If I Can Dream – The Dreaming Continues.

 

I was invited by The Bee to join her music blog party in celebrating life by sharing a song of a favorite musician who left this world too soon.Β https://beehalton.com/music-monday-blog-party-celebrate-your-life/everything

My older sister loved Elvis, so that’s how I learned about him and his music. On April 25, 1976, he performed at the Long Beach Arena, and my sister, her husband, my parents, and I went to the concert. I was 15 years old and truly in love with him. Who cares about a 26-year age difference. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t one of his screaming fans, though. I simply wanted to hear him sing. I wanted to hear the depth and richness of his voice.Β 

I’m grateful to have seen him in concert, but remembering the songs such as, “My Way” with the opening line of, “And now the end is near” is chilling, to say the least, since he passed away a year later. He lived longer than many musicians, yet, still died way too soon. He was the King of Rock ‘n Roll, and is still a legend to this day – even 41 years after his death.Β 

This song that I’ve chosen, “If I Can Dream” was powerful back then, but the lyrics still resonate to present time…

“If I Can Dream”

There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true?

There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away all the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear?

We’re lost in a cloud with too much rain
We’re trapped in a world that’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly

Deep in my heart there’s a trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer’s gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle
And while I can think,
While I can talk
While I can stand,
While I can walk
While I can dream,
Please let my dream come true… right now
Let it come true right now
Oh, yeah

WHATEVER WE DO IN OUR LIVES, KEEP ON DREAMIN’ – WATCHING FOR THAT BECKONING CANDLE!

Hugs, Lauren ❀❀❀

 

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38 thoughts on “If I Can Dream – The Dreaming Continues.

    • It was awesome, Sue, even though by that time, he had changed. Although, his voice was still amazing. I remember crying when I found out he had died, can still visualize that moment. Yet, I can’t remember why I walked into a room sometimes. πŸ™‚ It’s nice to meet another fan! Hugs! xo 🎢

      • Yes I also cried to along with my best friend who cried even harder.. She doted on him and his music.. She was devastated.. She would hang huge posters up of him where we worked before I left to get married and moved location. It was the year my second child was born. I so remember hearing the news.. Its was one of those moments, like hearing about President Kennedy’s assassination, A moment frozen in time. You remember where you were and how you heard it.
        Lucky you, that you got to see him perform.

      • So, I wasn’t the only one who shed tears on that dreadful day then…he became bigger than he even dreamed about, I’m sure, then his life spun out of control. There are a few songs of his that still get me teary-eyed. Do you still listen to his music? I have many of his albums, yes, we still have our albums. πŸ™‚ But I still listen to cds of him. I am grateful to have seen him, Sue, even though I was young. I vividly remember that evening. Hugs xo

      • You won’t believe this, Sue, but I have this cd. πŸ™‚ Love it! Thanks for the link, though. He was so charismatic, and he sure did it his way, didn’t he? 🎼 ❀

    • Aww, it’s great to meet another Elvis fan, Betty. 🎡 This song gives me the chills no matter how many times I hear it. Many songs do that, as well. You’re very welcome, and Hugs back to you, my friend! πŸ’

  1. Yes I was captivated by his voice, his moves and his genuine humility in spite of his success. He is a legend indeed and I still enjoy his songs today in spite of the fact my music tastes over the years have mellowed. That dates me doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for adding to this post, Ian. It’s amazing how after four decades, he is still so famous. He is a legend, indeed. I still listen to him, along with other music, but I don’t think there will come a day when I stop listening to his beautiful voice.
      By the way, your mellowed music taste doesn’t have anything to do with age. There are young people who love classical, a genre that is beautiful, but a little too slow for me. However, there are times when background music or light jazz are the better options. So, you’re not dating yourself. πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad you can relate to the Elvis-mania! And you’re right about his voice and songs being eternal. I’m very grateful to have seen him in concert, a night that is still so vivid even at the age of fifteen. πŸ™‚

  2. Thank you for sharing this wonderful song with us, Lauren! How awesome that you had the opportunity to see him live in concert! I absolutely love his music – he truly is the one and only king of rock and roll!
    Have a beautiful day! 😊 xoxo ❀
    P. S. I’ve nominated you for an award. πŸ˜‰πŸ’•

    • You’re welcome, and thanks so much, Sarah! It’s great to know another Elvis fan. πŸ™‚ I think this song will continue to be relevant in years to come, and it will continue to give me chills, like the first time I heard it.
      My day has been great, and I hope yours has been even better! I haven’t participated in awards in a long time, but thank you SO much, and I’ll check it out on your blog. Big hugs! πŸ’•πŸŽ΅πŸ˜

  3. Wow! You saw Elvis in real life…that must have been amazing. πŸ˜€ The lyrics here are so powerful – may we always believe in those dreams! A great post, Lauren. Hugs xx

    • It was amazing, Annika, and I wasn’t one of the usual screaming girls in the audience. I actually wanted to HEAR him sing. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind comment, my friend. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Hugs to you, too ❀

      • I’m like that when I’ve gone to see Tom Jones perform in recent years and just want to sit back and listen!! His voice is incredible and I love most of his songs! The shows are slightly marred by the screaming women, going crazy almost! Girls I can understand but it just feels slightly wrong! I have the new release of Elvis with the orchestra and it’s astonishing in its beauty and clarity!

    • Glad to hear you liked him, too, Eric. I also agree that he was humble and probably had no idea his life would become so big. It’s still sad that he died so young. But, his music lives on! Happy weekend, my friend! 🎢🎡😊

    • It’s great to learn you loved him, too, Michelle. I still remember the day and where I was when I found out he had died. I cried, along with millions of other fans. 41 is much too young to leave this world, but he is a legend and his music lives on. ❀🎼

  4. A fantastic post of an old Elvis original, the words of his song are unbelievable and so honest, if only the world could hear him sing that same song today, maybe his message of love could make a difference, beautiful sentimental post my friend.

    • Thanks so much, Ian, and wouldn’t it be awesome if the world could hear him sing this song today? The music, lyrics, and his voice continue to give me chills and probably will thirty years from now. πŸ™‚ I’m so happy you liked this post and it’s always great to find another fan, too. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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