There is a deep richness to the work of Marva Holiday. Originally from California but now steeped in the warmth of Arizona, the artist has been making waves in the soul and R&B scene since the late 60s.
“I was pushed out of the industry by ageism,” she says, explaining how she wants to be an inspiration to other older artists. “I’m not letting that stop me from coming right back, right now!”
It can be challenging to continue building on an established legacy, but Holiday keeps her smooth catalogue fresh with candidness. On “Reflections” she, well, reflects on the mistakes often made in relationships. It’s an almost universally human experience: realizing that you are expecting too much from someone else.
With a deep piano hook that immediately entices and the glimmer of spacious guitar, “Reflections” opens up in honesty. Holiday is not afraid to lay her mistakes bare in order to cut to the heart of her message: we have to glean happiness from ourselves and can’t wait for someone else to find it for us.
With gliding vocals at the forefront and elegant piano the whole way through, “Reflections” is a thoughtful piece that serves as an excellent showcase of Marva Holiday’s established talent.