GENTRI released a new video this week that is sure to touch the hearts of parents and children everywhere. “Don’t Let Go” sends a message of love and hope, and pays tribute to the fathers who love their children unconditionally.
In the description for the video, GENTRI explained, “As we approach Father’s Day weekend, we pay tribute to the men who have had the courage to love us unconditionally, to pick us up when we’ve fallen and to never stop believing in us. When in the midst of trial, turmoil, and tribulation, a Father’s love for his child can serve as a powerful reminder, “Don’t Let Go.”
In between shots of the tenor trio, we see the story unfold of a modern day prodigal son. A father and son have a falling out, and as the son goes on his way he encounters many hardships and trials. Drinking, drugs, homelessness, and incarceration all ensue. As time goes on, the son seems to turn a corner and begins to think of his childhood and father once again. All this time, we see the father missing his son tremendously and aching for his safety and hopeful return.
The son relapses into his old ways after a failed relationship, and his life begins to spiral downward once more. But this time, instead of letting go completely, he begins to think of home. Taking what little he has, he sets off trying to get back, walking, running and hitchhiking his way. When he finally arrives, however, his guilt and embarrassment hold him back and he is unable to walk up to the door. Instead, he becomes overwhelmed and sits by the fence, unsure of what to do next. It’s not until the father walks by the window and sees him, running out in disbelief and with nothing but welcoming arms, that the two are reunited. Together, they walk into the home and we are left to imagine how the rest of the reunion goes.
GENTRI’s “Don’t Let Go” is a powerful song by itself, but coupled with its music video it provides an incredibly touching reminder to fathers and mothers everywhere that loving your children no matter what is not wrong, and often has more of an impact than we realize. The song is beautifully performed, and paired with its moving video, will touch the hearts of anyone who watches.
Your music reaches my heart instantly.
I am thinking of leaving the church for good and I listen to this song and I have tears in my eyes.
The words have a different meaning for me I suppose.
Your songs are about the only thing I haven’t let go of, yet.
I put my Temple recommend in a tithing envelope last week and only went to church after the first block when I knew I would have a chance to find the Bishop busy. I walked up and slid the envelope in his pocket and left. I didn’t give him a chance to speak with me. I don’t want to talk about who I am or am not.
I have been the person in this video many years ago, long before I joined the church, I can relate to him. I know what it is like to turn to the bottle to kill the pain of life. I am female not male, like him. I lived the life of the church for several years and now I want to be free, but I know what living his kind of life feels like and I don’t want to go back to that, but I want to live my life till I find out who I am. I feel like being a witness of the Saviour is a lie, for me right now. I have been given many revelations and followed when He has asked me to do things and have incredible experiences I didn’t deserve to have, and He has comforted me in unexplainable ways people would not understand. But I still miss the link of believing all the way and I don’t know why other than maybe there is a part of me still living that long ago life, that maybe I am unable to change or let go of fully what I once lived to cover all the pain that I felt inside. Maybe it became a habit. I know the difference between Charity and lust, but one sometimes leads to another, in my mind. I keep a distance from other people to some degree. Having one of the seven deadly sins wipes out all the seven virtues instantly. Regret is not a part of life I want to live with so I keep myself alone away from everyone, including my family, my children, they don’t want a relationship with me and that is understandable considering I lived with depression and denied it for many years. I’m so much better now, but the damage has already been done. I have learned to move on. I just don’t know where I want to go. I am 55 so I need to figure out a direction to go in soon. I don’t know anymore that the church is where I want to be. I have to figure out on my own who I am, who I want to be and where in life I fit.
Thanks for your beautiful music. I listen and watch it often. It lets me know I still have a heart.
Hello Cindy, I just came across this comment you wrote five years ago. I can relate because in the past I have felt the way you did and wondered what my purpose in life was. I am not LDS, but I believe in God and that He put each one of us here on earth for a reason. I really like this quote by Corrie ten Boom, who was in a German concentration camp, “Every experience God gives us is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.” I pray that in these last five years you have found the direction that God wants you to go in.
This song is amazing. It will reach the soul of anyone hurting so much they feel they can’t go on. It did for me. Thank you for your music it is a true gift.
With the loss of my Father and my spouse leaving. I have struggled with why the Lord allows me to experience so many losses and struggles through my life. I didn’t not look up the meaning of this song until today and felt the sadness of my father passing and pandora went to the next song. Joseph’s prayer and I felt again the love my Father in heaven has for me.
Pain in this life will be endless, loss in this life is endless, and with the Lord nothing is lost. Thank you my brothers, thank you for listening to the words that the lord placed in your heart. It saves souls!!