Thursday, October 5, 2023

Lost in the Music: Finding No Hope in the Words and Music of "If I Can Dream"


Music possesses the remarkable ability to speak for the soul in ways that words alone cannot fathom. It transcends linguistic boundaries, tapping into the deepest recesses of human emotions.

In 1971, I was seventeen and passionately in love for the first time.  Elton John’s ‘Your Song” played on the radio and became the voice of my heart, expressing joy, sorrow, love, and longing.   A year later it was “American Woman” by the Guess Who, an anthem that resonate my innermost feelings.

Lyrics weave stories and emotions, providing solace when words fail. A single note can evoke memories, conjuring forgotten moments, and igniting passions buried within.

The “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel kept me company during my sad times and was counter balanced by “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”

Whether it's the melancholic strains of a ballad or the exuberant beats of an anthem, a song resonates with our innermost feelings, offering a refuge for the soul to share its most profound thoughts and emotions with the world.

Lately it’s been “American Tune” by Paul Simon.  Like Paul says in this song “I’m just weary to my bones.” “When I think of the road we’re traveling on, I wonder what’s gone wrong.”  America has lost its way and if you can’t see it, I can promise you that there are no words that I could use to make you see.   

Over the years when I have felt like all is lost. I have turned to “If I Can Dream” by Elvis.  “There must be lights burning brighter somewhere.  If I can dream of a warmer sun . . . why won’t that sun appear?”  If the beaconing candle is still there, it is flickering and almost extinguished.

What a long strange trip it’s been.

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