I often wondered why I was fascinated with the song Fantasy by Earth, Wind and Fire.
I discovered it was a single from their eight studio album released around the time I was born.
(Now everything made sense!). But I'm not talking about Fantasy in this post.
The legends of funk and disco (depends on which side of the fence you sit on really) showcase the prolific talent in their band. The guitar work in the beginning of the song, then the bass before the signature horn section hits is classic Earth, Wind and Fire.
Shining Star focuses on you wishing upon a star, being a star, something perennial that stands the test of time because stars will always appear in the night sky. Stars produce dreams, or can at least live the dreams, make the dreams a reality. Wishing on dreams alone may lead to those dreams staying just that - dreams without goals in place to make them reality.
When you wish upon a star
Dreams can take you very far, yeah
When you wish upon a dream
Life aint always what it seems, oh yeah
And once you achieve those dreams - it's time to create new ones that you can achieve.
If you ever needed a mantra to echo around your head while you're contemplating what you need to do, how to motivate yourself or erase any of that niggling self-doubt that always seems to surface when you are about to enact a decision that you have struggled or agonised over (for what seems like hours, yet has only been a matter of minutes) I like to remember the lines of the chorus:
You're a shining star, no matter who you are
Shining bright to see, what you can truly be
The biggest thing about self-belief is that only YOU can activate it.
When you're ready to be the best of who you are and not worry about how others will view you or feel self-conscious about really "going for it" means that you feel comfortable enough in your own skin to own yourself. Own you or get owned - solid.
There have been some remakes or sampling of this track in different songs, but the treatment of the samples don't particularly interest me. I guess I love hearing a live band perform in full melodic themes as opposed to hearing the snippets that sampling does (the bad hatchet job!).
Shining star so bright to see
What your life can truly be