In the “Musical Insights” series, country artists share their thoughts on some of their most popular tunes.
There are some songs that are just too personal and contain so much raw emotion, it’s nearly impossible for the writer to sing them. Such is the case for Delta Rae‘s Eric Holljes when it comes to the six-piece band’s new single, “No Peace in Quiet.”
“I wrote “No Peace in Quiet” after breaking up with the first person I ever loved,” Eric explains in a press release from his label. “It was my fault things had ended, and I was crushed. When she left, and I heard the door close behind her, I found myself in my apartment alone for the first time in a long time, and I became completely overwhelmed by something I didn’t expect: The silence. It was deafening. All I could hear in the quiet were memories of her and a voice inside my head asking, ‘What have I done?’
“I tried to distract myself and get through it, but I couldn’t stay in my apartment anymore,” the piano player continues. “In fact, I found it too hard to stay in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is where I had lived for most of my life. Everything reminded me of what I had lost, and I felt like such an idiot. So I got the courage to do something I had dreamt of doing for a long time – I moved to Nashville.
“This was the first song I wrote when I got to town. This song is about losing somebody you love and trying to get used to life without them. When we went into the studio to record our album, the feelings were still too raw for me. So I asked my bandmate, and one of my closest friends, Liz Hopkins, to sing it for me. And she made it every bit as haunting and heartbreaking as it felt.”
You can find “No Peace in Quiet” on the band’s debut EP, “A Long and Happy Life.” Watch the video here: