Sunday, 22 February 2015

Only when I'm dreaming. . .

Birds sing out of tune, songs with no refrain
Nested in purple trees, nothing seems to rhyme

Only when I'm dreaming
Is there harmony and meaning
Only when I'm dreaming with you

It's strange when you think about how your environment seems out of sync with what's going on in your mind.  When you look at things in your physical world, it's almost as if your eyes can't quite process what it is seeing, so your mind can't make sense of the messages that are relayed to your mind's eye.  The feeling of recognition and appreciation, particularly of someone that you care about, manifests itself in how your eyes light up when they enter the room or enter your line of vision. Being aware of visual cues, being open to how you can connect with the opportunities to interpret what you're seeing, allows you to continue to make sense and create knowledge.


So what happens when you have dreams?  When your physical world doesn't give you the same harmony or meaning, it's no wonder people value sleep so much (as well as it being a great way to lose weight - having enough sleep!) but everyone knows that your dreams tell you things that your conscious mind, might not dare say out loud.

Empty hour glass, running out of time
Yesterday is here
Now will never pass

Only when I'm dreaming
Is there harmony and meaning
I am only dreaming when I'm deeper in the arms
The arms of love
The arms of love

I love the instrumentation in this song, the way it comes together in the composition.  It is understated and comes across as fairly simple but you can't escape the flawlessness of Ripperton's vocal range.  I can imagine that she would've been a great musical influence for Mariah Carey for the range alone.
The bossanova beat helps to keep the song humming along at an easy shuffle before the horns play a more prominent role in this section of the song - particularly through the adventurous background vodals

Birds are now in tune
Since I'm with you
Songs have sweet refrain
Since I'm with you

I hope that whoever you spend time with, that you enjoy that time together.  Albeit briefly, as we don't know how much time we have on this earth, it certainly gives rise to the notion that, if you like the conversations and getting to know someone - don't overcomplicate it.  Enjoy it for what it is and don't get bogged down with labels or society's penchant for seeing you labelled because it's all about what makes sense for them - rather than what makes sense for you.

There will be the rare moments when the very things that happen only when I'm dreaming happen when I'm also awake. . .