My fellow blogger on ChicagoNow, Jack Spatafora, wrote about dreams the other day and got me thinking about them. There are nocturnal ones and ones we entertain fully awake--- aspirations or even visions like in Dr. King's "I Have a Dream"speech. They can be frightening, kooky, convoluted, adventuresome, mysterious, ominous, or wet.
The nocturnal varieties seem to last for ages but really are brief interludes between sleep and consciousness.
Sigmund Freud based his psychotherapy on them in his :"Interpretation of Dreams". But their analyses goes back to ancient times and to all cultures. In the Old Testament, Joseph used them to advance his career.
And of course,they are embedded in popular song. Here are a few of my personal favorites with the dream meme.
(1) "On a Dreamer's Holiday": Perry Como recorded this enchanting standard. As has Willie Nelson. Memorable lyric: "Close your eyes an' concentrate/ An' dream for all you're worth."
(2) "Dream a Little Dream with Me": Mama Cass's ravishing version might be the best. But other notables have sung it too. Namely, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, Michael Buble, and even Louis Armstrong. Memorable lyric: "Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you./Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you./ But in your dreams whatever they be,/ Dream a little dream of me."
(3) "All I Have to Do Is Dream": One of the trademark ditties of the Everly Brothers. Memorable lyric: "When I feel blue in the night,/And I need you to hold me tight/Whenever I need you, all I have to do is/Dream."
(4) "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas": The Irving Berlin perennial holiday favorite sung by, who else, Bing Crosby. Memorable lyric: "I'm dreaming of white Christmas/Just like the ones I used to know./Where the tree-tops glisten and children listen/ To hear sleigh-bells in the snow."
(5) "I Can Dream Can't I": The Carpenters recorded this, but the bittersweet renditon of the inimitable Andrew Sisters can't be topped. Memorable lyric: "I can see/ No matter how near you'll be/You'll never belong to me/But I can dream, can't I."
Let me end with a show stopper, the inspiring
(6) "The Impossible Dream": From 'The Man of La Mancha" sung by the main character Don Quixote, whose mind has been deranged by books about knights and their derring-do. The eloquent and expressively beautiful lyrics of Joe Darion deserve to be quoted in their entirety:
"To dream the impossible dream/To fight the unbeatable foe/To bear with unbearable sorrow/To run where the brave dare not go."
"To right the unrightable wrong/To love pure and chaste from afar/To try when your arms are too weary/To reach the unreachable star."
"This is my quest/To follow that star/No matter how hopeless/No matter how far."
"To fight for the right/Without question or pause/To be willing to march into Hell/For a heavenly cause."
"And I know if I'll only be true/To this glorious quest/That my heart will lie peaceful and calm/When I'm laid to my rest."
"And the world will be better for this/That one man scorned and covered with scars/Still strove with his last ounce of courage/To reach the unreachable stars."