer to him. I think this is an AMAZING song! I love it!!

  95. Jennifer
    January 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I love this song. I lost my dad in September 2009 to cancer. The lyrics are very depictive of what someone experiences when they have lost someone they love. I especially love the part about how the little girl looks like her dad because I am resemble my dad greatly. This song touches my heart and probably many other people’s hearts too!

  96. PINK
    March 23, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I love The song love lives on lol smileyface o yeah I am turning 23 on APRIL 3rd peace out

  97. Thomas
    October 27, 2010 at 6:40 am

    …woke up with that song in my head!

  98. Johnny
    December 3, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I love this song. It makes me cry everytime. I like to cry! My brother can sing it better than her though. He makes me cry too! I love him too!

  99. George Ostrom
    December 3, 2010 at 3:32 am

    She is another skinny non singing white girl that has been crammed down our throats! I want to see a fat white girl sing sometimes. Yaaaa!! for TWINKIES!!

  100. John Davidson
    October 14, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I can’t believe the internet still lets talentless hacks get behind their computer and spew their crappy small minded opinions. The world does not need critics. I don’t see any Siskel and Ebert wanabees on tv, and those two were wrong half the time. Country music is about life experience, and the song meets this criteria. People decide what they like, not you, dipstick. Go listen to “The Critic” by Toby Keith, and please, take it to heart.


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