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. 🙂 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.
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.
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!
I must be dreaming when I say
good-night to the moon
I’m wrapped in your arms
our loving cocoon
then each morning when I wake
I fall into your eyes
swimming in your oceans
with the heat of our own sunrise
and when you pull me in deeper
with your slow moving kiss
we travel to a new world
in this feeling of bliss