Saturday, 22 March 2014

Your time has come to shine. . . all your dreams are on their way. . .

Part of my musical landscape growing up was listening to folk duo Simon and Garfunkel.
I had the sheet music for Bridge over troubled water, played it in meditation for myself many times, loved playing the piano introduction before the vocals hit, something about the epic balladness of it all with the block chords and dramatic arpeggios in the left hand.  But of course when the vocals hit, the manner in which the piano is played changed with the full range of the keys to give the dynamic variance, showing the shades of darks and lights.  The sign of a good song really - that dynamic shift that allows any singer of the song, the freedom to interpret it in a way that makes it their own.

One such example is the Josh Groban and Brian McKnight rendition of the song. The perfect melting pot of singing styles in one song.  But the original version featuring Simon & Garfunkel shows that the musical interlude after the first chorus, signals the introduction of the reverberation vocal effects and also brings with it the rhythmic drive from the bass line and the melismatic harmonies in the treble.  The second musical interlude introduces the symphonic treatment with the strings, a bass guitar and the almost psychedelic echo of unison singing together with the drum kit.

For me this gradual rising as each new verse and chorus rings out is symbolic of when you start to gain confidence in yourself to finally pursue what it is you have dared to dream.  And we all know that you might need a helping hand to get you to the next stage of your dream, your own cheer squad who will continue to motivate you and keep your eyes focused on the prize.

Everybody has "their person" who you would probably imagine, singing this to you, when you've felt like you've given something, everything you've got, and you still think that you've failed.  The important thing to remember is that if you do fail - learn from the pain, pick yourself up and keep pressing on.

Just remember to always talk with someone and keep them in the loop with what you are going through.  There are more than enough people who would be willing to lay themselves down for you when you need them.

Happy Birthday +Moana Timoko
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way