I’m headed to Las Vegas today for BlogWorld, and I cannot think about Las Vegas without thinking about Elvis Presley.
He was an icon of Rock and Roll who flamed out way too early, but what he left us was an amazing body of work.
One song in particular has always resonated with me, and to this day is a source of inspiration. I wrote about it a few years ago:
I was exposed to Elvis at a young age – the local movie theater used to show Elvis movies at its Saturday matinees, and my parents would take us there quite often. I saw Blue Hawaii, Spinout, Clambake, and just about every other corny Elvis movie. So instead of Disney or other cartoon characters, my childhood entertainment was the man who was just way, way cool, and could sing up a storm (even if he was sleepwalking through some of these movies).
I also remember a television show that he did in 1968 – it’s now known as Elvis’ Comeback Special. Here was a performer at the peak of his powers, and even at 8 years old I could appreciate his command of the audience and the passion of his song delivery.
One song in particular that stood out was “If I Can Dream“. Take a look at the lyrics:
If I Can Dream (by W. Earl Brown)
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
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, yeah.
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.
Anytime I’m feeling a little down, or need a pick-me-up, I queue up “If I Can Dream“, and before you know it, I’m back to the business of dream fulfillment.
And flying….. 🙂