Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Somewhere over the rainbow (over the rainbow) . . .

Somewhere over the rainbow is normally associated with Judy Garland as Dorothy in the musical Wizard of Oz.  This simple yet beautiful song has enjoyed many cover versions over the years, each with the artist's unique style shining through.  Two notable ones for me are the ukulele inspired version by Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole which appeared on various movie soundtracks such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Meet Joe Black, 50 First Dates and The Impossible - and today's featured artist - Eva Cassidy, whose version of the song was played on BBC radio.  Her rendition of Somewhere over the rainbow catapulted her posthumously into super stardom - with album sales on both sides of the Atlantic ensuring her position as a star in her own right.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby

The opening of the song instantly tells you that Eva Cassidy's version of Somewhere over the rainbow has a different feel to Judy Garland's original performance - the different time signature, the phrasing and the dynamic, textural quality of her singing make her sound as light as air, or facial spray mist that refreshes you.  I haven't heard honey tones in a voice like hers since Karen Carpenter.  

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Sometimes we forget to dare ourselves to dream the dreams that we are entitled to dream.
We probably think too much about people would think and trap ourselves in that same pattern of self-sabotage.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I've been having some conversations lately with friends who feel that they are on the cusp of something huge in their lives, and they have lacked the confidence to commit themselves to a decision.  (Those same friends would probably say the same for me too haha - but settle Gretel, I'm completely on a path that is set for the next few years :-) ).

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
Is where you'll find me

Ok, so I've got plans for the next few years - what are your plans?  Commit to something, don't make a wish and hope it comes true.  Faith without deeds is meaningless, so get your hustle on.  Depending on how hard you want to work, you can push those clouds behind you today rather than some other vague time in the time continuum that you are unwilling to address and have even less power to control.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Above the rainbow
Then why oh why can't I?

You know what rainbows are like.  They are fleeting, only appear at certain times, then disappear before you can find that pot of gold at the end of it.  So you can either keep marvelling at the illusion of rainbows or paint your world all of the brilliant colours of the rainbow.  Don't spend too much time wallowing in one colour - otherwise your world becomes a drab and boring colour that limits your imagination.  So come on - let's go and fly with the bluebirds.  Take my hand and we'll fly somewhere over the rainbow. . .