Since the subject of pursuing your dreams came up yesterday, I thought I’d do a follow-up post, about two of my favorite songs. They haven’t come up before because, well, they’re not books! But since they’re both about dreams, they’re appropriate to the theme. They could even be a response to one of the questions essay writers answered for Living the Life of My Dreams.
What is your favorite audio material, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Michael Crawford is my favorite singer; he’s best known as the original Phantom of the Opera, but I have his other CDs as well and they’re amazing. He’s a wonderfully talented singer who puts so much emotion into songs, and can hold notes for ridiculous lengths of time. My favorite song is “A Piece of Sky,” which is all about following your dreams. In essence, it’s about realizing that from your window you can only see a piece of sky, stepping outside and seeing that the world is so much bigger:
What’s wrong with wanting more?
If you can fly, then soar.
With all there is, why settle for
Just a piece of sky?
I can’t find a clip online anywhere of Crawford singing this one. You can listen to Barbra Streisand sing it (although, with all due respect to Streisand, I like Crawford’s version better) or you can find it hiding as the second half of “Papa, Can You Hear Me,” on his concert CD and available on iTunes. Or you can do what I did, and buy his CD, A Touch of Music in the Night, which has the best version. Just for a sample, here’s another of Crawford’s songs. And I swear I’m not being compensated for recommending his music!
My other favorite song about following dreams may be from an odd source…Newsies is a live-action Disney movie about a newsboy strike. There’s one song, “Santa Fe,” that’s sung by the lead character (a very young Christian Bale!) and is all about his dream to go to Santa Fe. Santa Fe becomes symbolic about pursuing a new life:
When I dream, on my own, I’m alone but I ain’t lonely,
For a dream o’ nights the only time of day,
When the city’s finally sleeping, and my thoughts begin to stray,
And I’m on the train that’s bound for Santa Fe.
And I’m free, like the wind, like I’m gonna live forever.
It’s a feeling time can never take away.
All I need’s a few more dollars, and I’m out of here to stay.
Dreams come true–yes they do–in Santa Fe.
I hope you all get the chance to see how big the sky is–and to find your Santa Fe.